The internet not only facilitates worldwide access to information of all kind, academic volumes and cultural works. It has also developed into a participatory platform, where every user can function as a producer of content at the same time, too. UNESCO promotes the development of modern knowledge societies, where freedom of opinion and equal access to information as well as education for all and cultural diversity are realised. At the same time UNESCO advocates the safeguarding of intellectual property.
What is Open Content?
Open Content guidelines
The German Commission for UNESCO has published operational guidelines on open content licenses in German (second edition 2016) and English (2014). They provide information on the pros and cons of open content as well as on its legal background. As an example, the open content license model of Creative Commons (CC) is presented in detail.
The guidelines have been published electronically and as a print version.
The guidelines from 2014 have also been published electronically in Indonesian (2015).
Resolution of the 71st General Assembly
In its resolution "Using the Potentials of Social Media for UNESCO’s Goals", adopted at the 71st General Assembly in June 2011, the German Commission for UNESCO appeals to its partner institutions to promote the utilisation of open content and open source licenses in order to support the collaborative production and the distribution of knowledge. At the same time, the German Commission for UNESCO has committed itself to publish outcomes of its work under free licenses as far as possible.