Welcome to Flavours of Open!

This here is my little sandbox – a playground that I use as a site of experimentation for exploring tools and modes of presentation for and … in short: to test what works for me, and what doesn’t. Much of that involves toying around with Grav, WordPress, H5P, and other stuff…


“Me” in this particular case is Tobias Steiner. I have studied in Hamburg and London and hold an MA in Television Studies from Birkbeck, University of London. Between 2013 and 2019, I’ve been working as a research fellow in the fields of open source, open science and open education at Universität Hamburg. Having worked as the central Project Manager for the COPIM project (short for “Community-led Open Publication Infrastructures for Monographs”) between 2020-23, I have now, as of June 2023, started as the Product Manager for Thoth Open Metadata, an open metadata management and dissemination platform and one of the spin-offs developed out of COPIM.

I consider myself a traveler between the worlds of advocacy for Openness in its many facets, mixed with a little bit of project management (see work experience), and a distinct dash of Cultural and Media Studies as academic background – the field in which I’ve pursued a part-time PhD for more than five years, but ultimately decided to quit in the early months of 2018 due to personal reasons.

My list of publications reflects this perceived multiplicity of areas, with blog posts, articles and book chapters ranging from questions of authorship in Game of Thrones, over transnational renegotiations of Nordic Noir (in print), to a variety of thoughts and musings from the intersection of Open Education, Open Source, Open Publishing, Open Science and Open Scholarship.

If you want to find out more about what I do, why not briefly pay a visit to the following sites & communities – it’s very likely that you’ll find me there in one way or the other 🙂

If you want to send me a few lines about the current (non-)state of things or on any other subject / matter, please do get in touch via email: info-at-flavoursofopen.science


Header image by Philipp Deus on Unsplash.