Open content


December 1, 2021

Open content, often synonymous with free content, means that information content can be reworked, reused and usually also distributed freely. The concept is an analogy with the slightly older concept of open source. It should not be confused with free access (open access).

Licenses and examples

Open source licenses may, unlike open source licenses, prohibit the commercial distribution or distribution of modified versions. Examples of licenses that can be used are GNU Free Documentation License (GFDL) and Creative Commons licenses such as CC-BY (recognition), CC-BY-SA (recognition, share equally), CC-BY-NC-SA (recognition, non -commercial, share equally) or CC-BY-NC (recognition, non-commercial). Of these, all but the latter two ("-NC") also meet the criteria for being free, GFDL if the right to existing additional sections (sections that may not be modified) is not exercised. The largest project with open (and free) content is Wikipedia. However, the term open content is used more about scientific material and teaching material, where the main thing is that the material can be disseminated and used, and the freedom to rework and use the material in other contexts is secondary. The related term open access is often used for scientific articles - the publisher reserves most of the rights, but allows the author to publish his own publications on the web - and course materials for e-learning. The related concept of free content gives freedom to change and further develop the work, and allow parts of the work to be reused in other works, which open content licenses do not always allow.

Definition according to

The website believes that "open content" is a gray scale: the more rights the copyright holder gives the public, the freer the content. The freedoms that is interested in are the right to reuse and make copies of the content (eg make backup copies) change and customize the content (eg translate it) incorporate the material into another work disseminate the material, in original or in as amended above.According to this definition, one can not say whether something is "open content", just discuss how open the content is.

See also

Free software Free availability Open source code


This article is based in whole or in part on material from the English-language Wikipedia, Open content, September 11, 2013.

External links

OLCOS - Open eLearning Content Observatory Services Open Educational Content - Introduction and Tutorials

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