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Making Open Access Everyone's Business | Margaret Heller

Making Open Access Everyone's Business | Margaret Heller | Everything open | Scoop.it
Librarians should have a role in promoting open access content. The best methods and whether they are successful is a matter of heated debate. Take for an example a recent post by Micah Vandergrift...
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Proving the value of digital and information literacy in higher education through Project DELILA

Proving the value of digital and information literacy in higher education through Project DELILA | Everything open | Scoop.it

As Project DELILA prepares to come to a close, Jane Secker writes about how the project has aided the development of new and innovative teaching methods and has embedded digital and information literacy…


Bringing together librarians, educational developers and learning technologists from a range of institutions, Project DELILA has proven the potential and value that digital and informational literacy can have for higher education teaching. The Developing Educators Learning and Information Literacies for Accreditation Project (DELILA) is part of a series of projects to release a set of open educational resources (OER) and has focussed on releasing materials relating to digital and information literacy that are suitable for use in teacher accreditation programmes in higher education.

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FutureLearn launches first Moocs offering academic credits

FutureLearn launches first Moocs offering academic credits | Everything open | Scoop.it
Leeds and OU programmes signal significant change in online platform’s pricing structure
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Diving In: The Open Waters of Digital Resources and Open Educational Resources (OER) - OLC

Diving In: The Open Waters of Digital Resources and Open Educational Resources (OER) - OLC | Everything open | Scoop.it
Over the past couple of weeks, my news feed reminds me of the vast disparity in use of digital and open educational resources (OER) as well as the lack of education surrounding how to use these cost effective, pedagogically sound Read More >
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New funds available for Public Open Data projects - European Data Portal - European Data Portal

New funds available for Public Open Data projects - European Data Portal - European Data Portal | Everything open | Scoop.it
New funds available for Public Open Data projects - European Data Portal
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What Do the Authors of Sci-Hub’s Most-Downloaded Articles Think About Sci-Hub?

What Do the Authors of Sci-Hub’s Most-Downloaded Articles Think About Sci-Hub? | Everything open | Scoop.it
We spoke with a few of them, and for the most part, they had no problem with being popular on the piracy network.
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Elsevier denies it will force SSRN users on to other services

Elsevier denies it will force SSRN users on to other services | Everything open | Scoop.it
Purchase of research repository has horrified open access advocates who fear acquisition marks attempt to maintain control over publishing
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Are OERs Sustainable? ~ Stephen Downes

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Are OERs Sustainable? Martin Poulter, OPENEDSIG Archives, May 22, 2016 


Commentary by Stephen Downes.


This is an excellent posts looking at five key questions regarding the sustainability of open educational resources (OERs), backed with examples and references. Here they are

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Our role in open access | Jisc

Our role in open access | Jisc | Everything open | Scoop.it
Working towards global open access, in partnership with information professionals and researchers, we enable the UK's academic research community to realise the rewards of open access.
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The OER World Map Openness Indicator – Background & Introduction

The OER World Map Openness Indicator – Background & Introduction | Everything open | Scoop.it
Since most of our team members are somehow connected to the library world, one of the first things we wanted to do, when we started phase II of the project, was to define a clear collection policy for the OER World Map, which should define which data to collect and which not. A clear scope,…
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The Teacher’s Guide To Open Educational Resources | Edudemic

The Teacher’s Guide To Open Educational Resources | Edudemic | Everything open | Scoop.it
You’ve probably heard about Open Educational Resources & may have used some. The world of OERs is growing constantly, with more resources available daily.
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Gilbert C FAURE's curator insight, January 16, 4:33 AM

open source vs open ER?

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Why does open matter? by Lorna M. Campbell | The University of Edinburgh

Why does open matter? by Lorna M. Campbell | The University of Edinburgh | Everything open | Scoop.it
Defining 'open' in the context of education.
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NASA Releases 3 Million Thermal Images of Our Planet Earth

NASA Releases 3 Million Thermal Images of Our Planet Earth | Everything open | Scoop.it
Since 1999, NASA has used ASTER (Japan's Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer) to gather images of the Earth's surface, providing a way to 'map and monitor the changing surface of our planet.' They've mapped 99% of the planet's surface over the years, generating nearly three million images, showing all kinds of things -- 'from massive scars across the Oklahoma landscape from an EF-5 tornado and the devastating aftermath of flooding in Pakistan, to volcanic eruptions in Iceland and wildfires in California.'



And now, NASA is letting the public download and use those images at no cost.
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London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority selects the Koha open source library management system for its libraries, hosted and supported by PTFS Europe.

