Preserving Quality in an Open Environment
    Preserving Quality in an Open Environment
Held at   Grand Hotel Conference Center
 Como, Italy
9 June, 2006


In a Knowledge-based Society the organisation of research and education systems must have the ability to contribute with quality based contents and services in accordance with changes in the society. Specific emphasis is:
  • on the development of an internal quality culture, strengthening institutional and community (as peer review) quality evaluation together with external evaluation processes;

  • how to agree with common quality criteria and definition of roles involved for creating open collaboration framework (for example for e-learning, scholarly communication, etc.).
It is clear that we cannot naively rest and merely rely on the power of the ever more advancing high technology tools to successfully face such challenges. More efficient organizational frameworks for the production of knowledge components and for their sharing and reuse are to be devised and fine-tuned, together with aptly suited international laws to regulate authorship management and a stronger commitment to manage and assess quality of information.

Response to such challenges has been suggested in last decade by a variety of growing communities, rooted into a freely accessible digital infrastructure, experimenting peculiar collaborative methodologies and organizations aimed at designing, assembling, maintaining and delivering knowledge objects that are increasingly shifting the locus of innovation toward users. Of special relevance in this regard are the open access and the open content movements, for which, although rules governing the conduct of participants are still evolving and somewhat unclear, common ground can be summarized by the following principles:
  • Knowledge cannot be considered only an exclusive property of you as discoverer.

  • Spreading out your work under the least restrictions as possible will result in larger impact: larger audience, larger influence, more citations and references to your work.

    Therefore, many people involved in open communities feel that benefits will follow releasing knowledge materials with permission to copy, re-use and distribute, in terms of feedback from peers and on the financial side as well.
The workshop offers the opportunity to discuss some structural changes in the mechanisms of knowledge creation and cultural growth that could be induced by a proper use of the information technologies, paying special attention to quality aspects.

(Submissions at− The Open Culture Promoter Group,

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