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Pedagogy & Design

Free or open? Investigating intellectual property rights and openness for OER repositories in Latin America

Tel Amiel and Tiago Soares

UNICAMP, University of São Paulo

The Open Education movement still lacks a large perspective on OER initiatives in many regions of the world. In this project we devised a methodology for data collection to help address this concern. First, we investigated and geo-referenced extensive data on K-12 OER repositories in Latin America. We then thoroughly analyzed each of the 60 repositories to identify the mechanisms by which these sites communicated their terms of use to the end user. We randomly accessed five resources from each repository (total of 282) to investigate the alignment of the terms of use between resources, metadata pages and overall site policies. In parallel we noted technical aspects such as software systems used and usability concerns. We report on our findings and aim to provide useful suggestions and exchange in best practices that are appropriate to the Latin American context and beyond.

 

Note: Full paper is taken down due to publication in a journal.

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Free or open? Investigating intellectual property rights and openness for OER repositories in Latin America from Open Education Consortium