ESC OER Taskforce/open content

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Content is considered open if it is utilizing a license that goes beyond standard copyright, allowing for others to use the content in a less restrictive way. David Wiley defines Open Content as "content that is licensed in a manner that provides users with the right to make more kinds of uses than those normally permitted under the law - at no cost to the user." (from He further explains the "4 R's Framework" that open content is concerned with:

  • Reuse - the right to reuse the content in its unaltered / verbatim form (e.g., make a backup copy of the content)
  • Revise - the right to adapt, adjust, modify, or alter the content itself (e.g., translate the content into another language)
  • Remix - the right to combine the original or revised content with other content to create something new (e.g., incorporate the content into a mashup)
  • Redistribute - the right to share copies of the original content, your revisions, or your remixes with others (e.g., give a copy of the content to a friend)

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