OPEN RESSOURCES FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPEMENT
Open resources such as open data, open software and open hardware can be a catalyst for sustainable development, as they lay the ground for a more equal distribution of innovation capacities. They contribute to levelling the playing field by enabling open access to information, technology and the means for local value creation while avoiding the monopolisation of economic power over digital technologies and knowledge.
Built on thriving ecosystems, open resources can represent tangible cooperation projects between citizens from various sectors, countries and regions. As such, open resources have the potential to realise what traditional international cooperation has promised but is still struggling to deliver – partnerships of equals, truly empowering for all parties engaged.
BUILDING NEW ALLIANCES
In order to be sustainable and generate value, open ressources need to be managed collaboratively by an ecosystem of stakeholders, who need to coordinate to perform critical functions for the resources’ (re)generation. Four key roles have been identified by open resource practitioners in this respect.