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Stephen Downes

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I think this account of 'open' is far better than one that rests on the 5Rs. This account of open actually strives toward openness rather than simply granting rights to those lucky enough to be in possession of a resource. Here are the principles, as defined by transparency, inclusivity, adaptability, collaboration, community. This article is focused on providing examples of governments and institutions being open. The governments include Sweden and the U.K., British Columbia and Ontario. The NGOs include the Red Cross and Greenpeace. The educational institutions include (most unconvincingly) MIT, Oxford, Harvard and Edinburgh (for their use of MOOCs). I still think there's room for improvement, both in the definition and in the examples, but the thinking behind this article is sound.

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