Open Scholarship’s ABCD‘s:
Open Access: Everyone should be able to access funded research and scholarship without requiring institutional affiliation or subscription.
Open Bibliography: Everyone should be able to discover, aggregate and to catergorise research and published works freely and without limitations placed on it.
Open Citations: Everyone should freely be able to explore, evaluate and understand the status of a work of scholarship: whether the consensus is to agree or refute, to ignore or value that work’s conclusions.
Open Data: Everyone should be free to gather, download, reexamine and check the data used by any work of research and ultimately, be free to attempt to reproduce the findings, without having to ask permission of the author or institution to do so.
(Finally, I’d like to add a fifth element – E)
Open Environment: Everyone should be free to learn from new and old research and to carry out their own work using tools of their choice, with the software they choose and in an environment of their choice, without requiring an onerous licence, subscription or other proprietary system of ownership.
[This post is an expression of the ideas that have come from many discussions I have been part of and is by no means ‘mine’. This particular mnemonic was realised in a meeting in Cambridge with Peter Murray-Rust and his team, Dave Flanders, David Shotton, Rufus Pollock and me. ]