London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority selects the Koha open source library management system for its libraries, hosted and supported by PTFS Europe. | Everything open | Scoop.it
LFEPA - the body that runs the London Fire Brigade - has chosen and implemented the Koha library management system. PTFS Europe has provided a full range of
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When is the Library Open? | Library Babel Fish

When is the Library Open? | Library Babel Fish | Everything open | Scoop.it

If we don't act together to build the infrastructure for an open access future, somebody else will - and they are already on it. 


I’ve been traveling for a couple of weeks with intermittent internet access so am behind on news, but a couple of stories seem particularly important. 


First, a deal was struck in Florida to have a highly successful for-profit publisher populate a university’s institutional repository with links to intellectual property that its faculty created and gave to the publisher. Isn’t this like outsourcing the management of the henhouse to Foxes, Inc.? An Elsevier spokesperson says this will help the repository because it’s much harder for libraries to get material from their faculty than it is for Elsevier. This is a true but cruel irony.

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Europe will make publicly funded scientific research public

Europe will make publicly funded scientific research public | Everything open | Scoop.it
European Union (EU) ministers have agreed to make a huge amount of scientific research in the region available free of charge by 2020. The move will open u
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Burke's skeleton to human body parts: New app opens up University of Edinburgh’s Anatomical Collections | Culture24

Burke's skeleton to human body parts: New app opens up University of Edinburgh’s Anatomical Collections | Culture24 | Everything open | Scoop.it
We take a look at the grimly fascinating collection of the University of Edinburgh’s Anatomical Museum, where a new interactive app has been launched to open it up to people worldwide.
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The Rise of Pirate Libraries

The Rise of Pirate Libraries | Everything open | Scoop.it

Shadowy digital libraries want to hold all the world's knowledge and give it away for free.

All around the world, shadow libraries keep growing, filled with banned materials. But no actual papers trade hands: everything is digital, and the internet-accessible content is not banned for shocking content so much as that modern crime, copyright infringement.

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#OER16: a critical turn

#OER16: a critical turn | Everything open | Scoop.it
.. I’ve been thinking about OER16 since the conference ended just over four weeks ago. I’m reflecting now not just through the lens of those few weeks but also the other conferences and workshops which I attended immediately afterward, namely the C-DELTA project in Cape Town and the Networked Learning #NLC2016 doctoral consortium and conference…
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What do we mean when we call scholarly communications platforms 'sustainable'?

What do we mean when we call scholarly communications platforms 'sustainable'? | Everything open | Scoop.it
The title here is a little deceptive. Because, clearly, I do know what we mean when we call scholarly communications platforms ‘sustainable’. We mean that they will, through one business model or another, manage to maintain themselves without research funders ploughing endless cash into them. Yet, I’ve been thinking about this recently and it comes with several pre-assumptions that are quite tricky to unpick.
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8 High-Quality OER Collections -- THE Journal

8 High-Quality OER Collections -- THE Journal | Everything open | Scoop.it
Finding high-quality open educational resources used to be a challenge, but a number of curated OER collections have made the task much easier for educators. Here are eight sources that can help.

Via Robert Schuwer, Robert Farrow
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Robert Schuwer's curator insight, May 20, 2:44 AM
Among classics like Khan Academy and OER Commons also some newer and maybe less known repositories
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Reframing Open in the context of the digital university – part 1 #oer16

Reframing Open in the context of the digital university – part 1 #oer16 | Everything open | Scoop.it
In preparation for our #OER16 presentation, this is the first of two blog posts where Keith Smyth and will build on our abstract and give a bit more detail and context around our current thinking. There’s quite a bit to pack into a 15 minute conference presentation so we hope that these posts will allow…
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Free, high-quality education resources from the National Science Digital Library

Free, high-quality education resources from the National Science Digital Library | Everything open | Scoop.it
The National Science Digital Library is a collection of high-quality online educational resources for teaching and learning science.
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Ethan Todd's curator insight, April 19, 12:41 AM

This is my insight.

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Identifying categories of OER users

Using the work of the OER Research Hub at the Open University, different types of OER users are identified. The different strategies for reaching these audiences are considered

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Open access in a time of illness

Open access in a time of illness | Everything open | Scoop.it
I noted, on Twitter, how pleased I was to discover that there was good information available online about my current condition. I want, here though, to offer a few words to the ridiculous arguments that are sometimes brought against open access. Namely, that there isn’t a public for this material because it is specialized in both its wording and its content.
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Pros and Cons of OERs - Open Educational Resources - LibGuides at Goucher College

Pros and Cons of Using OERs for Instruction 

As with any educational resource, there are both advantages and disadvantages associated with using OERs in the classroom.
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