“In this session introducing the Knowledge Equity Network (KEN), we will look at how the Declaration on Knowledge Equity supports the cause for open access to knowledge, linking this in particular to the focus of the work of Knowledge Rights 21 on regulatory reform to benefit education and research.
The session will explore the aims of the Knowledge Equity Network (KEN) as a catalyst for the work of the signatories of the Declaration, that brings together Higher Education Institutions, professionals, funders, publishers and other like-minded organisations. In particular, it will look at how changes to working practices go hand-in-hand with the regulatory reform that networks such as Knowledge Rights 21 promotes. Together, this helps enrich our collective collaborative efforts. Participants will also learn about how they can contribute and otherwise get involved….”
“This is an introductory session and is designed for newcomers to the Knowledge Equity Network.
This session will introduce the Knowledge Equity Network (KEN) and the Declaration on Knowledge Equity, along with an overview of the key concepts of Open Education and Open Research. It will open discussions on the priorities and potential areas of focus for signatories and invite contributions for future Knowledge Equity Network events….”
Publish a Knowledge Equity Statement for your institution by 2025, incorporating tangible commitments aligned with the principles and objectives below.
Commit to institutional action(s) to support a sustained increase of published educational material being open and freely accessible for all to use and reuse for teaching, learning, and research.
Commit to institutional action(s) to support a sustained increase of new research outputs being transparent, open and freely accessible for all, and which meet the expectations of funders.
Use openness as an explicit criteria in reaching hiring, tenure, and promotion decisions. Reward and recognise open practices across both research and research-led education. This should include the importance of interdisciplinary and/or collaborative activities, and the contribution of all individuals to activities.
Define Equity, Diversity and Inclusion targets that will contribute towards open and inclusive Higher Education practices, and report annually on progress against these targets.
To create new mechanisms in and between Higher Education Institutions that allow for further widening participation and increased diversity of staff and student populations.
Review the support infrastructure for open Higher Education, and invest in the human, technical, and digital infrastructure that is needed to make open Higher Education a success.
Promote the use of open interoperability principles for any research or education software/system that you procure or develop, explicitly highlighting the option of making all or parts of content open for public consumption.
Ensure that all research data conforms to the FAIR Data Principles: ‘findable’, accessible, interoperable, and re-useable.
For Funding Agencies
Publish a statement that open dissemination of research findings is a critical component in evaluating the productivity and integrity of research.
Incorporate open research practices into assessment of funding proposals.
Incentivise the adoption of Open Research through policies, frameworks and mandates that require open access for publications, data, and other outputs, with as liberal a licence as possible for maximum reuse.
Actively manage funding schemes to support open infrastructures and open dissemination of research findings, educational resources, and underpinning data.
Explicitly define reward and recognition mechanisms for globally co-produced and co-delivered open educational resources that benefit society….”
Imagine a world in which human knowledge is shared more equitably. Imagine what we can achieve if we work together.
We are a collaborative community of engaged institutions, organisations and individuals across the world. We need to act intentionally to change the way we share knowledge to make the most meaningful impact, for the benefit of all.
Our goal is to tackle global challenges through opening access to ground-breaking research and research-led, challenge-focused education.
We live in a time of climate crisis, economic instability, inequity, poverty and forced population displacements. These are challenges that threaten the health and wellbeing of people all over the world.
The global Higher Education sector can tackle these challenges, but only when knowledge is shared, unhindered by barriers of cost, time or national borders.
The Knowledge Equity Network encourages collaboration over competition in a culture of equity, diversity, inclusion and openness. We believe transformational change is possible.
Working in a global partnership and by sharing the power of knowledge, we will create a fairer and better world.”
“Imagine a world in which human knowledge is shared more equitably, unhindered by barriers of cost, time or national borders.
Just think what could be achieved by marshalling the latest ground-breaking research and offering research-led, challenge-focused education at scale, as part of a global effort to meet – and solve – the biggest challenges facing our planet.
This change is desperately needed and long overdue. Now is the time for action, not just words. …”