‘Open access’, ‘open source’ and ‘open space’ are terms that used when referring to effective ways to collaborate, however, their meanings can be misinterpreted, or the words misused.
Open Access allows free access to everyone
Open Access refers to making research materials freely accessible to everyone. Articles, research, experiment results; anything that has been produced by someone else; but people can use to feed into their research can be subject to payment before access is allowed. This was common practice when publication meant printing, however, with the digital age comes a more accessible, and free way of reproducing research materials.
It is becoming more common for authors to allow access to their materials for free because sharing these resources does not cost anything. Open Access refers to the situation where a document is freely available to the public; meaning that there are unrestricted access and unrestricted reuse.
Open Source allows for ease of collaboration
Open Source goes a step further for cooperation than Open Access. Open Source refers to something that is shared publicly and can be viewed as well as modified. This allows for ultimate collaboration.
Open Source began with software as the source code; however, it has developed much further than this and many projects are carried out in an Open Source way. This means that a project can be worked on by people all over the world as if they are in the same room and allows for a great amount of information sharing, exchange of ideas, and testing of hypotheses.
Open Space allows for fast-paced, motivated collaboration
Open Space is a method for working with large groups of people which allows for effective collaboration. It is a kind of hybrid between a meeting, a conference and workshop, where the agenda is unstructured and set by the participants. People are then encouraged to get involved in the parts they are interested in and to move on from parts that they feel they are not contributing towards. This leads to high levels of motivation and a fast-paced meeting of minds.
Open Space meetings are productive because they are influenced and driven by the participants. The focus is on contribution, and every person who attends is expected to be an active part of the process, regardless of role, rank or organisation that they work for. This high level of participation creates a high level of commitment from participants and a greater understanding across boundaries.
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