Meet Open Policy Network

openpolicynetwork.org

openpolicynetwork.org

In May 2014, the Open Policy Network launched. OPN works to increase access to educational content and more!

Timothy Vollmer of Creative Commons explains OPN below. Original post from Open Policy Network.

We’re excited to announce the launch of the Open Policy Network. The Open Policy Network, or OPN for short, is a coalition of organizations and individuals working to support the creation, adoption, and implementation of policies that require that publicly funded resources are openly licensed resources.

Increasingly, governments around the world are sharing huge amounts of publicly funded research, data, and educational materials. The key question is, do the policies governing the procurement and distribution of publicly funded materials ensure the maximum benefits to the citizens those policies are meant to serve? When open licenses are required for publicly funded resources, there is the potential to massively increase access to and re-use of a wide range of materials, from educational content like digital textbooks–to the results of scholarly research–to troves of valuable public sector data.

There is a pressing need for education, advocacy, and action to see a positive shift in supporting open licensing for publicly-funded materials. The Open Policy Network will share information amongst its members, recruit new advocates, and engage with policymakers worldwide. The OPNmembers are diverse in content area expertise and geographic location.

The Open Policy Network is free to join and anyone is welcome!. More information on the Open Policy Network is available at the website, Google Group, Twitter, and Facebook.

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