We are experiencing a proliferation of new methods in communication studies, in particular those that utilise computation and digital technology. One key facet of this new methodological landscape is the presence of open source technology, workflows and data.
Open source methods and data have a rich history of use within communication research. Given the conference theme of Open Communication we see this pre-conference as the perfect opportunity to tackle the many facets of the open-source movement and its role in communication research.
This pre-conference is organised around practical instruction, panel discussions, technology demonstrations, and plenary talks from leaders and trailblazers in the open-source communication methods/data domain. We will seek to facilitate formal instruction in the use of open source techniques such as open source software and versioning systems, discuss how to manage and make use of open data, and how to develop good practices with regard to reporting methods in an open manner.
We are interested in developing a series of vibrant interactive sessions over this one-day event, and therefore seek interest from those who may wish to contribute to this pre-conference via an open call-for-papers. We encourage those wishing to contribute overviews or instruction on open source communication projects, discussions on contemporary issues in open source such as open academic publishing, and counter points to consider within the discourse of open source, to submit via this call. Note that these do need not be your own original methodological or data collections, and we encourage contributions that detail existing and popular tools and datasets.
This pre-conference will be of interest to a broad range of scholars interested in engaging with, or expanding their skills in open-source communication methods and scholarship. The objective of the pre-conference is to also raise the profile of open-source communication scholarship, to model best-practice initiatives, and build consensus amongst our community on how to continue to grow and develop the open-source communication domain.