We want a system that is built for everyone. A system where all identities, bodies, and stories are valued; where your geography is not your destiny; and where your bank account doesn’t determine your access. Open scholarship is an invitation and an aspiration, and we will continue to work towards it until every voice is included.
The existing structures and systems of scholarly production are built on capitalism, white supremacy, settler colonialism, hetero-patriarchy, and misogyny. Our institutions use exclusion as an indicator of excellence and see labor as a commodity.
Open scholarship, as defined here, challenges these structures and provides an opportunity to embed anti-racism, anti-capitalism, and intersectional feminism in our scholarly communication system. When marginalized people are actively excluded, our scholarly record misses out on what could be a richer, fuller, more nuanced, and more beautiful account of the world.
What Is Operations?
What is the difference between ops and tech?
Operations = what we want to do
Technology = how to do it
In this work, we will consider operations and technology as the work of management, concerned with organizing and designing open scholarly activities, initiatives, and infrastructure. These may be social, technical, and/or physical.
The Components of Operations
Using the Wikipedia definition, we identified components of operations most applicable to those looking to build their practice as open scholars or friends/supporters of open scholarship.
Based on the above components, we came up with questions, resources, how-to’s and personal perspectives for each.
Guides like this tend to be written for people who are writing or building code. We’d like to see representation of groups in social science, librarianship, and other communities who build software but are not identified as software developers. We want to write for champions of open scholarship in institutions who often work across departments and research areas (e.g., librarians, archivists, data managers).
In the context of tech/ops for open scholarship, our audience can fit into the following subcategories.
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