The Open Network™


The Open Network (ON) is an open access, crowdsourced, and curated network of public Knowledge Hubs... that aggregate and promote the best knowledge about a topic and its related news, events, resources, people, and organizations.

ON is managed by the Open Network Alliance. This post is a short overview of the features of a knowledge network of Hubs and how they can be experienced. All Hubs use the onAir Knowledge Network System.

It's free to be a member of The Open Network. Members can...

  • Have a profile post that can shared w/multiple Hubs (updated automatically wherever shared)
  • Comments on posts
  • Participate in onAir broadcasts
  • Author posts
  • Become a member of any specific Hub upon a request of the Hub's Manager (with the same privileges as outlined above)
  • Receive Hub digests as email newsletters

Becoming a ON member

Membership in Open Networks (ON) is free and open to everyone. To learn more about this Hub and Neuroscience Knowledge Network (NKN), go to this home page post. To learn more about the Health Knowledge Network, go to this post on the Health Communication Hub.

All ON members will a have a profile. Hub members can also comment on posts, participate in onAir broadcasts, submit new posts for inclusion in the Hub, and become a Hub Curator.

Becoming an ON member requires only an email address and your first and last name.  At the present time we are in alpha development and are limiting membership to early adopters.  Email our ON administrator, Scott Joy, at or one of the Hub Curators to become an onAir member as well as becoming a member of one or more Hubs you are interested in so you can participate in a Hub in the ways described below.

Once you are approved as a member, you login by selecting the silhouette icon at the upper right of your screen. Enter your user name and password.  To change your password, select “Edit Account” in drop down and enter your “New Password” and “Repeat New Password”.

Share your Profile

You can edit your profile(s) in one Hub and share it with as many Hubs who will accept it. When you make changes in one Hub, your profile will automatically be updated in all the Hubs it is located.

Besides having your professional profile in a Hub, you can also submit your organization’s profile  to the Hub’s curators for inclusion in the Hub’s Directory.

Author and Share your Posts

As a Hub member, you can become a lead author  or co-author of one or more posts in this Hub. Hub Curators determine where your post is located in this Hub. Like your profile, your post(s) can be shared with as many Hubs who will accept your post. When you make changes in one Hub, your post will automatically be updated in all the Hubs it is located.

The author(s) of a post have ownership of their posts. Posts are considered by default CC-NC (Creative Commons for Non-Commercial use. As owner of a post, you can modify the CC-NC licensing rights to whatever you want to establish… from being freely available without any restrictions or attribution to full copyright rights.

Comment on Posts

As a Hub member, you will be able to comment on any post in the Hub..

Participate in Aircast

Members can participate in an Aircast Show  as long as they have been invited. As  an invited Hangout participant, Members can ask questions, screen share, give and comment on presentations and panel discussions. Members can alternatively view only the onAir Broadcast by access1ing the Hub post, the Google + page, or directly from the Hub’s YouTube Channel watch page.

Aircasts are live streamed videos of a presentation and/or discussion that are archived in a post and in the Hub’s YouTube channel. Members can participate in any Aircast as a Hangout Participant as long as they have been invited by the broadcast’s Director. As a Hangout participant, Members can ask questions, screen share, give and comment on presentations and panel discussions.

Members can also request the Hub’s Curators to set up one or more onAir broadcasts for their post(s). Curator’s will schedule your event, place it in your post before your event and store the resulting archived video in the Hub’s YouTube channel. You can have ten different locations interacting in the Hangout that your direct.

Other Membership Benefits

Members can follow and get notifications of new posts and content added to existing posts. Members can subscribe to newsletter digests that a Hub curators produce.


Hub members can also request to become a Hub Curator or Hub Manager (Lead Curator) by emailing the Network Administrator or the Lead Curator listed in the footer at the bottom of each page. Curators review, rank, categorize, and tweet new posts, author and edit review posts and Hub digests, set -up and schedule onAir broadcasts, find sponsors and exhibitors for their Hub, and insure the trustworthiness and freshness of a Hub’s content. Curators can earn money from their efforts through revenue sharing with Open Networks based on sponsor, exhibitor, and other revenue.

Curators can …

  • Author Hub Overviews
  • Review new posts and rank posts in categories
  • Edit posts if Authors request
  • Set up and assist authors with their onAir broadcasts
  • Create and manage Digests and email newsletters and Tweet posts in the Hub’s Twitter account
  • Share in a Hub’s revenue from sponsors and exhibitors

Hub Managers

Members can make a request of Network Administrators to become the lead manager of a NKN Hub not yet active or a new new neuroscience relevant topic not yet identified. Hub managers…

  • Organize and add to a Hub’s categories
  • Oversee all assistant Hub managers and Hub Curators
  • Manage a Hub’s YouTube Channel and Twitter account
  • Find Sponsors, Exhibitors,  and Donors for a Hub
  • Resell Hub content with author permission
  • Share in a Hub’s revenue from sponsors and exhibitors

Network Administrators

NKN Network Administrators provide support to Hub Managers in a number of ways including: content organization and presentation, systems and set-up, marketing to sponsors and exhibitors, accounting, and onAir broadcasts. The NKN Network Administrators are Todd Gillette– content (, Scott Joy– systems and set-up  (; and Jim McLean– Aircasts ( The content of the Health Network of Hubs is overseen by Meredith Cary.

Video about Open Networks

Based on Neuroscience Hub.

Non-profit Organization

The Open Network Alliance is the non-profit organization that oversees the Open Network of Knowledge Hubs.  Open Networks main purpose is to facilitate communications and innovative research through the development of public, open access knowledge networks.

Open Networks will be collaborating with leading associations, foundations, government agencies, and experts to oversee the management of its Hubs and related YouTube channels and Twitter accounts.. Each Hub is supported by one or more non-profit sponsor who can also promote their organizations and interests in the Hub Expos. Hub sponsors will be able to assume ownership/authorship of their Hub profiles and submit new posts to a Hub’s curators.
Open Networks, as administrator of all the ON Hubs, will host all the websites and provide the software that ON is using. Each topical Hub will be curated and managed by Hub Curators/Managers who will be knowledgeable and passionate about their topic and may represent an association, foundation, and other non-profit organization . Open Networks will provide Hub Curators  with the support and guidance to make their Hub the go to Hub for their topic. Hub revenues from sponsors, the Expo exhibitors, and other sources will be shared between Open Networks and a Hub’s Curator(s).

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