Open Access Resources

The following are links to selected 'open access' education & training web sites, resources, publications, and more:     Videos
  • Bentham Open Access - Over 230 peer-reviewed open access journals covering all major disciplines of science, technology, and more.
  • Community College 'Open' Education Resources - Peer reviewed free and open textbooks for use in community college courses.
  • Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) - A directory of a wide range of freely available, online Open Access Journals covering the arts and sciences.
  • Encyclopedia of Life - Providing free and 'open access' to knowledge about life on Earth.
  • Europeana - Providing open access to digital resources of Europe's museums, libraries, archives and audio-visual collections.
  • Free Dictionary & Thesaurus - A comprehensive dictionary Thesaurus, Encyclopedia, Literature Reference Library, and Search Engine - all in one.
  • Google Books - Search and preview millions of books from libraries and publishers worldwide using Google Book.
  • Library of Congress - Recognized as the national library of the U.S. Its collections comprise the world's most comprehensive record of American history, human creativity, and knowledge.
  • OpenEd - One of the world largest online 'open education' catalogs of free video resources.
  • Open Education Europa - European Union (EU) portal to open education resources (OER).
  • OER Commons Textbooks - Information about open textbooks offered through Open Education Commons (OER).
  • Open Journal Systems - An journal management and publishing system developed as part of the Public Knowledge Project.
  • O'Reilly Open Books - Publishers of quite a few Open Books--books with various forms of "open" copyright--over the years.
  • Project Gutenburg - Offering over 33,000 free eBooks that can be downloaded.
  • Scientific Electronic Library Online (SciELO) - Providing open access to scientific journals, primarily from Latin America.
  • Versita / DeGruyter Open - One of the world’s leading Open Access platforms, hosting full texts of nearly 200 scholarly journals.
  • WikiMedia Commons - An online repository of freely licensed, sharable educational photos and images available on the internet.

'Open Access' Organizations

* Read blogs from The Chronicle of Higher Education about Open Access.

* Check out Wandora , a general purpose information extraction, aggregation, management, and publishing application based on Topic Maps and Java.

The 'Open Access' movement — which campaigns for free scholarly information via the Internet — has welcomed a website that aims to be the first port of call for checking the status of open access around the world. The Global Open Access Portal, launched last month by UNESCO, will provide policymakers with information on the global open access outlook.

** Take a few moments to watch this video on "Why Open Education Matters"

"By open access, we mean its immediate, free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search or link to the full text of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software or use them for any other lawful purpose…”   -  See The Budapest Open Access Initiative

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