May 28, 2022

Report: “Openness Profile: Defining the Concepts”

The report linked below was recently published by Knowledge Exchange and written by:

  • Fiona Murphy DPhil, MMC consulting LTD
  • Phill Jones PhD, Double L Digital LT

From the Abstract

We’ve recently addressed Open Scholarship at conceptual level, resulting in the KE Open Scholarship Framework and the book ‘The Economy of Open Scholarship and the Need for Collective Action’. In parallel we collected use cases of initiatives and services that aim to contribute to Open Scholarship, focusing primarily on the economic challenges they face in a rapidly changing digitised research landscape. Outcomes of this work are published in ‘Insights into the Economy of Open Scholarship: A Collection of Interviews’.

This report documents an investigation into the need for and value of new evaluation approaches of people conducting open scholarship and their outputs. The report provides an extensive overview of strategies, barriers, and community needs regarding openness and explores what contributions an Openness Profile, as introduced in this report, can make to enable desired openness and fairer assessment in research. Examples are the recognition of contributions that traditionally have not been credited, appreciation of ‘different’ research outputs such as software, and actionable information on infrastructure requirements.

Activities to support the development of the Openness Profile will continue in the coming year. The objective is to bring stakeholders together to proof the concept of Openness Profile in various environments. The result we aim for is a body of knowledge, a mature concept, experiences, as well as a set of recommendations on how the Openness Profile could best be implemented in research practice.

Direct to Full Text Report
48 pages; PDF. 

Hat Tip: LaList

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Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.