This is the second post in a series. See the previous post.
(perceived ) Barriers to Sharing resources
After some of the conversations, here are some jottings of perceived barriers to sharing resources. I realize there are more types of resources than just written items [such as video, audio and images].
Some of the stated barriers to sharing
- The sense of possession from the original creators of a resource.
- The perceived loss of control if the resources were used further. Work may be “misused”
- The potential commercialisation of resources. Two specific feelings were expressed:
- A suspicion of others benefiting financially from reuse of the resources.
- The worry that the owner may in future want to commercialise, and a past free release may muddy the waters for a potential publisher. The right type of license can help this, but not the attitude of a publisher.
- “I’ve put in all the work, why should I share it to benefit someone else?”
- Others may use the work to my detriment.
- Worry about putting work “out there” Others may not like my work.
Related factors seem to include
- the leadership of the institution
- the leadership and management of the smaller teams. ‘Management’ includes aspects of work flow, scheduling, short and long term planning etc.