The past year in Open Access

Today marks the start of Open Access Week 2013. Open Access Week is a global event for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm … Read More “The past year in Open Access”

Supporting Copyright Reform

Today Creative Commons released a policy statement expressing its support for copyright reform efforts around the world. Creative Commons (CC) has enabled a new approach to copyright licensing over the last ten years. CC licenses facilitate novel social, educational, technological, and business practices, and support productive relationships around networked knowledge and culture. We are dedicated … Read More “Supporting Copyright Reform”

Reflections on our OER policy workshop in Berlin

This post was written by Alek Tarkowski and originally posted on the European OER Policy Project site. A week ago, the European Commission launched the “Opening Up Education” initiative, a proposal for modernizing the European educational system. The proposal contains a strong “open” component. We’re using this opportunity to strengthen open educational policies in Europe, … Read More “Reflections on our OER policy workshop in Berlin”

European Commission launches "Opening Up Education" initiative

European Commission Vice President Neelie Kroes and Commission Member Androulla Vassiliou today announced Opening Up Education, an initiative that looks to increase the use of digital technologies for learning and spur the development of Open Educational Resources and policies across the European Union. The Opening Up Education communication (PDF) indicates a strong support for Open … Read More “European Commission launches "Opening Up Education" initiative”

Public Access to Publicly Funded Materials: What Could Be

This blog post was written by Teresa Sempere García, CC’s Community Support Intern June-August, 2013. The cycle graphics below were designed by Timothy Vollmer and Teresa Sempere García. The current system for public access to research articles and educational materials is broken: ownership is often unclear, and the reuse of knowledge is limited by policies … Read More “Public Access to Publicly Funded Materials: What Could Be”

University of California adopts system-wide open access policy

Today the University of California (UC) Academic Senate announced the adoption of a system-wide open access policy for future research articles generated by UC faculty. The articles will be made publicly available for free via UC’s eScholarship repository. According to the press release, the University of California open access policy will cover 8,000 faculty who … Read More “University of California adopts system-wide open access policy”

University proposal supports U.S. public access directive

Last week the Association of American Universities (AAU), Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) released a draft plan on how they’d support public access to federally funded research aligned with the February 22 White House public access directive. The SHared Access Research Ecosystem, or SHARE, is a … Read More “University proposal supports U.S. public access directive”