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Open Source, Open Standards, Open Access – what is made open and by what legal regimes?

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?

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