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US National Institutes of Health (NIH) action for open access

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The National Institutes of Health  in Bethesda, Maryland, says that it has delayed some continuing grant awards since July 2013 because of non-compliance with open-access policies, although the agency does not know the exact numbers.  The NIH and the Wellcome Trust are the only funders in the world to withhold grants for open-access violations so far.

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Wellcome Trust witholds grant payments for failure to publish openly

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London-based Wellcome Trust says that it has withheld grant payments on 63 occasions in the past year because papers resulting from the funding were not open access.

The stricter enforcement by the Wellcome Trust began in June 2012, when its then-head Mark Walport (now the UK government’s chief science adviser) said that it was “simply unacceptable” that almost half of publications resulting from the trust’s funding remained behind paywalls. The trust had mandated since 2006 that the results of work it funded should be made public, yet it had never enforced the policy.

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Fundacja Orange

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The purpose of the Fundacja Orange (Orange Academy) grant program is to promote the modern education of children and youth by supporting innovative educational projects that in an innovative and attractive way to encourage the acquisition of knowledge and participation in culture.

The two editions of the Fundacja Orange completed 80 projects, which are innovative and attractive way to encourage young people to work and learn. Children and young people create music based on digital techniques, preparing educational games, interactive maps of regions, video documentation, carry out artistic experiments with other cultures. All materials produced under the project of the Academy Orange is licensed under a Creative Commons 3.0 platform.

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JISC/HEA OER Programme

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The UK Government funded a massive OER programme between 2009 and 2012, run by JISC – Joint Information Systems Committee and HEA – Higher Education Academy, in three phases:

  • UKOER1 was funded between April 2009 and April 2010, and supported pilot projects and activities around the open release of learning resources. A total number of 29 projects were funded through phase 1 programme in three strands: Institutional, Individual and Subject.
  • UKOER2 was running between August 2010 and August 2011. Phase 2 programme built on and expanded the work of the Phase 1, and commenced research and technical work examining the discovery and use of OER by academics. A total number of 36 projects were funded through phase 2 programme in three areas: the release, use, and discovery of OER.
  • UKOER3: Building on two previous phases, phase 3 programme is released between October 2011 and October 2012 to support the continued application of OER and related activity and processes across the HE and FE sector and related areas. A total number of 13 projects were funded through phase 3 programme, investigating the use of OER approaches to work towards particular strategic, policy and societal goals.

15 small projects were funded through the JISC/HEA OER Programme, Rapid Innovation Strand to provide technical solutions. An overview of the 15 projects is provided in the JISC website under Rapid Innovation.

A full list of OER funded through the programme may be found at the POERUP wiki.

 

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Wikiwijs Repository

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The learning materials that are uploaded into the Wikiwijs repository are published under a CC BY or a CC BY-SA license, to be chosen by the uploader. For learning materials that are retrievable from Wikiwijs but that resides in repositories or websites outside of the Wikiwijs platform there is no prescription about the license under which it should be published. In fact, part of those materials are even closed materials or describe non-digital learning materials (in most cases folios from commercial publishers). The default search settings for Wikiwijs are to search for open digital learning materials. A user can manually override these settings

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Flemish Ministry of Education and Training investment in OER

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The Flemish Ministry of Education and Training has funded the development of online learning materials for distance adult learning. These learning materials comprise over 3,500 reusable electronic teaching packages for learning languages (French, English, German, Italian, Spanish, and Dutch as a second language) each lasting roughly 30 minutes. Each learning object is described according to a standardised set of metadata (such as level of language proficiency, competence taught, etc.) and made available via an online platform so teachers may use the lessons or even entire courses in their own educational environment. The learning materials are well suited for self-study or may be deployed for remedial or complementary purposes in other learning contexts

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Dutch investment in OER

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The government of The Netherlands has committed €1 million a year to stimulate the development of open education resources in higher education institutions.

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National University of Colombia Resolución 001 de 2011

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This resolution establishes procedures for archiving masters and doctoral theses of the National University of Colombia and working toward the establishment of a national repository.

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OSTP Directive on Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Scientific Research

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OSTP Director John Holdren has directed Federal agencies with more than $100M in R&D expenditures to develop plans to make the published results of federally funded research freely available to the public within one year of publication and requiring researchers to better account for and manage the digital data resulting from federally funded scientific research.

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CeDeC

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El Centro Nacional de Desarrollo Curricular en Sistemas no Propietarios (CeDeC) is a department of the Ministry of Education of Spain dedicated to the production of Open Educational Resources.

In addition to publishing materials to support secondary education, CeDeC has launched a guide to creating content by teachers and several values ​​education materials. Cedec also promotes the use of Creative Commons licenses among teachers.

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