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Stephen Downes

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Creative Commons interviuew with Sire John Daniel, most recently of Commonwealth of Learning fame, and previously of Open University fame (and I suppose he still has some attachment to the gang in Milton Keynes). This interview not surprisingly focuses on the COL's choice of open licensing but also on the role of IGOs - intergovernmental organizations. "In general, the IGO process aims to get countries to work together to do things they cannot do separately. One example is a virtual university for small states within the Commonwealth. Since two-thirds of the 54 member states are nations with populations of 2 million or less, they have fewer resources to spend on content creation.... COL helped them start a ‘virtual university’, which is not a new institution but a collaborative network where countries and institutions can work together to produce course materials as OER that they can all adapt and use."

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