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Tuesday, August 4, 2015 News

Coalition Calls on White House to Open Up Taxpayer-Funded Educational Materials

Open Education

Today, a broad coalition of more than 90 organizations (update: now 109) representing the education, library, technology, public interest and legal communities released a letter calling on President Obama to open up educational materials created with federal taxpayer funds. Building on the Administration’s strong leadership in advancing public access to publicly funded research and data, the coalition asks the President to commit to an Executive Branch-wide policy to ensure that federally funded educational and training resources are made available as Open Educational Resources (OER) that are free for the public to use, share, and improve. The letter is a response to the White House’s call for ideas to improve the U.S. Open Government National Action Plan, which is currently under development for release later this year.

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