The Collaborative Knowledge Foundation’s mission is to evolve how scholarship is created, produced and reported. CKF is building open source solutions in scholarly knowledge production that foster collaboration, integrity and speed. CKF envisions a new research communication ecosystem that gives rise to wholly unique channels for research output. CKF was founded in October 2015 with support from the Shuttleworth Foundation. Home Page
Finally, a bit of good news on the college costs front: A study out of Brigham Young University finds that free open source textbooks do the job pretty darn well. The study of nearly 17,000 students at 9 colleges found that open source textbooks (or open educational resources — OERs in academic lingo) found that students learn the same amount or more from the free books across many subjects. (Here’s a sampling of the sorts of texts available, via a University of Minnesota site.) What’s more, 85% of students and instructors said open textbooks were actually better than the commercial ones.