Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to require CC BY for all grant-funded research

Philanthropic foundations fund the creation of scholarly research, education and training materials, and rich data with the public good in mind. Creative Commons has long advocated for foundations to add open license requirements to their grants. Releasing grant-funded content under permissive open licenses means that materials may be more easily shared and re-used by the … Read More “Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to require CC BY for all grant-funded research”

NSF grantee opens up wind technology training materials for fellow grantees

WindTech TV, a collection of wind turbine technician training materials and simulation modules, is now available under a CC BY license. Developed as part of a National Science Foundation (NSF) Advanced Technological Education project, WindTech TV’s modules are aligned with industry standards and designed to be integrated into two-year college wind technology programs to sustain … Read More “NSF grantee opens up wind technology training materials for fellow grantees”

CC BY 4.0 required on U.S. Department of Labor $150M grant

  Creative Commons actively works to support foundations, governments, IGOs and other funders who create, adopt and implement open policies. We believe publicly funded resources should be openly licensed resources. To support these and other emerging open policy efforts, CC is about to launch, with multiple global open organizations, an Open Policy Network and Institute … Read More “CC BY 4.0 required on U.S. Department of Labor $150M grant”

U.S. PIRG report finds students would perform better with open textbooks

       Center for Public Interest Research, Inc. / CC BY The U.S. PIRG Education Fund released a report this week called, “Fixing the Broken Textbook Market: How Students Respond to High Textbook Costs and Demand Alternatives.” The report features responses to a survey administered to over 2,000 students across 163 college campuses in the U.S. in … Read More “U.S. PIRG report finds students would perform better with open textbooks”

US Senators seek to make college textbooks affordable and open

Opensourceway / CC BY-SA United States Senators Dick Durbin of Illinois and Al Franken of Minnesota have introduced legislation called the Affordable College Textbook Act that seeks to make college textbooks affordable and openly available under the Creative Commons Attribution license. According to Durbin’s press release, Bill S.1704 does 5 things: Creates a grant program … Read More “US Senators seek to make college textbooks affordable and open”

The Impact of Open Textbooks at OpenStax College

OpenStax College, an initiative of Connexions, the open educational resources (OER) authoring project at Rice University, is creating high-quality, peer-reviewed open textbooks. All of OpenStax College’s books, including the art and illustrations, are available under the Creative Commons Attribution license (CC BY), allowing anyone to reuse, revise, remix and redistribute the books. The first two … Read More “The Impact of Open Textbooks at OpenStax College”

New Education Highway uses OER to make education accessible in Myanmar

ICE-Youth members / NEH / CC BY-NC-ND New Education Highway (NEH) is a nonprofit project that could not exist without open educational resources (OER). Launched this year in Myanmar, NEH leverages new and existing OER to provide remote and rural communities — often with no Internet connection — with access to a quality education. NEH … Read More “New Education Highway uses OER to make education accessible in Myanmar”