Otago Polytechnic has a policy of open access intellectual property in conjunction with creative commons with attribution. I was very interested to find out more about this, especially as I am currently developing a paper that supports the development of open access midwifery education courses.
So I asked Deputy Chief Executive Dr Robin Day a couple of questions to explain more about why and how Otago Polytechnic supports open access.
What is Otago Polytechnic's Open Access policy?
Why did OP come up with this policy?
What are the benefits for OP?
The benefits are many - including reputation as a quality place of learning. We are much more open and collaborative and the networking of individuals is not constrained artificially. Individuals are less likely to feel that their creative works are going to be taken from them and indeed will, and are feeling supported in developments
What about the danger of other institutions using OPs material and running the courses themselves in competition with OP?
Well they might do that - however we will gain the reputation over time of being a quality provider especially since under CC they have to attribute the source to OP. Those institutions will do that anyway - they will just go somewhere else. It's better to work with them, I think.
I would love to hear what people think of this. What is your institution's policy about open access and intellectual policy? Do you know of any open access midwifery education?
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