[Open-education] open-education Digest, Vol 11, Issue 2

Ed Parkes Ed.Parkes at nesta.org.uk
Wed Jun 4 08:08:14 UTC 2014

Hi Marieke

Interested to see your email on the OGP post about open education data. Nesta and the Open Data Institute have been running and Education Open Data Challenge which is in its closing stages and we're due to announce the winner in the next couple of weeks. This Challenge has been run over a number of months with the aim of using open data to engage parents better in the children's education. The outcome of this process should be a new range of UK tools based on open education data.

More details on the challenge are available here: http://www.nesta.org.uk/project/open-data-challenge-series/Education-Open-Data-Challenge

You can read about our finalists here: http://www.nesta.org.uk/blog/get-know-finalists-education-open-data-challenge

When we come to announce the winner we'll make sure to flag to members of this list as well.



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Today's Topics:

   1. Re: mixing and matching licences (Mick - FM)
   2. Re: mixing and matching licences (Baden Appleyard)
   3. Re: Open Government Data: Helping Parents to find the Best
      School for their Kids (Simeon Oriko)


Message: 1
Date: Tue, 03 Jun 2014 17:44:28 +0100
From: Mick - FM <mick at flossmanuals.net>
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Subject: Re: [Open-education] mixing and matching licences
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On 03/06/14 17:13, ISABEL ALCARAZ GARCIA wrote:
> Hi Mick
> I follow the open-education list.
> I do not know any repository or tools which allow mix of licences.
> However, I want to share with you this game.
> http://opencontent.org/game/betagame.html
> You may have already known it but I think it is a great tool for
> learning which licences are compatible.
> I'm doing a research about LOs repositories and their adaptation to
> semantic web so I am checking many repositories if I find anyone which
> mix licences I'll let you know.
> Isabel Alcaraz

Hi there Isabel,

I'm posting to the list to share,.

I think that is a cool game and I like how it illustrates how the NC licence can make resources hard to remix.

I have spent many years trying to gently and less so pull groups away from the use of NC licences, as have Creative Commons I believe with their introduction of "This is a Free Culture licence" message here - https://creativecommons.org/choose/

But I worry that this approach leads us to not use NC content at all because of this problem.

I've reached the stage where I do want to be able to remix different licences just because there is still so much NC content out there. (the whole of http://ocw.mit.edu for example!)

So I'm proposing an attribution / licence hack. We have tools to make the resources more modular and tag/mark these sub-modules with the appropriate licences.

I'm wondering, has anyone else taken this kind of approach?

nice one

Mick Chesterman - mick at flossmanuals.net
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Message: 2
Date: Wed, 4 Jun 2014 09:41:43 +1000
From: Baden Appleyard <b.appleyard at ausgoal.gov.au>
To: Mick - FM <mick at flossmanuals.net>
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Hi Mick,

I am not sure if the following might be of assistance, but perhaps it will.

Since 2007 the AusGOAL Programme (and its predecessor, GILF - the Government Information Licensing Framework) has had a licence chooser tool that operates to prefer / bias toward the licensing of material under the least restrictive licence as possible.  Under the suite of AusGOAL recommended licences that would generally be the CC-BY licence.

It also operates to identify the least restrictive licence where a number of nested copyrights exist within material.  So for example, if something contained CC-BY and CC-BY-NC, then it would select the preferred licence as CC-BY-NC for the whole package, given the restrictions contained in the BY-NC portion of the package.

It also has functionality to produce a report, and it seeks to educate as a user progresses through the process.

It is a bit clunky (its quite a few years since I launched it), but we are in the process of developing a new one, along with a new website and a number of other tools, such as an Add-in for Microsoft Office that allows for the insertion of CC 4 licences / waivers into documents, including reference to same in the file metadata (docx etc). The chooser was originally intended for use by public servants, though we now consider that the new version should be widened to include other fields of endeavour, such as education, and research and innovation.  So it will be our intention to ask questions through the licensing process that are relevant
to these folks too.   I think we will also be asking some 'breakout'
questions if it appears that there might be something that could be done outside of the tool that might improve the result.. ie .. re-negotiation with a content provider who's material has been incorporated

The AusGOAL licence chooser differs from the CC chooser because our primary intention was to educate public/civil servants about the importance of open and the need to choose licences with the least restrictions.  It biases toward CC-BY deliberately.  In contrast, the CC chooser serves up the licence on the basis that the user already knows what licence terms they want.

Its available here:  http://www.ausgoal.gov.au/licence-chooser

If I can be of any further assistance, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Kind regards

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On Wed, Jun 4, 2014 at 12:44 AM, Mick - FM <mick at flossmanuals.net> wrote:

> Hi there,
> This seems to be a fairly good summary of the issues involved in
> mixing and matching OERs with different licences.
> http://www.web2rights.com/OERIPRSupport/creativecommons/
> Does anyone have any examples of tools or repositories which allow the
> reconbination of resources with incompatible licences through sub
> licensing, i.e. two ore more layers of copyright?
> Specifically with an aim to create a topic-themed resource site which
> could remix NC and non-NC licenced work.
> thanks
> Mick
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Message: 3
Date: Wed, 4 Jun 2014 00:50:19 +0300
From: Simeon Oriko <simeon at jamlab.co.ke>
To: open-education at lists.okfn.org, Marieke Guy <marieke.guy at okfn.org>
Subject: Re: [Open-education] Open Government Data: Helping Parents to
        find the Best School for their Kids
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Hi Marieke,

The?Open Institute?based in Nairobi worked on?KCPE Trends?which aggregates and visualizes education performance data for the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) from 2006 to 2011.

There?s a report out that aggregates some thoughts by stakeholders on this and other education issues in Kenya. I?ve attached it to this email.

Hope this is useful.

Kind Regards,

Simeon Oriko

Simeon Oriko | Co-Founder

Web:?www.jamlab.co.ke?| Twitter:?@JamlabHQ


Cell:?+254 724 892 941 | Skype: simeonoriko

On June 3, 2014 at 18:02:41, Marieke Guy (marieke.guy at okfn.org) wrote:

There is a great post on the Open Government Partnership blog about using open government data to help parents find the best school.

The post, by Radu Cucos from Moldova, lists several apps from different countries that have been built on government data related to education and education institutions. I'll be adding these to the Open Education Handbook.

He concludes by saying:

"Open data on schools has great value not only for parents but also for the educational system in general. Each country has its own school market, if education is considered as a product in this market. Perfect information about products is one of the main characteristics of competitive markets. From this perspective, giving parents the opportunity to have access to information about schools characteristics will contribute to the increase in the competitiveness of the schools market. Educational institutions will have incentives to improve their performance in order to attract more students.

While adopting the Open Data Initiative policy in the education field has advantages for everybody ? parents, schools and state authorities, it falls to governments to take the leading role in promoting Open Data. First of all, governments have to make sure that data on schools is being publicly released and regularly updated. Second, state institutions have to incentivize developers to create innovative apps. Third, governments have to increase demand for educational apps by raising awareness, lowering the costs for Open Data apps accessibility and decreasing the costs of accessing additional sources and information about schools."

I'd be interested in hearing more about this from a country perspective. Anyone got any interesting use cases to share?

We plan to have a community session on 'What has open data got to do with education' during June - details to follow.


Marieke Guy
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