ISBN 9781928331568
ePub ISBN 9781928331575
Pages 210
Dimensions 234 x 156 mm
Published 2018
Publisher African Minds Publishers, South Africa
Formats Paperback, eBook

The Social Dynamics of Open Data

edited by François van Schalkwyk, Stefaan G. Verhulst, Gustavo Magalhaes

The Social Dynamics of Open Data is a collection of peer reviewed papers presented at the 2nd Open Data Research Symposium (ODRS) held in Madrid, Spain, on 5 October 2016. Research is critical to developing a more rigorous and fine-combed analysis not only of why open data is valuable, but how it is valuable and under what specific conditions. The objective of the Open Data Research Symposium and the subsequent collection of chapters published here is to build such a stronger evidence base. This base is essential to understanding what open data’s impacts have been to date, and how positive impacts can be enabled and amplified. Consequently, common to the majority of chapters in this collection is the attempt by the authors to draw on existing scientific theories, and to apply them to open data to better explain the socially embedded dynamics that account for open data’s successes and failures in contributing to a more equitable and just society.

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About the Editor

François van Schalkwyk

François Van Schalkwyk is an independent researcher working in the areas of higher education studies, open data and scholarly communication. He holds masters degrees in education and publishing, and is currently reading for his doctorate in science communication at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. Recent publications include the volumes Castells in Africa: Universities and Development and The Social Dynamics of Open Data, as well as the journal article ‘African university presses and the institutional logic of the knowledge commons’ (Learned Publishing).