The U.S. Department of Education’s #GoOpen Campaign encourages states, school districts and educators to use openly licensed educational materials to transform teaching and learning.
Open data is the idea that data should be freely available to the public—both technically and legally—to use and redistribute without limitation. When high-value data sets are publicly available practitioners, researchers, and the public can use the data to inform their work in classroom and communities across America.
Open data follows the following principles:
- Public – available to all in accordance with the law and the Office of Management and Budget’s Open Government Directive.
- Accessible – available to the widest range of users in a machine-readable format that is non-exclusive and usable without restriction.
- Remixable – available under an open license that allows others to use, share, and add to data without restriction.
The GoOpen campaign goes beyond traditional data, actively urging participants to share learning resources and curriculum. As more and more states are approving the use of digital tools and texts, educators need to be able to easily locate and use those resources with their students, and the Learning Registry provides the network infrastructure to handle those exchanges.
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#GoOpen Using The Learning Registry
There are a variety of tools and methods to find, collect, and publish resources to and from the Learning Registry, depending on the size and technical capabilities of your organization. Navigation North‘s President, Joe Hobson, has provided documentation on publishing using the EZ Publish Tool, one of the easiest ways to quickly get your resources out there. For large-scale implementations, there are a variety of open source libraries and custom scripts that can be tailored to your specific needs.
Anyone can link up with other contributors and get the latest news and updates by subscribing to the Collaborator Mailing List. Simply send an email to email@example.com to register.
You can also attend one of the regularly scheduled community phone conferences regarding development, publishing and using the Learning Registry. More information about these meetings is available through the Learning Registry Developers Google Group.[irp posts=”6848″ name=”6 Reasons Teachers Love The Smithsonian Learning Lab”]