Open Science and the Academic Profession

An academic article posted by Rosanna De Rosa and Biagio Aragona on JEDEM

Open science is considered a new science paradigm to make research accessible, accountable, and effective. Open science is already changing the academic profession starting from micro-practices to professional relations with epistemic communities and stakeholders, with implications that we are not yet able to predict.

The article delves first into literature and official documentation to unfold the discursive regimes which sustain the spread of open science. A specific focus is then devoted to the professional transition, highlighting the role of funding organizations in setting the new science environment and the subjective experience of academics. The article is completed by a case study in the field of Research Data Management where the misalignment among incumbent/changing processes can be more apparent.  

The project Open Badge Ecosystem for the Recognition of Skills in Research Data Management and Sharing (OBERRED) provided meaningful insights as a specific case study. We participated in this project in order to deliver training to academics on RDM through open education means employing an open skill recognition system (Badges). Finally, a research agenda that focuses on how academic micro-practices are affecting organizations and science structures is proposed.  The article is downloadable in open access format.

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