RDA 16th Plenary - Theme: Knowledge Ecology

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07 February 2020 698 reads

Knowledge Ecology is the perfect motto to encapsulate the essence of the 16th RDA Plenary and it will be embedded in a regional culture of respect to nature and diversity.

In the same way that living systems generate complex and balanced reciprocal relationships, human systems require balanced relational dynamics capable of generating mutual feedback. Human social complexity is such that reaching these balances historically has proved to be very difficult to achieve.

Until now, scientific knowledge creation and its mobility has been in a context of inequality, which reduces the chances of interaction and feedback needed to understand the complex reality inherent in human systems. The Open Science approach to knowledge mobility proposes to find meeting points, where different scientific-academic knowledge and perspectives can dialogue and learn from one another and their contribution, from a framework of equity, horizontality, and from the legitimacy of each theoretical, methodological and contextual approach.

With the help of Information and Communication Technologies, it is possible to break with the rigid schemes information flow imposed from profitable entities that tend to be one-directional in knowledge taking without knowledge giving. Open Science allows to generate networks that facilitate the diversification, expansion, reuse and constant creation of knowledge, increasing the health and resilience of information, as in ecologically healthy systems.