Iowa State University is a proud member of the Open Education Network, an international organization of higher education institutions working together to advance the creation and use of open textbooks.
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This material is based on original writing by David Wiley, which was published freely under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license at http://opencontent.org/definition/
OER are openly-licensed, freely available educational resources that can be modified and redistributed by users.
|Material Type||Openly Licensed||Freely Available||Modifiable|
|Free Web-Based Resources Under Traditional Copyright||No||Yes||No|
|Subscription-Based Library Collections||No||Yes*||No|
|Open Access Articles & Monographs||Yes||Yes||No**|
*Library materials are free for students and faculty to access, but they are not free for the University.
**Some OA articles & monographs are able to be remixed, but authors often hold back these rights since their main concern is the free distribution of their scholarship, not its adaptation.
Open licenses like Creative Commons licenses are often used to communicate what a user can do with a resource, and what rights its author would like to retain. These licenses give others a variety of permissions, making their use or reuse of your resource a faster and more transparent process. For example, some creators may wish to share their work, but not to allow users to sell adaptations of their work.
The most common CC license is the Creative Commons Attribution license (CC BY). This license allows users to adapt and reuse content with limited restrictions. The only requirement for reusing a CC BY-licensed work is that any new work created must provide attribution to the original creator and a link to the original work.
For more information, visit our Creative Commons Library Guide.