US Department of State Unveils Open Book Project

Cable Green, Cable Impacts Foundation, Jan 29, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

The United States government yesterday announced "the Open Book Project (remarks, fact sheet, press notice), an initiative to expand access to free, high-quality educational materials in Arabic." While no doubt this initiative has a political purpose, it doesn't follow that it merits criticism on that basis. The proof will be in the content of the material, and whether it serves the more generic objective of advancing eduation for Arab-speaking people. And I think the launching of this initiative shows that there are many good grounds for supportin g open access, and that narrowly-focused "sustainability models" don't always capture those grounds.

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