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Contextualizing Openness: Situating Open Science

Leslie Chan, Angela Okune, Rebecca Hillyer, Denisse Albornoz, and Alejandro Posada
University of Ottawa Press, IDRC

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Contextualizing Openness offers a fascinating look at Open Science and the democratization of knowledge in international development and social transformation with a focus on the Global South. This volume presents contri­butions from the 12 projects that form the Open and Collaborative Science in Development Network (OCSDNet) organized around four central themes: Defining Open Sci­ence in Development, Governing Open Science, Negotiat­ing Open Science, and Expanding Open Science for Social Transformation. The collective goal is to illustrate how the opportunities and challenges associated with openness vary across regions and, further, to identify the key dif­ferences that characterize the actors, institutions, as well as the infrastructure and governance of knowledge-based resources in highly diverse settings.

To understand the movement toward Open Science and its impact on the thinking and practices that drive development, we must challenge the asymmetry of global knowledge production and of access to this knowledge. Contextualizing Open­ness aims to stimulate further research and debates about how to collectively design a knowledge system that is open and equitable for all.

The editors

Members of the editorial team.
Members of the editorial team. From left to right: Becky Hillyer, Angela Okune, Alejandro Posada, Denisse Albornoz and Leslie Chan.

Leslie Chan is associate professor in the Department of Arts, Culture and Media and the Centre for Critical Development Studies at the University of Toronto Scarborough. Chan is the principal investigator of the Open and Collaborative Science in Development Network.

Angela Okune is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Irvine. She has been involved with OCSDNet as a network coordinator since its inception in 2014.

Rebecca Hillyer served as monitoring and evaluation coordinator with OCSDNet from 2015 to 2018. She has worked for community-based research and advocacy organizations across Canada, Ghana, South Africa, and the UK.

Denisse Albornoz was a research associate at OCSDNet from 2015 to 2018. She currently works for Hiperderecho, a digital rights organization in Peru.

Alejandro Posada is a research analyst for Econometria Consultores, a policy evaluation firm based in Colombia. He was a research associate with OCSDNet and project director with Knowledge G.A.P.