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March 24, 2011

Open Definition: Defining the Open in Open Data, Open Content and Open Services
Various Authors, Website, March 24, 2011.

From the conference on open Geographical Information Systems I am attending in Girona today, this 'open definition' seeks to define openness in data and information services. "The Open Knowledge Definition (OKD) sets out principles to define ‘openness' in knowledge – that's any kind of content or data ‘from sonnets to statistics, genes to geodata'. The definition can be summed up in the statement that 'A piece of content or data is open if anyone is free to use, reuse, and redistribute it - subject only, at most, to the requirement to attribute and share-alike.'."

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Open Education Around the World: Education-Portal.com Speaks with the University of Southern Queensland
Megan Driscoll, Education-Portal.com, March 24, 2011.

Interview with Jim Taylor from the University of Southern Queensland on open educational resources. "We see higher education sustainability and affordability as dependent on finding a new model. The potential for the existing infrastructure to meet the growing demand for higher education is a major issue - there are several studies that demonstrate that's just not possible on a global level. So the OER University acknowledges that most universities have community service as part of their mission and supports this by giving students access to credit through open educational resources."

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