Open Digital Infrastructure

Open Digital Infrastructure represents the set of open-source code, standards and knowledge assets that digital building blocks like software libraries, compilers, communication or network protocols are composed of.

They are created by individuals, volunteer communities, in research institutions and SMEs or other corporate environments. Together, they form a foundation of free and public code that is designed to solve common challenges – firstly, in programming, but when applied, also to provide a multitude of core functions for society.

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Beyond Openness, Toward the Common?

The role of open technologies in environmental research

Research Question
What role do “open technologies” play in environmental research infrastructures, that is, infrastructures necessary for studying socio-environmental processes that sustain or degrade the planetary commons?
Why is this important to answer?
Governments, international agencies, and funding organizations have renewed hope for the positive effects that “openness” may continue to have in science and technology, unlocking large-scale collaboration with increased efficacy in the application and reuse of public resources. “Openness,” however, is often perceived negatively by communities that have been historically excluded from science and technology projects. By asking what role open technologies play in environmental research infrastructures, we are primarily concerned about this disconnect with respect to the effectiveness and the limits of openness.
Start Date
February 1, 2024
University of Notre Dame Anthropology
Open Environmental Data Project
Open Environmental Data Project