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What is the 2012 World Open Educational Resources Congress and what are its aims?

The 2012 World Open Educational Resources (OER) Congress will bring together global governments, OER experts, NGOs, and educators to discuss and share the world’s best examples of OER policies and initiatives.

By leveraging the resources and knowledge of the international OER community, the Congress will catalyze improvements in education across the globe. By forging new partnerships between major research universities, identifying new tools that will benefit learners in rural communities, and implementing OERs into national education policy, we expect the annual Congress to have a significant impact far beyond Paris.

The 2012 Congress will also celebrate the 10th anniversary of the UNESCO Forum on Open Courseware that created the term “open educational resources”, and to mark the progress we’ve made over the past decade.

Finally, the 2012 Congress will also establish the Paris OER Declaration, which calls on governments to openly license educational materials produced with public funds.

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