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  • An Open Knowledge Primer for OER Africa

    First there were Open Educational Resources (OER); Then there was Open Access (OA); Increasingly academics and researchers are making Open Data integral to scholarly communication; Rather than segmenting the three, many practitioners use the phrase; Open Knowledge; This primer is meant to complement work carried out at OER Africa on OER and IPR/copyrigh;It broadens the discussion to include...

  • Open access journals and publishing options in health sciences

    The term “open access” refers to resources (often scholarly journal articles) that are freely and publicly accessible to anyone worldwide. Depending the particular terms of use of a given open access journal, the journal may also allow people to copy, modify, or distribute the content of the articles under one of the Creative [1] [2]Commons [3] [4]licenses [5]. Research (from University [6...

  • Potential Effect of Making Journals Free After a Six Month Embargo: A Report for the Association of Learned, Professional and Society Publishers (ALPSP) and The Publishers Association

    This report documents the results of a survey carried out to obtain a significant body of information on how the acquisitions policies of libraries might be affected by an across-theboard mandate to make journals articles free of charge six months after publication. 2. A short question was e-mailed to approximately 950 libraries throughout the world. The aim was to obtain a set of...

  • The Openness-Creativity Cycle in Education - A Perspective

    The nature of openness in education has transformed from just relating to open access to encompass a wide range of interpretations. This paper explores the concept of an 'open scholar' whose practice is shaped by digital and networked technologies. It is argued that openness represents an effective working method in this environment, and that creativity plays a key role in realising this. The...

  • The Case for Openness: Access to Knowledge, Visibility, Influence, Participation and Quality

    This article discusses the different roles of "openness" in education and how African universities can contribute and become more globally visible.

  • AgShare Resource Guide: Freely available academic readings to supplement course modules

    This resource guide is a compendium of the individual handbooks that were prepared for the AgShare university partners [1]. It is subdivided into sections, such as lecture materials, student readings, websites, and video. [1] http://www.oerafrica.org/agshare/AgShareHome/tabid/1290/Default.aspx

  • Open Access Advocacy: Think Globally, Act Locally

    While the open access movement is a global movement, University of Northern Colorado libra-rians acted locally and collaboratively to make changes to their scholarly communication system. Authors of this article describe how global advocacy affected their local, institutional open access activities that resulted in a library faculty open access resolution at University of Northern Colo-rado...

  • How Giving Away Religious Digital Books Influences the Print Sales of Those Books

    Lack of access prevents many from benefiting from educational resources. Digital technologies now enable educational resources, such as books, to be openly available to those with access to the Internet. This study examined the financial viability of a religious publisher?s putting free digital versions of eight of its books on the Internet. The total cost of putting these books online was $...

  • Open Access Policy Background - Brigham Young University. IPT 692R :: Summer 2009

    Although this document begins with the religious ideology of Brigham Young University, it provides a useful analysis of the status of open access at universities in the United States of America.

  • Draft New Zealand Government Open Access and Licensing Framework (NZGOAL)

    This draft New Zealand Government Open Access and Licensing framework (NZGOAL)(a) sets out a series of open access and open licensing principles, for non-copyright information and data and copyright works, respectively; (b) advocates the use of:(i) clear ?no known rights? statements for non-copyright information and data released for re-use; and (ii) Creative Commons licences for those...

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