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Workshop on Open Access, Open Data and Open Government policies to support OER

Aim

The aim of this workshop is to discuss various regulatory aspects that are critically affecting the adoption and use of OER and open learning. This includes in particularly generic policies and government approaches to open access, open data and open government. Without comprehensive and holistic approach to OER, there will always be obstacles for wider deployment and deeper penetration.

Rationale

OER and open learning are among the most progressive developments and movements in the digital transformation of public services. One of the major obstacle in the adoption of OER is the current state of policies and regulations related to open access, open data and open government. These three are important enablers and should be aligned with any of the national and international OER strategies. Several countries are implementing some of the elements of digital transformation but very few are tackling the problem holistically and strategically. Slovenian government has setup the vision to become a “Green Reference Country in Digital Europe” http://www.mju.gov.si/en/areas_of_work/green_reference_country_in_digital_europe/ and is implementing several strategical projects starting from Open Data and Open Governmental policies. To quote the Minister of Public Administration “"Gradually, consciously, and in an organized way, Slovenia is becoming a “Green reference country in digital Europe” because we are enhancing cooperation between the Government, business sector, science and civil society, with one clear goal: to improve business opportunities and increase the living standard of Slovenian citizens through the help and opportunities brought by digital transformation.

Goals

  • To discuss the state of the art in adopting policies and/or developments in Open Access, Open Data and Open Government policies
  • Present potential best and worst practices
  • Discussing strategies and best practices in implementing governmental approaches and policies to enable OER and Open Learning
  • To prepare a joint vision between invited ministry representatives
  • To propose valuable input to the 2nd OER World congress conclusions and guidelines

Organiser:

  • Ministry of Public Administration of Slovenia