This is a post for noting interesting discussion and potential alternatives involving social media and scholarship. By “alternative” I mean alternatives to giving away scholarly work to private for-profit owners. Thanks to Anthony Ross-Hellauer for inspiring this line of discussion arising from the SSRN sellout to Elsevier of May 2016.
After SSRN: Hallmarks of Trust for Subject Repositories https://blogs.openaire.eu/?p=933
What about platform cooperatives? The basic idea is instead of the person or organization building a platform owning everything, ownership is shared with those to contribute to the service. An article describing this approach here: http://www.shareable.net/blog/how-platform-coops-can-beat-death-stars-like-uber-to-create-a-real-sharing-economy