Jonathan Gray on Recomposing Scholarship

A topic that is much on the mind of any freelance writer whose work occasionally intersects with the formal academic (or like mine, runs for long stretches in parallel with regular interwinings) – is the availability of research materials to those operating outside of the institutional framework.

This is a thoughtful recent presentation on the issue by my friend (and incidentally ex-student) Jonathan Gray, Director of Policy at the Open Knowledge Foundation.

Some academic researchers go to great lengths to make their work more openly available at no cost; some publishers got to great lengths to make their `property’ expensive. Humanities publishers seem to be much more mean than those in the sciences – It is a complex topic which we will very definitely be revisiting …