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Facilitating a Digital Commons for Generations to Come


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Overview of OER, and issues of curation and dissemination of content. Presented to the Ministry of Education, Government of Jamaica.

Overview of OER, and issues of curation and dissemination of content. Presented to the Ministry of Education, Government of Jamaica.

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  • 1. Unless noted otherwiseFacilitating a Digital Commons for Generations to ComeSameer Verma, Ph.D.Professor, Information Systems DepartmentCollege of Business, San Francisco State UniversitySan Francisco, CA 94132 USA at the Ministry of EducationGovernment of Jamaica
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  • 3. also meInstitutional Academic Partner Centre of Excellence Mona School of Business University of the West Indies Jamaica
  • 4. Teachtechnology -> networks, databases, media enables -> licensing and collaboration use -> strategy, compliance, governance
  • 5. Researchdiffusion and adoption of innovative technologies how perception drives adoption
  • 6. ServiceThe Commons Initiative at San Francisco State University
  • 7. Fun take things apart!...and sometimes put them back together :-)
  • 8. Resources
  • 9. Makes sharing easy, legal and scalable
  • 10. Creative Commons Knowledge and Culture HTTP/The Web Documents TCP/IP The Network Ethernet Computers
  • 11. Getting permission Copyright holderGet permission from copyright holder
  • 12. Can we preempt the asking ofpermission for the most common requests?
  • 13. A simple, standardizedway to grant copyright permissions to your creative work.
  • 14. Copyright is based on the law of the land. Creative Commons is a license within the jurisdiction of the Copyright Law.Creative Commons does not replace Copyright.It facilitates attribution, propagation and use.
  • 15. Step 1: Choose ConditionsAttribution Share AlikeNon-Commercial No Derivative Works
  • 16. Step 2: Receive a License
  • 17. CC Licenses are built on top of copyright law
  • 18. HumanReadable Deed
  • 19. Lawyer ReadableLegal Code
  • 20. MachineReadableMetadata
  • 21. 100+ affiliates in 72 jurisdictions
  • 22. Over 400 million items
  • 23. 200+ Million CC Licensed Photos on Flickr
  • 24.
  • 25. Education grants
  • 26. “All digital software, educational resources and knowledge produced through competitive grants, offered through and/or managed by the SBCTC, will carry a Creative Commons attribution license; and the open licensing policy applies to all funding sources (state, federal, foundation and/or other fund sources) that flow through SBCTC as a competitive grant to any party...”
  • 27. “Open High School of Utah curriculum is built from open educational resources. These resources are thefoundation for their content and are aligned with Utah state standards to ensure the highest quality educational experience. The teachers enhance with screencasts, interactive components, and engaging activities to create high quality curricula for their students...”
  • 28. Creative Commons creates a framework that helps OER projects achieve their objectives
  • 29. Resources Curation
  • 30. OLPC Jamaica
  • 31. Jamaica
  • 32. August Town Primary School
  • 33. Providence Basic School, Liguanea
  • 34. Problem:Curate and organizeBooksMusicVideoAudioAnimation Catalog
  • 35. Pathagar: A Book Server Open Publication Distribution SystemPathagar : Path + Agarपाठागार : पाठ + आगार A Practical Hindi-English Dictionary
  • 36. OPDS: Open Publication and Distribution System
  • 37. The Internet Archive is anincredible collection of over 3 million free books!It has gems such as this film: Jamaica in 1933
  • 38. Resources Curation Dissemination
  • 39. Internet Access
  • 40.
  • 41. How do we makebooks available in the middle of nowhere?
  • 42. DreamplugA self-contained low-power Linux serverAC Built-inSolar Wi-FiBattery Hotspot A “microcloud” Approx. US$100
  • 43. Middle of nowhere
  • 44. Resources Curation Dissemination
  • 45. Most importantly,keep it open and accessiblefor the generations to come.