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Accessible language: The old-new problem for climate change adaptation in an open science world

By Katherine Laycock, OCSDNet Research Affiliate and PhD candidate at the University of Waterloo, School of Planning As we continue to see the palpable effects of climate change through increasing temperatures, floods, droughts, sea level rise, and extreme storm surges, the realities of our shifting climate are being challenged by a growing global response. The Paris […]

The Meeting of Two Worlds: Combining Traditional and Scientific Knowledge

By: Hector Botero, Karisma Foundation  Translated by: Denisse Albornoz The case Biofertilizers and Biofuels of ‘My Land’, Colombia Summary: The project ‘Biofertilizers and Biofuels of My Land ’ uses a combination of traditional and scientific knowledge to identify efficient and relevant uses for byproducts of coffee processing and sugar cane production for the community. Relying on […]

El Rol de la Ciencia Abierta en Comunidades Indígenas Colombianas

Por: Jorge E. Orejuela-Gartner, Grupo de Estudios Ambientales para el Desarrollo Sostenible-GEADES; Universidad Autónoma de Occidente, Cali, Colombia. Resumen: La Ciencia Abierta respalda a las comunidades indígenas en sus aspiraciones para el ‘Buen Vivir’, sus pretensiones de autonomía territorial y el fortalecimiento de su cultura e identidad. Juega un papel trascendental en el Buen Vivir, motivando […]

Reflection on the Role of Open Science for Colombian Indigenous Communities

By: Jorge E. Orejuela-Gartner Group Environmental Studies for Sustainable Development-GEADES Universidad Autonoma de Occidente, Cali, Colombia Summary: Open Science can support traditional communities in their aspiration to attain Buen Vivir (Living Well), territorial autonomy and the strengthening of their cultures and identities. It can motivate knowledge production about key elements for their current well-being and […]

My Journey as OpenCon Organizer in Nairobi: Advocating for Open Access, Open Data and Open Education

Guest blog post by Lillian Juma Open Access is a movement and for a movement’s impact to be felt, solidarity amongst individuals and institutions is crucial. Let our voices be louder than ever before. I am the OpenCon/Open Access advocate, Lilian Juma. This is about my journey as the OpenCon conference organizer in Kenya. Today also […]

Toward context-sensitive openness: how understanding multicultural conceptions of openness can help us better apply it

Guest blog post by: Hani Morsi Hani Morsi is a doctoral candidate at the Institute of Development Studies at University of Sussex, UK. He is interested in issues at the intersection of technology, knowledge and politics. He blogs at http://p2pdemocracy.com and tweets @hanimorsi. Summary:  ‘Openness’ assumes equal access and opportunity; but not all cultures may […]