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To what extent could a grad school experience — its access to scholars, its curricula (and whatever other important components that I'm overlooking) — be provided in an manner?

@bthall It probably depends on what the desired outcomes are, which probably vary by field. Do you have one in mind?

@bthall I think the answer is somewhere between "most of it" and "the question doesn't make sense", because the important parts of support are something you can't publish open access -- because they are things like seminars, mentors etc.

@bthall I think most of the important elements of mentorship and peership can already exist in an #openaccess form in the computer fields, particular in the hacker communities. Open source projects encourage global contributions and provides (albeit, sometimes somewhat negative) peership and there is generally little to no barrier-to-entry in the conference scene.

@bthall Curriculum is the 'easy' part, I think. Most #openaccess projects understand the need for free curriculum and peer-reviewed papers.

I think the big need would be open forums — both online and in meatspace — to allow people to mentor one another, develop and implement research projects, and just be social.

Places like scholar.social are actually a good starting point, although the format is still limiting for expressing the full breadth of interaction I think we'd need.

@bthall Training (and signalling successful training) would be the difficult part - stuff like methods and building substantive knowledge. Mentoring and research-oriented discussion would be relatively easy because we're all huge nerds on our subjects and love nerding out with other nerds.

@bthall is usually used in terms of publication-type things, and those CAN be provided open access at any time. It's the *business* of academia that causes the bottleneck -- coming down to the basic problem of how do scholars survive while they are passing down their knowledge to students. I am a librarian and a scholar and will cheerfully ramble on about my vocations at the drop of a hat. (Compulsive librarianing!) But I also have to feed myself, my husband, and my cats.

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