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|Announcing an OER birthday list||0||16:28, 29 July 2009|
|What qualifies for the timeline?||0||13:18, 29 July 2009|
|Dates for milestones||2||13:06, 29 July 2009|
OER is an ecosystem. Not everything in it is a milestone, but everything has a birthday (and eventually an obituary). So, I've started another page to list the start of everything OER: anything in the OER movement/ecosystem that has come to life so far. This birthday list celebrates it birth, when it first arrived in physical space; not the date of conception, but the date when it first entered the world.
As the list grows, it begs the question of what to include. I believe that quantity is useful as there are people and systems that can make sense out of it in various ways - I suggest an open philosphy of "the more the better" with the following criteria in mind:
a. a milestone is significant to the OER movement such as the first of something, or the birth of something that has become meaningful. Significance is subjective, and I believe that all milestones should be included as long as significance is (a) noted in the entry, and (b) referenced with a paper, article, or series of blog posts, describing its significance to the movement.
b. a milestone has to use a free and open license (not just freely available)
I think that's about all we need for criteria? Suggestions?
As a rule of thumb, I suggest we use the dates that things became real, not the day the idea was agreed to or the press release announced an intention. I've tried to find dates of deliverables, such as the first month something was offered, or became policy, or launched on the web with a working site.
There are exceptions, such as the Obama announcement (which was followed by a Bill that is still not real).
Other ideas or suggestions for how to decide on dates?
Yip, I agree.
In the date column we should use the date when the projects became real -- not the intention. We can always include a clarifying note or reference in the details section refering to earlier dates of key milestones.
For example, that date that Otago Polytechnic took a Council decision to establish the OERF in the details / clarification section, where the date that the OERF become real, i.e. the date on the certificate of registration.