The notion of Open Science is enjoying great popularity at the moment, some even go so far to call it "the better science". The European Union has recently adopted the term Open Science in its research framework programme, however negotiations about benefits and challenges of Open Science take place in many different arenas. In general, Open Science demands the highest possible transparency, accountability, and shareability in knowledge production, as well as the participation of all relevant stakeholders in the scientific process.In this seminar we will be looking at the diversity of Open Knowledge cultures in science and humanities.

Discussing ideal and actual realms of Open Science practices we will approach aspects such as Open Access, Open Research Data, Open Education, Open Evaluation, Citizen Science and Open Innovation from several perspectives, drawing on literature from stakeholders such as science, policy, science administration, technology, NGOs and Open Science activists. The objective is to understand Open Science situated within the movement of Open Cultures, therefore investigating its promising roles as change maker both in traditional academic settings and in society at large. The focus will be particularly on exchanges and translations of practices of science in society and respective epistemic politics.

Besides, the seminar aims at introducing Open Science as a set of practices to students to let them explore options for their own studies and theses.

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