Uneven geographies of openness and information

rom Graham et al. (2015).

Distribution of domain names by country. From Graham et al. (2015).

Post by Helen Pallett, in response to Mark Graham, Stefano De Sabbata and Matthew A. Zook’s Geo: Geography and Environment paper, Towards a study of information geographies: (im)mutable augmentations and a mapping of the geographies of information.

Geo: Geography and Environment

By Helen PallettĀ (University of East Anglia, UK)

Open access to information and data appears to be a cause which has found its moment, with governments, businesses, NGOs and academics queuing up to ratify open access commitments and extoll its virtues. It has variously been heralded as a means of rejuvenating democracy, reforming corrupt institutions, holding big business and business-dealings to account, improving the quality of scientific data available, removing academics from their ivory towers, and changing relationships between publishers, academic journals and authors.

These arguments for the opening up of data and information now seem uncontroversial and have few serious detractors. However, an emerging body of work demonstrates that to take the geographies of information seriously is to add a significant but often-overlooked angle on debates in academia and policy on open access and open data. This is what Mark Graham, Stefano De Sabbata and Matthew A. Zook have doneā€¦

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