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Thursday, March 31 • 9:00am - 10:15am
How Free is Free? Open Access and Digital Rights in the Social Sector

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How free is free when it comes to the research that foundations and nonprofits fund and produce? Do we have a unique responsibility to embrace open access and to sharing our knowledge as a public good? What is your organization doing about it?

These and other questions will be debated in this panel session, bringing together advocates and insiders from both foundations and nonprofits. After a short summary of key issues related to open access in the social sector, panelists will be asked to discuss the extent to which foundations and nonprofits need to embrace open access and how best to enact that change.

Our goal with this session is to challenge two prevailing ideas: first, that social sector knowledge is already openly accessible because much of it is “free” and second, that questions of open access are only relevant to those organizations who consider digital inclusion and information justice core to their mission.


Gabriela Fitz

Dir of KM Initiatives, Foundation Center
talk to me about knowledge mobilization, knowledge as a public good, how people learn, why research matters, open repositories, open philanthropy, long distance walking plans, animal therapy, and organizational change.

Thursday March 31, 2016 9:00am - 10:15am
The Fireside

Attendees (35)