What Are The Moral Dimensions of Open?

  • Karina Ansolabehere Human rights and democracy expert, FLACSO-Mexico
  • Cheryl Ball Director, Digital Publishing Institute, West Virginia University
  • Medha Devare Data and Knowledge Manager, Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR)
  • Tee Guidotti President-Elect, Sigma Xi
  • Bill Priedhorsky Science Resource Office Director, Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Wim van der Stelt Executive Vice President, Projects Open Research, Springer Nature
  • Mike Taylor Software Engineer, Index Data and Research Associate, University of Bristol
  • Susan Veldsman Director, Scholarly Publishing Unit, Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf)
  • John Willinsky Professor and Founder of Public Knowledge Project, Stanford University


Does society have a moral imperative to share knowledge freely, immediately, and without copyright restriction? A legal imperative? Why or why not? What about research funded by governments? Corporations? Cancer research? For that matter, is our current mechanism for funding scholarly publishing just or unjust? What other models are there? What are the pros and cons of these models? What is the likelihood of change?