Preface to Openness

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Title Preface to Openness
Author Kozel, Susan
Research Centre Medea
Editor Kozel, Susan
Date 2017
English abstract
This Preface to the Living Archives publication on Openness raises questions and controversies around open data and publication as an academic and expressive process. It begins by asking: why produce a publication on openness? Or, rather 3 versions, because the collected articles appeared as a series on medium.com (1/3), as a freely downloadable PDF (2/3), and finally as a limited hand bound print run of approximately 30 volumes (3/3). These are iterations on openness comprising 18 peer-reviewed contributions existing, to cite Jean Luc Nancy, “between exposed thought and knotty intimacy” within a Commerce of Thinking (Nancy 2009, 3). These 3 versions travel across materialities. They are re-mediated, but to me it feels like a sort of de-mediation – a stripping away – as we moved over time from the digital versions toward the print version. Video had to be unspooled into image frames, audio into fragmented text transcriptions. These iterations render Nancy’s argument multiple both in form and in voice, without a doubt “born in agitation and anxiety, in the fermentation of a form” (ibid) but not in search of anything as unified as a coherent style or position. The contributions demonstrate the political groundedness of research data, and its cloudiness, rather than the collective fiction of the transparency of data in the Cloud.
Link https://livingarchives.mah.se/files/2015/01/openness_final.pdf .Icon
Publisher Living Archives Research Project
Host/Issue Openness : Politics, Practices, Poetics
ISBN 978-91-7104-693-2
978-91-7104-692-5
Pages 4-11
Language eng (iso)
Subject openness
open data
cloud
archives
meta data
big data
materiality
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH AREAS
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