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[News] Education Barriers Pending Removal, Open Source Stifled

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California open source digital textbook plan faces barriers

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| The governor of California has launched a new initiative to compile open 
| source textbooks for the state. He hopes that the plan will help cut costs 
| and improve the quality of education. The effort seems very promising, but 
| the state's complex standards and arduous textbook evaluation process will 
| pose major challenges.    



CK-12 Foundation’s Neeru Khosla on Open Textbooks

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| We are very excited about the opportunity that the OER community has in this
| financially stressed out time.  To quote Paul Romer, “Crisis is a terrible
| thing to waste”; this is the time for us to bring OER into the main stream.
| We typically don’t talk about our future plans; as we believe in getting it
| done, rather than talk about it.Our Virginia FlexBook project is the first
| stepping-stone, and we are working with various governmental agencies both in
| Federal and different State levels to make our mission successful.



The push for open textbooks

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| On April 15, 2008, 1,000 professors from 300 schools released a statement
| declaring their collective dissatisfaction with the textbook publishing
| industry, and expressing a large amount of support for affordable
| alternatives such as open textbooks.  
| Open, or "open source," textbooks can mean different things to different
| people, but at its core, open textbooks commonly refer to free digital
| textbooks accessible to everyone, not just students. Students, or others, can
| then print them at home or view them online.  


Flat World Knowledge Gets $8 Million for Open-source Textbooks

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| Flat World Knowledge, a provider of commercial, open-source college
| textbooks, announced on Tuesday that it has closed an $8 million first round
| of funding.


Open-Source Textbook Firm Flat World Knowledge Gets $8 Million


John Conyers and Open Access

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| The "open access movement" was born to create an alternative to this. Even if
| restrictive copyright was a necessary evil in the days of dead-tree-based
| publishing, it was still an evil. High costs restrict access. The business
| model of the scientist is to spread his or her knowledge as widely as
| possible. Open access journals, such as, for example, those created by the
| Public Library of Science, have adopted a different publishing model, to
| guarantee that all all research is freely accessible online (under the freest
| Creative Commons license) immediately, to anyone around the world. This
| guarantee of access, however, is not purchased by any compromise in academic
| standards. There is still a peer-review process. There is still even a
| paper-based publication.


Speak now, Mr. Conyers, or withdraw this embarrassment of a bill

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| On the Huffington Post, Mike Eisen and I have asked Mr. Conyers to respond to
| the calls that he withdraw the embarrassing, anti-open access HR 801 (aka,
| the Fair Copyright in Research Works Act).

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