Open or ajar?: 'openness' within the neoliberal academy

Bowie, Simon and Sanders, Kevin Open or ajar?: 'openness' within the neoliberal academy., 2019 . In Open Repositories 2019, Hamburg, Germany, 10th-13th June 2019. (In Press) [Conference paper]

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The terms 'open' and 'openness' are widely used across the current higher education environment particularly in the areas of repository services and scholarly communications. Open-access licensing and open-source licensing are two prevalent manifestations of open culture within higher education research environments. As theoretical ideals, open-licensing models aim at openness and academic freedom. But operating as they do within the context of global neoliberalism, to what extent are these models constructed by, sustained by, and co-opted by neoliberalism? In this paper, we interrogate the use of open-licensing within scholarly communications and within the larger societal context of neoliberalism. Through synthesis of various sources, we will examine how open access licensing models have been constrained by neoliberal or otherwise corporate agendas, how open access and open scholarship have been reframed within discourses of compliance, how open-source software models and software are co-opted by politico-economic forces (Barron & Preater, 2018), and how the language of 'openness' is widely misused in higher education and repository services circles to drive agendas that run counter to actually increasing openness. We will finish by suggesting ways to resist this trend and use open-licensing models to resist neoliberal agendas in open scholarship.

Item type: Conference paper
Keywords: Openness under neoliberalism, Open-access licensing in capitalism, The politics of open-licensing
Subjects: B. Information use and sociology of information > BE. Information economics.
B. Information use and sociology of information > BG. Information dissemination and diffusion.
E. Publishing and legal issues. > ED. Intellectual property: author's rights, ownership, copyright, copyleft, open access.
L. Information technology and library technology > LZ. None of these, but in this section.
Depositing user: Mr Simon Bowie
Date deposited: 19 Jun 2019 19:48
Last modified: 19 Jun 2019 19:48


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