Hi @zoe, I haven’t gone through it in depth yet, but it seems like it covers a lot of different areas, so I thought it might be of general interest especially given some of the things we’ve been talking about.
I’ll admit that given its origin my kneejerk reaction was “It’s a trap!”, but given how it’s licensed, it’s pretty tough to find a legitimate complaint.
@stevefoerster our preference for CC BY is as a group helping to create Open Textbooks … that is, we want the best license that will:
encourage & value people who contribute to creating Open Textbooks
provide the maximum freedom to various users of these textbooks, so that they can build upon them in a variety of ways
So, we have a strong opinion about the license of works we will help usher into the world.
But, for students/teachers … definitely find what you can & use that ! There is no negative impact on the overall ecosystem for people using works with non CC BY licenses … whereas for us, helping produce works, there would be.
I only know of one group that has created something like an open textbook (though they don’t call it that), in math. That was faculty-driven. We, too, have a small open ed working group (like what @ccuillier mentioned; ours is me (faculty), some people from the Teaching & Learning Centre, a librarian, and a student from the student government. We don’t have any kind of central support for this sort of work at the moment. It comes from faculty and then the teaching & learning centre provides tech help if asked. I am not sure what the math faculty’s motivations were, though I plan to get in touch with them soon about something else & I can ask!
I think that this something that the Open Textbook Network might be ideally suited to help facilitate? They’ve already got a good infrastructure in place for post-publication faculty review and a large network of trained faculty reviewers at several institutions … What do you think, @dernst?