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"open scholarship has a strong ideological basis rooted in an ethical pursuit for democratization, fundamental human rights, equality, and justice."

Ideological or idealistic? My OU studies have continually challenged the commercial setting from which I operate! As part of the capitalist system we provide learning to people who pay! I can personally get on board with the idea of education and learning being a sacred and privilege which should be considered an end in itself with no thought to the means by which it is achieved.... but that's not something I have experienced.

"open scholarship emphasizes the importance of digital participation for enhanced scholarly outcomes."

I can see how the concept of open education has become conflated with digital participation as the latter enables the former. I think this is serendipity and that the theory of open education need not rely on digital participation.

"open scholarship is treated as an emergent scholarly phenomenon that is co-evolutionary with technological advancements in the larger culture."

See comments above!

"open scholarship is seen as a practical and effective means for achieving scholarly aims that are socially valuable."

Practical and effective means of achieving aims? That sounds more familiar to me that the more idealistic vision spelled out in the first assumption. I wonder if this more pragmatic approach may end up achieving more than the more idealistic one simply by being more palatable.

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I too work for a company . we give away  some  training at no cost on the premise that   we would prefer folks to use the technology - on one level would seem to be inclusive on another maybe it is  strategy to suggest stay with us when you update  ????

I think that open scholarship could be used as marketing tool  depending on how that education strategy  is employed .....

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Yep, I too work in the private sector a lot, and empathise with your comments.  I'm still not convinced that digital is better than face-to-face and that sometimes the decision to go digital is economics-driven, but that is the world we live in.  Interesting to see that the three economists who were awarded the Nobel Prize this year advocate the need for education.