Digital ubiquity has disrupted the traditional university model. The internet has shifted the balance of a tension between control and disorder in knowledge production, with many of the opportunities the web brings leading directly to many of the challenges we now need to address. Lucy Montgomery and Cameron Neylon advocate for the idea of universities as Open Knowledge Institutions, which would support and provide spaces for the world’s creative diversity to contribute to a common stock of global knowledge. This means reinventing some of our ideas about what university is, or should be, while also recognising that this change has to be an evolution, not a revolution.
What does it actually mean for a university to be “open”? In Europe the release of “Plan S” to deliver 100% open access by 2020 has garnered the expected bouquets (and brickbats) from the expected players. MIT Library has released a report surveying the wider policy landscape and laying out some of the context and expectations it has of itself in developing open access. In Latin America, SciElO is celebrating 20 years of delivering open access on a large scale.