On Thursday, October 29, 2015 the U.S. Department of Education announced the #GoOpen campaign, which it defined as a major commitment to “significantly expand and accelerate the creation, curation, use, and sharing of openly licensed educational resources in our schools.” To further promote OER, the Department is proposing a regulation that would “require all copyrightable intellectual property created with Department grant funds to have an open license.”
In Mexico City next week at the bi-annual global summit of the Open Government Partnership (the OGP), I will have the privilege and honor of joining representatives from the U.S. Department of State in an open panel discussion designed to encourage formal, government-to-government collaboration in the creation, use, and continuous improvement of free, high-quality open educational resources (OER).
[Timothy Vollmer] A few months ago the United States Copyright Office issued a request for comments on an extended collective licensing (ECL) pilot program they are considering for mass digitization projects. The Office thinks that such a program would permit greater access to cultural works by allowing institutions to engage in mass digitization and then licence those digital collections for a fee. Creative Commons and Creative Commons USA submitted comments to the Copyright Office in coordination with Wikimedia and Internet Archive.
The Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, visited the Williamsfield Community School District in Illinois on September 15, 2015 to highlight the District’s use of Open Educational Resources as a means of improving the quality of its instructional materials while also saving public funds. Here’s a CC-USA FAQ on Open Educational Resources and copyright licenses.