Strengthening Information Society Research Capacity Alliance III

This project will address the gaps in research on how openness can contribute to better development outcomes. What are the benefits, costs, and risks of openness in developing countries? What are the implications of transparency and openness?

Digital technologies for open development
Digitally enabled openness is characterized by greater transparency and collaboration made possible through digital technologies such as the Internet. It has recently emerged as an important organizing concept across socio-economic sectors, including government, business, health, education, and science.

New initiatives and partnerships are using openness as an approach to address development challenges. They include:
-Open Government Partnership to address government corruption and inefficiencies
-Open access to publications to make research available to more people
-UNESCO's 2012 Open Educational Resources Declaration, which seeks to use free content to provide quality basic education for all children, youth, and adults

Knowledge needed to assess openness
As interest in these initiatives grows, it is important to better understand the benefits, costs, and risks of openness in developing contexts. Existing research is of limited use to policymakers and practitioners.

There are challenges involved in researching the issues, including:
-methodological complexity to assess the impact of open activities
-theoretical confusion about the nature of openness
-insular research conducted within disciplinary silos

New interdisciplinary approach to openness research
This project will provide funding to Strengthening Information Society Research Capacity Alliance III (SIRCA III). It is a 24-month program that will create a vibrant interdisciplinary approach to research on digital openness and help build the openness field.

The program will provide up to eight research grants to emerging researchers to conduct developing-country field work to test and validate the program's conceptual frameworks. Senior researchers will mentor grantees to help them carry out high-quality interdisciplinary research using sound methodologies.

Why the program matters
SIRCA III seeks to make an important contribution to the emerging field of digital openness. The researchers' contributions are expected to provide practical input to academics, practitioners, and policymakers. This knowledge will help them better understand openness and how to address development challenges through open activities. The project will also develop local research capacity by pairing emerging researchers with leading scholars on research projects.

Project ID

107708

Project status

Completed

End Date

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Duration

24 months

IDRC Officer

Matthew Smith

Total funding

CA$ 708,000

Program

Networked Economies

Project Leader

Arul Chib

Institution

Nanyang Technological University

Institution Country

Singapore

Institution Website

http://www.ntu.edu.sg

Project Leader

Arul Chib

Institution

Nanyang Technological University

Institution Country

Singapore

Institution Website

http://www.ntu.edu.sg