Myopen.org – A portal for our society
In this proposal an attempt is made to explain in detail a comprehensive thesis project concerningthe research and development of a portal. Knowledge sharing and collaboration in this portal isstimulated and directed by flexible employment, meanwhile meeting requirements on innovativevisions on education, professional development, and societal trends. This proposal describeschanges and trends, initiatives and concepts, ideas and new paradigms, and connects these toprovide a preliminary overview of the portal of tomorrow. This portal will try to provide a solidfoundation for people where the free exchange of knowledge within a community and helpingothers is stimulated, and be rewarded for it, both intrinsically and extrinsically. This is contrary tocurrent economical (capitalistic) models. The source of competition will not consist of buildingfences around information resources to protect knowledge, but rather the opposite: sharing andopen online collaboration! Also, this competition is based on collaboration on a much moregranular or personal level, where competition mainly refers to a kind of rivalry betweenorganizations. This concept will be applied to a certain case, which is the OpenER (OpenEducational Resources) project of Delft University of Technology (DUT). By doing this, it mightprovide DUT with a sustainable model for this project, which is lacking at the moment: like all OERprojects globally, it depends heavily on funds.The proposal commences with a general problem exploration. Starting with education, anelaboration is done on Open Educational Resources, on networked learning, and on newparadigms, such as
. More and more educational resources are freely available on theWeb. At the same time, classical ways of teaching are being supported by and transformed to onlinelearning, social interaction, blogging and more. The learning activity is becoming more(inter)active, aligned to context, and fun. The proposal then continues with employment matters.New and upcoming initiatives and concepts are discussed, such as online marketplaces (e-lanceeconomy), communities of practice, and social learning systems. These initiatives direct to moreopen and flexible ways of employment, and to the importance of lifelong learning. Another strongforce concerns Open Source Software communities, their impact in society, but maybe even moreimportant, their development and governance models, and whether these are applicable in otherenvironments as well. A third trend concerns the social networks and the influence of folksonomiesin creating a “
”.The economic market will be highly aligned to, and play a much greater role in directingeducational content and research. Vice versa this implies the collaborative shaping of the economy by finding opportunities to apply specific knowledge of connected persons. People will share andmake value out of their specific knowledge on the web (“
the Long Tail”
of information, knowledgeand expertise), through open educational resources, wikis, weblogs or any other open medium,rather than confining it to one or a few institutions. The concept combines several initiatives, andtries to paste the result in our new connective world, corresponding with the relative trends,resulting in a portal that may change our society. This portal will give persons anyone theopportunity to connect with people and resources of interest, to employ and be employed, to shareand make use of knowledge, to judge and be judged by others. People will manifest themselves byhelping others, and sharing information, and by doing that, making themselves more worth.