[okfn-br] UNESCO launches Open Access Repository under Creative Commons

Carolina Rossini carolina.rossini em gmail.com
Quarta Dezembro 18 19:57:37 UTC 2013

 UNESCO launches Open Access Repository under Creative Commons Cable Green,
December 18th, 2013
[image: The New UNESCO House in

The New UNESCO House in Paris<http://www.flickr.com/photos/un_photo/3311537995/>
United Nations Photo / CC

UNESCO has announced a new Open Access
Repository<http://en.unesco.org/open-access/>making more than 300
digital reports, books and articles available to the
world under the Creative Commons IGO

>From UNESCO’s press

“Currently, the Repository contains works in some 12 languages, including
major UNESCO reports and key research publications. As well as the 300 Open
Access publications, UNESCO will provide on-line availability to hundreds
of other important reports and titles. Covering a wide range of topics from
all regions of the world, this knowledge can now be shared by the general
public, professionals, researchers, students and policy-makers… under an
open license.”

UNESCO will continue to expand its collection of open resources with
selected past publications and all new works following its new Open Access
in April 2013. As of 31 July 2013 all new UNESCO publications are
released with one of the CC IGO licenses and will be loaded into the Open
Access Repository. The majority of UNESCO resources will be openly licensed
under CC BY SA <http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/igo/>.

Kudos too to UNESCO for implementing many of the recommendations in
its own 2012
Paris OER Declaration <http://creativecommons.org/weblog/entry/33089> (

d. Promote the understanding and use of open licensing frameworks.
g. Encourage the development and adaptation of OER in a variety of
languages and cultural contexts.
i. Facilitate finding, retrieving and sharing of OER.
j. Encourage the open licensing of educational materials produced with
public funds.

By open licensing its publications, UNESCO not only makes all the knowledge
it creates freely and openly available to the world, but it sets an
important example for its
195<http://www.unesco.org/new/en/member-states/countries/>member (and
9 associate member) nations about the strong
policy arguments<http://wiki.creativecommons.org/Intergovernmental_Organizations#Why_Intergovernmental_Organizations_Benefit_from_Using_CC>for
releasing publicly funded resources under open licenses. The message
clear: it is a good idea to adopt open policies that increase access and
reduce costs to education, research, scientific and cultural resources.

Congratulations UNESCO!
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*Carolina Rossini*
*Project Director, Latin America Resource Center*
Open Technology Institute
*New America Foundation*
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*carolina.rossini em gmail.com*
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