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OER Policy Registry

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Welcome to the Open Educational Resources (OER) Policy Registry, a database of 118 current and proposed open education policies from around the world. Here, anyone can easily share, update, and browse open education policies and legislation. In addition, we host supporting policy resources such as case studies and guides.


We define OER policies as legislation, institutional policies, and/or funder mandates that lead to the creation, increased use, and/or support for improving OER. This registry is not a list of open projects, terms of use, or a registry of open access policies.

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We have begun to enter OER policies into the registry, but we need your help to make it a truly useful global resource. Sharing our collective knowledge of existing OER policies, in the same way we believe in sharing educational resources, will help advocates and policymakers further open policies worldwide. Note: This page will regularly refresh and display newly added open policies. If you wish to refresh the list immediately, please click here.

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The 118 OER policies currently in the registry:

ArgentinaNationalIntellectual PropertyCurrentGleducar policy2010/01/01
AustraliaNationalaustraliaCurrentAUSGoal - Australian Governments Open Access and Licensing Framework2011/01/01
AustraliaInstitution - TertiaryUniversity of Canberra Proposed Policy on Intellectual Property2011/07/31
BrazilProvince / StateBill
Draft law
ProposedProjeto de Lei REA do Estado de São Paulo2012/12/20
Draft law
ProposedProjeto de lei REA será analisado na Câmara2011/06/09
CanadaInstitution - Tertiaryopen textbooksCurrentBC Campus Open Textbook Project2012/10/01
CanadaProvince / Stateadvanced education
CurrentMemorandum of Understanding - Open Educational Resources2014/03/13
ChinaNationalCurrentChinese Quality Open Course Project (国家精品开放课程计划)2011/11/01
ChinaNationalinformizationCurrentDecade Plan on Development of Education Informatization from 2011 to 2020 (教育信息化十年发展规划 2011-2020)2012/03/01
ChinaNationalCurrentEstablishment of National Open University (国家开放大学)2012/07/01
ChinaNationalCurrentConstruction of Internet shared courses (精品资源共享课)2012/06/01
ColombiaInstitution - TertiaryAcceso
CurrentResolución 001 de 20112011/01/01
Institution - Primary
Institution - Secondary
free software
Institution - Primary
Institution - Secondary
CurrentRecursos educativos para enseñanza presencial2012/10/10
Institution - Primary
Institution - Secondary
Guía profesoresCurrentPublicación de una guía para la creación de recursos educativos abiertos2012/10/10
FranceInstitution - TertiaryCurrentParisTech Charter of Open Courseware and Licensing Practices2007/03/21
GhanaInstitution - TertiaryPolicy for development and use of Open Educational Resources (OER) - KNUST2011/05/11
HungaryNationalCurrentApertus Nonprofit Kft. – Szakmai koncepció
IndiaNationaleducationCurrentOpen Licensing Policy Guidelines
IndonesiaGlobalOpen educational resourcesCurrentGlobal List of OER Initiatives: Indonisia Open University - TERBUKA
IndonesiaNationalCurrentHigher Education Law
LithuaniaNationalCurrentProvisions of the National Education Strategy 2003-20122003/10/01
MauritiusNationaleducationCurrentEducation and Human Resources Strategy Plan 2008-20202009/10/01
MexicoInstitution - TertiaryUNAM
educacion abierta
educacion a distancia
Normativa Académica de la Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM) Sistema Universidad Abierta y Educación a Distancia2009
MexicoNationaleducacion abierta
educacion a distancia
normas de control escolar
Normas de Control Escolar, Aplicables a losServicios Educativos del Tipo Superior que Imparte la Subsecretaría de EducaciónSuperior, en la modalidad no escolarizada (abierta y a distancia)2010/01/01
NetherlandsNationalCurrentProgram Plan: Wikiwijs 2011 – 20132011/05/19
New ZealandInstitution - SecondaryCurrentAlbany Senior High School Creative Commons Policy2010/11/01
New ZealandNationaleducation
CurrentNZGOAL The New Zealand Government Open Access and Licensing Framework2010/07/05
New ZealandInstitution - SecondaryeducationCurrentCreative Commons Policy
New ZealandInstitution - TertiaryCurrentOtago Polytechnic Intellectual Property PolicyJune 2008
