At the annual seminar one thing we try to encourage members to think about is their own open practice. GO-GN is not just about researching into open education, but also researching in an open manner. One aspect of this is in developing your online identity. This is probably more relevant for early career researchers because they are often moving between roles and institutions. Having a central space online that is your independent profile can help raise your profile and maintain an identity beyond institutional roles.
I would contend that it is important in a data capitalist world to own your own space online, so you can develop your writing, implement tools, and experiment as you see fit. Audrey Watters puts this better than I can in her post on “A Domain of One’s Own in a Post-Ownership Society” where she emphasises the importance of your own space to ‘to think and write and be’.
During the pandemic as more activity shifts online, this online space and identity becomes more significant. As we cannot bring people together this year, we wanted to offer another route to helping GO-GN members develop their open research skills and identity. To this end we have teamed up with Reclaim Hosting to offer a free Reclaim account to all GO-GN researchers. The account is free for 2 years, after which you can choose to pay for it yourself. You’ll get a free domain name for this plus 2G storage (it’s the Individual account listed here).
In order to avail yourself of this offer, simply email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll send you the code and sign up details.
Note – this isn’t hosted by us, so we don’t offer any technical support, but the lovely Reclaim people have some excellent advice at their community page, including a Newbies corner to help you get started. This video is also useful once you get the code from us.