World OER Congress to open at UNESCO HQ


In full partnership with the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) and through the generous support of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, UNESCO is organizing the 2012 World Open Educational Resources Congress, Wednesday 20 – Friday 22 June, 2012 in Paris.

The Congress aims to encourage more governments to adopt policies that include OER and will bring together Ministers of Education/Human Resource Development, senior policy makers, expert practitioners, researchers, students and many other relevant stakeholders

Event/Book launch: OER in Brazil


Educaçao aberta has announced the symposium "OER: Promoting the access and exchange of knowledge" and book launch: "OER: Collaborative practices and public policy". The event will provide an overview of OER initiatives in Brazil, and will present a wide panorama of OER-related issues including public policy, teacher professionals development, basic education, among others. It will happen in São Paulo (May 30-31) and streaming will be available (in portuguese).

Registration (for those attending personally) is available at:
Streaming link will be available shortly in the same website.

The Global Open Access Portal


On 1st November 2011, during UNESCO’s 36th General Conference in Paris, the Communication and Information Sector will launch the Global Open Access Portal (GOAP).
Funded by the Governments of Columbia, Denmark, Norway, and the State Department of the USA, the GOAP presents a snapshot of the current status of Open Access (OA) to scientific information around the world. GOAP has been designed to provide the necessary information for policy-makers to learn about the global OA environment and to view their country’s status, enabling an understanding ofwhere and why Open Access has been most successful.
The primary target audience includes policy-makers, advocates, and delegates from national, regional, and non-governmental organizations as well as members of the OA community. The Portal aims to be the first destination of information seekers on OA. It is also supplemented by a Community of Practice through the existing online platform “WSIS Knowledge Communities”.
For more information about GOAP, click here