Welcome to Flavours of Open!

This here is my little sandbox - a playground that I use as a site of experimentation for exploring #opensource tools and modes of presentation for #openscience and #openeducation... 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’s Universitätskolleg. From August 2019 on, I'll be working as a Scientific Manager for OpenAIRE Advance at SUB Göttingen.

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 2018 due to a variety of reasons.

My list of publications reflects this perceived multiplicity of areas, with blog posts, articles and book chapters rangeng from questions of authorship in Game of Thrones, over transnational renegotiations of Nordic Noir (in print, 2019), to a variety of issues in Open Education, Science and 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 :)

And 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

Please stay tuned & check back in the next few weeks!

... and on another note:

Open Scholarship (my preferred definition):

Open Scholarship as a paradigm consists of three dimensions:

  1. Open output, comprising specific content / products from open publishing, open data, open source, open education, open access, and similar open movements.

  2. Open practices, describing how we as citizens working in and with academia search and find, create and disseminate the elements of 1), such as e.g. open science practices for research-focused activities, open educational practices including open pedagogy and open teaching and learning in its many facets in more general terms, citizen science, scholarly communication and outreach, as well as all intersecting, overlapping and/or converging practices resulting from all domains of scholarly practice.

  3. Open networked participation, as a set of underlying practices framing scholars' and other inolved parties' uses of digital technologies informed by certain grounding assumptions and values regarding the spread of equitable knowledge along its life cycle of creation, dissemination and re-use along what Veletsianos and Kimmons have identified as "a strong ideological basis rooted in an ethical pursuit for democratization, fundamental human rights, equality, and justice" (2012). Open networked participation is a process happening under constant negotiation of one's and others' personal, institutional, legal, and other social factors and resulting boundaries.

This definition is an adaption and remix of earlier definitory elements taken from Veletsianos and Kimmons (2012), Weller (2014), and DeRosa and Jhangiani (2018).


Veletsianos, George and Royce Kimmons. (2012). Assumptions and Challenges of Open Scholarship. The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, vol. 13 (4). 13 (4), 166-89. DOI: 10.19173/irrodl.v13i4.1313.

Weller, Martin. (2014). The Battle For Open: How openness won and why it doesn’t feel like victory. DOI: 10.5334/bam.

DeRosa, Robin and Rajiv Jhangiani. (2018). What is Open Pedagogy? openpedagogy.org.