[okfn-discuss] [project proposal] OpenTest

Sebastian Beca sebastian.beca at gmail.com
Thu Nov 22 15:01:16 UTC 2012

Hi Rufus,

Thanks for taking the time to look through it! =)

Answering your questions:

1. The project considers both a Question/Test Editor (composer) as well as
the database of questions.

2. Up to this point I'm considering CC-BY-SA-NC for the site and editing
tools that will become available on it. I have kept the NC because one of
the main motivations of the Chilean Education Revolution of the past years
is to move away from profiting in education, i.e. 'Education is not for
sale' [1]. It might be a bit harsh and could discourage some people from
using the contents, but I still think it's a better option for this
project. Also I've noticed the OER Commons project also works with the NC

Regarding the database of questions, I'm considering using the OpenDatabase
license [2] as I understand it is more specific for databases, and it is
now being used in OSM and is an OKFN project. I'm not sure what the NC
equivalent is in that license yet...

The licensing is still something I'm reviewing so I'm open to hear opinions
and ideas regarding this.


[1]: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2011%E2%80%932012_Chilean_student_protests
[2]: http://opendatacommons.org/licenses/odbl/

On Thu, Nov 22, 2012 at 9:36 AM, Rufus Pollock <rufus.pollock at okfn.org>wrote:

> Hi Sebastien,
> Thank-you very much for sending through the proposal. My understanding
> is that you aren't so much building a quiz builder as an open
> *database* of questions (perhaps in some structured format?). Is that
> correct?
> Also, in terms of licensing I assume you would be *openly* licensing
> the material i.e. using an Open Definition conformant license. One
> reason for asking is the current site uses a non-commercial license
> which isn't, in fact, Open Definition conformant (note that not all CC
> licenses are open and CC licenses do not in fact form a commons - see
> [1] for more).
> Regards,
> Rufus
> [1]:
> http://blog.okfn.org/2012/10/04/making-a-real-commons-creative-commons-should-drop-the-non-commercial-and-no-derivatives-licenses/
> On 20 November 2012 04:26, Sebastian Beca <sebastian.beca at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> > Hello,
> >
> > I'd like to propose OpenTest as an OKFN project. The idea is to build a
> > collaborative assessment database where educators and learners can upload
> > and share their questions and tests. All contents will be under CC
> license,
> > OpenDatabase or equivalent.
> >
> > There is a lot of OpenEducation content on the web, not so much
> assessment.
> > I believe this is a need that could be helpful for many schools, and
> > educational institutions around the world.
> >
> > More info on the project here: www.opentest.cc
> >
> > I'd be more than happy to discuss the idea with you! =)
> >
> > regards,
> >
> > Sebastian
> >
> >
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