Discussion Forum - Open Source, Open Access and Open Data in ODR

Open Source, Open Access and Open Data in ODR

Discussion Framing Statement:

This forum will encourage discussions about the virtues and challenges of promoting open source, open access and open data projects within the broader Online Dispute Resolution and Conflict Studies field. We'll look at the spirit of the open source movement and share some examples of former and current open sharing projects located within our broad Dispute Resolution, ODR, Conflict Studies and CMC fields. As a pragmatic example, a fledgling e-textbook project (ConflictStudies.org) focused on the development and sharing of open access conflict studies e-books will be introduced and discussed. Our hopes are that some people in the Cyberweek community might wish to get involved in developing or sharing open access materials in new ways.

Participants are encouraged to review the summary article “Fifty Shades of Open” by Pomerantz and Peek to help us parse out the various meanings of “open”.

Find it here: http://firstmonday.org/ojs/index.php/fm/article/view/6360/5460

Broad themes we hope to explore this week:

  • What is "Open Source", "Open Access", and "Open Data"?

  • ODR in an Era of Cyberconflict – What are the pressures for and against sharing?

  • Open Educational Resources (OER) - what are they and where can we find them?

  • Examples of Open Materials Shared at Past Cyberweeks

  • Gaps and Needs in the Field that Open Access Materials Might Address

  • "Create your Own ODR skills textbook" – Solicitation of topics & imagined tables of contents

Sample Project Profiles:


Moderators’ Bio:

Bill Warters, Ph.D., is the Academic Director of Wayne State University's Master of Arts in Dispute Resolution program where he teaches courses on social conflict, mediation, and communication technologies and conflict. Author of Mediation in the Campus Community: Designing and Managing Effective Programs.

David J. Smith, JD MS is the president of the Forage Center for Peacebuilding and Humanitarian Education, Inc., 501c3 not-for-profit that offers experiential learning opportunities for students and professionals. He was formerly a senior program officer and coordinator of national outreach at the U.S. Institute of Peace. Author of Peace Jobs: A Student’s Guide to Starting a Career Working for Peace.

Jennifer Batton, MA is a Conflict Resolution and Peace Education Consultant. She is Co-Chair of the Peace Education/Conflict Resolution Education Working Group (PEWG) of the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict. For 7 years she directed the Global Issues Resource Center at Cuyahoga Community College and prior to that she served for 8 years as Director of Education Programs at the Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management.

Julie Shedd, Ph.D. is currently the Associate Dean for Administration at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University and teaches both introductory courses and courses on terrorism, extremism, global conflicts, and ideologies.  She holds a Ph.D. and M.S.  in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University.

Guy Burgess, Ph.D. and Heidi Burgess Ph.DCo-Direct the University Of Colorado, Conflict Information Consortium and its Beyond Intractability (www.beyondintractability.org) and CRInfo Knowledge Base (www.crinfo.org) projects as well as the Consortium's new Moving Beyond Intractability Massive Open Online Seminars (MOOS).  They have spent the last 40 years studying and teaching about the many destructive conflict dynamics that arise in the course of intractable conflict as well as strategies for limiting those dynamics. Since the earliest days of the Internet they have also pursued a series of projects designed to use advancing telecommunication technologies to speed the flow of information on a broad range of conflict-related topics.


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Guy, I'm very excited to see the MOOS development. After teaching my MOOC on negotiation, I wrote a paper on using this vehicle for education in our field. All through the the design of the course and the writing of the article, the thought I kept coming back to was how little we know about the uses and utilities of this vehicle, and how it was very likely that new ideas (new 'MOO' s!) would evolve from the original wave of MOOCs. So good to see this happening!

Noam, I'm glad to hear that you've been working on this. Your paper looks quite interesting.

I think that finding ways of dramatically lowering the cost and increasing the accessibility of the conflict resolution field's big ideas is critical. As things now stand, we are having serious trouble holding our own against the flood of destructive-conflict-as-usual advice.

It would also be good to try to assemble an informal group interested in continuing to develop these technologies as part of a much broader, "capacity building" strategy.

-- Guy

Absolutely. And, I have a feeling that along the way we'd discover that more people have dipped their toes in the water than we currently know about. 

Greetings Colleagues. Welcome to Day 3 of our forum exploring openness and ODR. This morning I wanted to point out some valuable openly shared resources that relate to our field specifically. Check these out if you haven't seen them.

ODR History as a VoiceThread

Ten Years of Online Dispute Resolution: Looking at the Past and Constructing the Future
by Ethan Katsh and Leah Wing (from 2006 - U of Toledo Law Review)

Learning Module: Communication Theory and ODR - An Orientation

ODR Textbook
Online Dispute Resolution: Theory and Practice by Mohamed Wahab, Ethan Katsh and Daniel Rainey is a comprehensive sourcebook about ODR. It is available free online at http://www.ombuds.org/odrbook/Table_of_Contents.htm

Various Shared Materials gathered by the National Center for Technology and Dispute Resolution via ODR.info

ODR Resource Database (aka Word Doc) developed by Melissa Conley Tyler in 2004

What else should we be pointing people to?


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