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Open texts: on the authoring side
All, So far we have had a lot of great discussions and examples of open textbooks which focus on the publishing side. That is, making works openly available, either through open copyrights, free distribution, etc. essentially a use and re-use discussion. I just came across Sourcebooks which is developing an Agile Publication Model (feel free all to roll your eyes as you think, "ah, another Agile reference from Pat - man when will that guy turn the page?"). Despite, my "everything is a nail" perspective, I think the approach Sourcebooks is talking about is quite interesting and fits exactly into my understanding--and promotion--of openness (i.e. where the community derives the outcomes/solution): I have long believed Agile principles provide an excellent framework for producing and managing open initiatives. Sourcebooks described their approach as "a new, rapid and interactive publishing model where the content evolves through authors and their communities.....the model allow[s] for a more modern form of publishing where readers were involved in the end product." Sourcebooks offered, “We’re going to develop the book and build a community [around it] and the community is going to influence how the book is developed.” The Agile Publishing Model promises to make the development of books, e-books, videos and other content faster with real-time feedback from readers and viewers. “The traditional publishing model—long schedules, creating in a vacuum, lack of involvement with the readers of the end product—drives some authors crazy. This model is a great fit for experts who are highly immersed in their field and where the field is evolving rapidly.” -http://www.thebookseller.com/news/agile-publishing-digital-book-world.html So might this provide the front-end process for a complete "open" publishing lifecycle? A topic is introduced; " the content evolves through authors and their communities;" "the community....influence[s] how the book is developed.....faster with real-time feedback from readers..." then the output is made available freely, following many of the OER models we have discussed in this forum. Sourcebooks might be kooks, I do not know them, or this might be a very common model already (I am thinking of the work of Beth Harris and Steven Zucker with SmartHistory), but I think it's adoption within the industry might be an interesting development to consider. The key to me is that, at least one organization, seems to have identified a specific "best practice" for promoting the development of, potentially, open content. I expect there would be all sorts of licensing and distributions issues for final content produced through such community efforts. That is, each contributor might restrict use. Again, my interests are in the development side in this example. Thanks, Patrick || |||| ||| || | | || ||| || ||| || | | ||| || ||| || Patrick Masson Chief Technology Officer, UMassOnline The University of Massachusetts, Office of the President 333 South St., Suite 400, Shrewsbury, MA 01545 (774) 455-7615: Office (774) 455-7620: Fax (970) 4MASSON: GoogleVoice UMOLPatMasson: AIM massonpj: Skype Web Site: http://www.umassonline.net Blog: http://www.umassonlineblog.com ********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/.