The blog of trogool has a useful delineation of the different ways “open” is used wrt Open Source, Open Standards, Open Access and more. The post points out that the open-access movement exhausts itself contending with the
same old misunderstandings over and over again.
To help fix that problem, the post offers a “brief, simplistic guide to
several flavors of open,” organized around the following questions:
- What is the target of this movement? What is
being made open? As compared to what?
- What legal regimes are implicated?
- How does openness happen? What are the major
variants of open works of this type?