Following on from my reflections on areas of change in repositories and digital libraries , a quick note that Alma Swan’s blog Optimal Scholarship has some extended discussion about some of the things I touched on in commenting about data, where things should be deposited and institutional branding/ goodwill.
These are, as ever, worth a read:
- Open Data – three perspectives
- Here, there, or even everywhere? Where researchers should deposit their articles?
Direction from funding bodies about open access to datasets and resulting articles is a key part of the changing the development of how universities manage their stuff and how we can access, use, and reuse it.
I’m left wondering though – who could have this effect on learning materials?
I’m not necessarily advocating that all learning materials should be open access (that’s a very different conversation than the one about journal articles and one that, with some notable exceptions, hasn’t really happened yet), but who plays the role of the research funding councils in that debate?