Open licensing

Understand open licensing, types of licenses, issues and challenges, the impact of open licensing and digitization of intellectual property, as well as different business models associated with open licensing.

The Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA), through its Working Group on Books and Learning Materials (WGBLM), teamed up with the Global Book Alliance (GBA) to dialogue with African book industry stakeholders about publishing and use of materials in mother-tongue languages, and to come up with a way forward.

Author
Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA)
Global Book Alliance (GBA)
Publisher
Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA)

This study was conducted as part of the OER for Skills Development project of Commonwealth of Learning (COL), supported by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. The objective of the study was to collect baseline data from Commonwealth institutions with respect to the development, use and reuse of OER; the availability of support; and challenges faced in fostering the use of OER.

Author
B Phalachandra and Ishan Abeywardena

If you are planning to translate a storybook from one language to another, then these recommendations are for you. They offer helpful ideas on how to ensure the final story in the new language is high quality. A high-quality translation is one that was not necessarily translated word-for-word, but that retains the meaning and sensibility of the original story in the new language.

Author
Lisa Treffry-Goatley
Dorcas Wepukhulu
The African Storybook Team
Naomi Mositsa
Room to Read
Publisher
Room to Read

Open Educational Resources (OER) offer a powerful means of expanding the reach and the effectiveness of education worldwide. For this reason, COL and UNESCO co-organised the World OER Congress in 2012 in Paris, which resulted in the OER Paris Declaration: a statement urging governments around the world to release, as OER, all teaching, learning and research materials developed with public funds.

Author
Fengchun Miao
Sanjaya Mishra and Rory McGreal (eds)

This presentation was delivered delivered on 22 May, 2019 at the 3rd African Library & Information Association (AfLIA) Conference and 5th African Library Summit, held at the Weston Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya. The theme of the conference was ‘African libraries creating the Africa we want and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals’.

Author
Lisbeth Levey
Kirsty von Gogh
Publisher
Neil Butcher & Associates

Openly licensed resources are ‘free’ to access, but there can be significant user, creation, adaptation, and production costs. The long-term sustainability of African publishing in local languages requires that these costs be met fairly and completely, using models that will encourage people to establish, grow, and sustain excellent content creation organizations.

Author
Neil Butcher
Lisbeth Levey
Kirsty von Gogh
Publisher
Neil Butcher and Associates

Restrictive copyrights can limit how likely reading resources are to be used, shared or repurposed, which significantly diminishes the potential impact of the materials.  Donors and international organizations are increasingly investing in open educational resources, as they are interested in ensuring that educational materials reach the greatest possible number of learners, and that broad access to those material

Author
Sofia Cozzolino
Cable Green
Publisher
The Global Reading Network

The policy paper notes that open educational resources have worked well as complements to textbooks and commercial content, but the experience of the past decade — with free content on the Internet aiming to replace publisher-created textbooks— has demonstrated that it is difficult to maintain the quality, efficacy and sustainability necessary for good education.

Author
International Publishers Association
Publisher
International Publishers Association

A key barrier to improving children's reading skills is limited or no access to textbooks and reading materials. An open education resource (OER) policy could help progress Early Grade Reading (EGR) efforts and is now a policy requirement for all United States Government-funded projects. Can stakeholders in the book production chain embrace an OER model, finding benefit in the approach for their businesses?

Author
Neil Butcher
Publisher
Neil Butcher & Associates