[Citation: Ramasubramanian, S. (May 25, 2020). Reflecting on #OpenScience versus #OpenComm, DrSrivi.com Blog, Accessible at: https://www.drsrivi.com/post/openscience-versus-opencomm]
Just calling something does not make it open. An open door is not the same as being welcoming.
Open Science is focused on data sharing and transparency. But what it misses is that transparency is a two-way stress. Cultural humility and active listening are as much as part of open science as sharing one’s data publicly.
Outreach is not the same as community engagement.
Given the long history of stealing and appropriation of labor, ideas, and cultures by colonial European powers, the thought of opening up one’s experiences can be trauma-inducing if it does not consider power differences.
#OpenComm is about opening up comm to minoritized scholars. Top Comm journal reviewers and editors should stop asking us, “why is your N so small?”
Photo by: Markus Spiske
#OpenComm is an invitation/call:
to (again) bridge the quant/qual divide to bring in more multiperspectival approaches to comm methods
to go beyond siloed ideas of comm as science, arts, and humanities to integrate, learn and listen openly with respect
to be more community-driven and social justice oriented by centering voices, agency, lived experiences, and needs of those in the margins
for quant computational social scientists (and all of us) to be more open to critical, reflexive, and inclusive approaches to research design and practices to not reinforce existing power differentials in #opensciences
to value, reward, and support comm work based on social impact beyond only scholarly impact ( impact factors, h-indices, metrics, and citations)
to make comm scholarship more accessible, socially-relevant, legible, jargon-free
to listen to intersectional feminist, anticolonial, indigenous critiques of #openscience
to think about what grammars, accents, languages are legitimized and amplified as “excellent” or “beautiful” writing, speaking, tweeting within Anglo-Eurocentric comm scholarship
to remove the structural barriers (access to libraries, grant funds, English language, lab space, RAs, postdocs, admin support for editorship) that prevent scholars of color, women, those in Global South to publish in top comm journals
to consider that whiteness is a discipline-wide issue and that we need to be intentional and deliberate in including those in the margins of #openscience
to support collaborations with researchers, artists, activists, community leaders, etc across disciplines and sectors for more community-driven socially relevant meaningful inclusive comm scholarship.