CurrentCyfrowa szkoła (Digital School)2012/04/03
open education
CurrentScottish Open Education Declaration2014/03/11
SloveniaNationalCurrentOpening up Slovenia2014/04/23
South AfricaNationalgovernmentCurrentDraft Policy Framework for the Provision of Distance Education in South African Universities (pdf)2014/06/27
South AfricaInstitution - PrimaryA Free Content and Free and Open Courseware implementation strategy for the University of the Western Cape (South Africa)2005
South AfricaInstitution - TertiaryCurrentOpen Educational Resource (OER) Strategy2014/05/15
USAInstitution - Tertiaryopen textbooksCurrentMaricopa Millions project2013/11/01
USANationalProposedSupplemental Priorities and Definitions for Discretionary Grant Programs2014/06/24
Applications for New Awards; First in the World Program-Development Grants2014/05/15
USASystemhigher-edProposedVirginia Community College System - Amendment to Higher Education Budget to Support OER2014/01/16
United KingdomNationalCurrentPolicies and Statements of the Open University
United KingdomNationalopen access
open source
CurrentJISC Terms and conditions of funding annex to JISC Grant and Contract Letters for Projects2011/12/16
United KingdomuniversityCurrentUniversity of Leeds Open Educational Resources guidance2012/12/19
United KingdomNationalCurrentIntroduction to the UK Government Licensing Framework2011/07/29
United KingdomInstitution - Tertiarymetadata
intellectual property
learning objects
CurrentOperational policies for Leeds Metropolitan University institutional repository
United KingdomInstitution - TertiarySummary of UK HEI OER Policies from SCORE workshop, 20122012/05/04
United StatesProvince / StateBill
Draft law
New Hampshire
H.B.418 relative to the use of open source software and open data formats by state agencies and relative to the adoption of a statewide information policy regarding open government data standards.2011/01/06
United StatesProvince / StateBill
Draft law
CurrentH.B. 1025 - Requiring disclosure of certain information relating to higher education course materials.2009/07/26
United StatesProvince / StateMinnesotaProposedMinnesota S.F. 824 - Establishing the Open Educational Resource Council2013/02/28
United StatesNationalBill
Draft law
ProposedH.R.4575 Open College Textbook Act of 20102010/02/01
United StatesProvince / StateBill
Draft law
H.B.1941 Patent and copyright policies; requires Secretaries of Administration and Technology to establish2009/04/08
United StatesNationalgovernment
open access
ProposedFair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR)2013/02/14
United StatesProvince / StateBill
Draft law
CurrentL.D.569 An Act To Support and Encourage the Use of Online Textbooks2011/06/06
United StatesProvince / StateBill
Draft Law
Washington State
ProposedS.B. 6460 Requiring a model policy for open licensing of courseware developed with state funds.2012/01/24
United StatesProvince / StateBill
Draft law
New York
A.09162 An act to establish the taxpayer access to publicly funded research act2012/01/31
United StatesSystemGuideAn Expectation of Sharing. Guidelines for Effective Policies to Respect, Protect and Increase the Use of Digital Educational Resources2010/03/01
United StatesProvince / Statehigher-ed
CurrentOpen Licensing for Chancellor's Office Grants2013/09/09
United StatesProvince / Stategovernment
open access
ProposedS.B.1900 Illinois Open Access to Research Articles Act2013/02/15
United StatesProvince / StateLaw
CurrentS.B.1052 California Open Education Resources Council2012/09/27
United StatesProvince / StateOER
open educational resources
Creative Commons Attribution
ProposedH.F. 7892013/02/21
United StatesNationalCurrentUS Department of Labor: Career Pathways Innovation Fund Grants Program
United StatesProvince / StateBill
Draft Law
CurrentH.B. 2337 Regarding open educational resources in K-12 education.2012/01/11
United StatesProvince / StateOER Council
Open Textbooks
ProposedVirginia Open Education Resources Council and the Virginia Digital Open Source Textbook Library2013/01/09
United StatesNationalGrant priority
U.S. Department of Education
CurrentSupplemental Priorities for Discretionary Grant Programs for U.S. Department of Education, 75 FR 784862010/12/15
United StatesNationalNational Training & Education ResourceCurrentTerms of Service - NTER Learning Portal2012/07/01
