Beyond openness: use of knowledge and public issues in non-hegemonic contexts

by Juan Layna, Hugo Ferpozzi, and Emiliano Martin Valdez of the “Can OCS Meet Social Needs?” Project Summary: Access and participation on their own are not sufficient to ensure local social use of scientific knowledge. This situation is complicated even further in non-hegemonic contexts such as Latin America. But if access and openness are not […]

From #ScienceMustFall to #ScienceMustOpen: The need to support diverse forms of knowledge in science

By: Becky Hillyer See the original Medium article here. – – – A recent Youtube video captures a student from the University of Cape Town (UCT) declaring that “science is a product of western modernity” and that “the whole thing should be scratched off.” She goes on to suggest examples of how commonly understood and accepted scientific […]

Could Transgressive Approaches to Open and Collaborative Science Contribute Towards Transformative Climate Change Adaptation?

By Cath Traynor of the Indigenous Knowledge and Climate Change Adaptation project Summary: Dr. Cath Traynor (Natural Justice), and Community Researcher, Mr Gerren De Wet (Indigenous Nama youth) presented on the OCSDNet ‘Indigenous knowledge and climate change adaptation project’ at the recent 2nd Southern African Adaptation Colloquium 7-8 July, 2016 in Johannesburg, South Africa (hosted by GSRI, Wits […]

Negotiating openness: are participation and access enough?

By Hugo Ferpozzi of the “Can OCS Meet Social Needs?” project Scientific knowledge is commonly expected to address social demands based on local problems, but the groups affected by these problems are not always capable of taking advantage of scientific knowledge outputs themselves. Especially in the context of non-hegemonic or peripheral regions, there are several […]

Everyone for themselves: When the lack of a guiding policy framework stifles research collaborations

By Maurice Bolo and Dorine Odongo of the Harmonization of Open Science and Commercialization project Through a series of case studies of contemporary research partnerships derived from research consortia funded by the National Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation (NACOSTI), our project is interrogating the extent to which policy decisions have affected the choices, behavior […]

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 […]