Why I Want to Remove Open Practices From the Web Literacy Map


CC BY-SA. Ewa Rozkosz. (2011). Knowledge Sharing. Flickr
CC BY-SA. Ewa Rozkosz. (2011). Knowledge Sharing. Flickr

The web isn’t just for knowledge. The web is knowledge. It is a cognitive tool engrained into our literacy practices. It  does our thinking work with us, and as a tool of and for knowledge the web works best when it is open.

So I am not against the competencies of open practices in the web literacy map I just believe the values and philosophies should be elevated across the entire landscape rather than be a hill of skills and competencies to climb.

This belief began in a discussion with Doug and Ian on the mega-uber-google additional superlatives for me please-spreadsheet. The goal, as noted in the Git issue, was  to look for inconsitencies and redundancies.
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I have long agreed with Doug that we need to revise the accepted definition of Web Literacy to the skills and competencies for reading, writing and participating on the open web.” 

This is especially true as we see commercial products be conflated to the web. I believe such a definition speaks to almost, if not all, of every principle in the Mozilla Manifesto.

If we added open to the top-level theoretical definition of web literacy then it should be operationalized across all three strands and not just in one competency.

What I would propose if the definition of web literacy is revised:

  • Change the name of the Open Practices Competency to Co-Creating Knowledge (or Open Knowledge or Insert better term)
  • We would include the following skills
    • Combining information from multiple online sources
    • Combing information across multiple modes.
    • Understanding and using openly licensed resources.
    • Making web resources available using an open license.
    • Contributing to Open Source Projects.
  • We would have to do an explicit check to make sure open as a value is represented in the three strands of the map.

What this accomplishes:

  • Removes much of the redundancy between remixing and open-practice
  • Improves the validity of the synthesis skills. They do not belong under searching. Combining sources to make new knowledge is complicated stuff.
  • Acknowledges the role of domain and academic knowledge.

Competencies without knowledge are nothing. They are an empty skills checklist. What is a mentor but someone who walks webmakers through knowledge pathways using the map as a guide?


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