United StatesProvince / StateeducationProposedHB 19732015/02/11
United StatesProvince / StateBill
Draft law
H.B.6 Instructional Materials Allotment2011/09/01
United StatesNationalgovernment
CurrentApplications for New Awards; Strengthening Institutions Program (SIP), 78 FR 257172013/05/02
United StatesProvince / StateBill
Draft law
ProposedS.B.1053 California Digital Open Source Library2012/02/08
United StatesNationalTAACCCT
Dept. Labor
Dept. Education
CurrentDepartment of Labor Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grant program2010/03/30
United StatesNationalOSTP
Office of Science and Technology Policy
public access
CurrentOSTP Directive on Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Scientific Research2013/02/22
United StatesNationalCurrentUS Department of Labor: H-1B Ready to Work Partnership grant program
United StatesProvince / StateBill
Draft Law
ProposedH.B.2488 Relating to open-source textbooks and other instructional materials for public schools.2009/06/19
United StatesSystemCurrentSBCTC Open Policy Open Licensing on Competitive Grants2010-07-01
United StatesProvince / StateCurrentS.B. 1052 An act to amend Sections 67302 and 67302.5 of, and to add Section 66409 to, the Education Code, relating to public postsecondary education.2012/08/31
United StatesNationalCurrentSolicitation for Grant Applications2011/01/01
United StatesProvince / StateBill
Draft Law
Washington State
ProposedS.B. 6231 Relating to open educational resources in K-12 education2012/01/16
United StatesNationalAct
Labor and Pensions
House Education
H.R. 3221 Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 20092009/09/17
United StatesProvince / Stategovernment
ProposedHB 3247: Open College Textbook Act2013/02/26
United StatesProvince / StateBill
Draft law
ProposedH.B.5201 Postsecondary Education Funding2010/07/01
United StatesProvince / StateCurriculum
Rule R277-111 Sharing of Curriculum Materials by Public School Educators2009/11/13
United StatesNationalK-12ProposedH.R. 521 Transforming Education Through Technology Act2013/02/05
United StatesProvince / Stateopen textbooks
ProposedHB 1777 Virginia Open Education Resources Council; established2013/01/08
United StatesProvince / StatePublic postsecondary education: California Digital OpenCurrentS.B. 1053 Creates the California Open Source Digital Library2012/09/27
United StatesNationalTextbooks
Draft Law
ProposedS. 1714 Open College Textbook Act of 20092009/09/23
United StatesNationalbill
draft law
ProposedS.1087 Enhancing Education Through Technology Act of 20132013/06/04
United StatesProvince / StateBill
Draft law
CurrentH.B. 1946 - Regarding higher education online technology.2009/04/16
United StatesNationalDept. Education
CurrentComprehensive Centers Program: Final Priorities, Requirements, and Selection Criteria2012/06/06
United StatesProvince / StateBill
Draft law
A.B. 577 Open Education Resource Centers2007/02/21
United StatesProvince / StateOER
ProposedHB 3239: Open College Textbook Act2013/02/26
United StatesProvince / StateGeorgia
ProposedGeorgia Virtual Learning OER terms of use2001/12/08
United StatesProvince / StateBill
Draft law
H.R. 1464 Learning Opportunities With Creation of Open Source Textbooks (LOW COST)2009/03/12
United StatesProvince / StateBill
Draft law
H.B.1940 Open Education Resource Center Grant Fund2009/01/14
United StatesNationalProposedFinal Priorities, Requirements, Definitions, and Selection Criteria: Supporting Effective Educator Development2013/02/11
United StatesProvince / StateBill
CurrentH.B.4058A Directs Higher Education Coordinating Commission to convene work group to study strategies for and make recommendations on reducing higher education textbook costs.2012/01/01
United StatesProvince / StateBill
Draft Law
Washington State
ProposedH.B. 2336 Requiring a model policy for open licensing of courseware developed with state funds.2012/01/11
United States of AmericaProvince / Stateopen textbooksCurrentNorth Dakota HCR 30132013/01/08
United States of AmericaInstitution - Tertiaryopen textbooksCurrentThe Open Educationa Initative at UMass Amherst2011/03/01
United States of AmericaSystemopen textbooksCurrentAlternative Textbook Initiative2009/01/01
United States of AmericaInstitution - Tertiaryopen textbooksCurrentOpen Michigan
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