Answered By: Elyse Wolf
Last Updated: Feb 22, 2022     Views: 41

Open Access (OA) publications are typically research results in the form of journal articles, books, book chapters, and data sets that are freely available online. These publications are not necessarily licensed under Creative Commons, but OA means that the rights holder has waived their copyright and licensing requirements to some extent.

Open Educational Resources (OER) are textbooks and other educational materials that are built from works that are either in the public domain or are made available under a Creative Commons license. OER can include OA content as well.

Open Source initially referred to computer code that could be modified and shared. However, the OSI licensing requirements can be extended to other areas such as Open Source movies and other media. These types of resources can also be available under a Free Culture License.

Want to know more? Check out our research guide on Open Educational Resources.

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