Open University Report Cards
A note on naming: although originally termed the "Open University Campaign", due to confusion and potential trademark troubles, the project is now going by the "Open Education Campaign." The primary purpose remains the same.
- Does your university have an open access policy or mandate for making freely available online the final draft of faculty publications?
- Is the policy university-wide, or limited to certain departments or schools?
- Does the policy cover student theses and dissertations, as well?
- Does the policy include a permissible embargo period?
- If so, how long is this period?
- Does the open access policy contain enforcement mechanisms? If so, briefly explain.
- Does the university track the compliance rate with the open access policy? If so, what is it?
- Is there an option for faculty opt-out?
- Is there an exception for publishers who do not allow open access?
- If no policy exists, is one currently being created?
- Does the university encourage faculty to publish in open access journals? If so, how?
- Does the university encourage publications to be licensed under free licenses (such as Creative Commons)?
- Does the university have a mechanism for paying reasonable publication fees arising from open access journal publications?
- Does this mechanism apply to students, as well?
- Does the university maintain an institutional repository?
- Does it support formats other than PDFs, such as datasets?
- Are scholarly works besides peer-reviewed journal articles, such as book chapters, accepted?
- Is the repository open to student scholarship?
- Does any section of the university, such as the library, publish peer-reviewed journals?
- What percentage of these are open access publications?
- Has the university affirmed the following commitments?
- The Budapest Open Access Initiative
- The Compact for Open Access Publishing Equality
- Is the university an active supporter and/or member of open access supporting groups such as SPARC or the Alliance for Taxpayer Access?
- Does the university have an office, committee or other organization for scholarly communications?
- Does this group, or another, provide support and education to students and faculty about open access principles and the publication process?
- Has the university taken public positions in opposition to the Conyers bill or in support of FRPAA?
- If there is a university press, does it provide open access to its publications?
- If there is a university press, does it permit open access archiving of final drafts by authors of journal articles and/or book manuscripts?
- Does the university have a program for publishing the course material from classes in an open method online?
- What type of material is included in this program (e.g., texts, videos, other resources)?
- How many courses are published in this program annually?
- What types of incentives are offered for faculty involvement?
- Under what licensing scheme is this material offered?
- Does the university have a method for encouraging the sharing of student-created educational resources?
- Is the university a member of the OCW Consortium?
- Is the university an active member of the OER community? If so, how?
- Does the university include metadata in the OER publications (e.g., ccREL or the DiscoverED recommendations)?
- Does the university utilize a free and open source software content management system for the OER program?
- Does the university publish open educational resources in open standards (e.g., Open Document Format)?
- Has the university affirmed publications such as the Cape Town Open Educational Declaration?
- What measures does the university take to promote widespread global accessibility (e.g. local caches or translation programs)?
- Does the university actively reuse and/or remix OER from other institutions?
- Does the university create and/or disseminate other forms of open educational resources besides course materials?
- Does the university use or create openly licensed textbooks?
- Does the computer science program have open source teaching programs?
- Does the university have a specific policy addressing/promoting FOSS?
- Are there university computing facilities with Linux? What percent?
- On proprietary systems, is Firefox, or another free browser, the default?
- On proprietary systems, is OpenOffice, or another free office software, the default?
- Is Apache, or another free server, the default web server for the university?
- Does the university make documents available in open standards (such Open Document Format or RTF)?
- Does the university use a free learning management system?
- Does the university provide technical support for FOSS?
- Does the university require students to use proprietary software (such as MATLAB or SPSS) for which FOSS alternatives are available (such as Octave and R)?
- Are students able to submit work in open file formats?
The university openly licenses patents in its name for research and educational purposes, for essential medicines, and for free and open source software. (1 pt)
The university is transparent about the profits they make from licensing their patents. (1 pt)
Students of the university, unless compensated otherwise, retain all rights to their works. (1 pt)
Is there any addenda used for copyright transfer agreements?
Does the University IP policy discourage software patents?
Does the University IP policy allow exclusive licenses when patenting?
What type of incentives is there to either patent or not patent in various fields?
Does the University IP policy provide for the grant of royalty-free patent licenses for free software?
Does the University IP policy provide for the grant of royalty-free patent licenses for essential medicines?
Is there any statement in the patent regulation of the university making reference to the the grant of royalty-free patent license for the public good, social welfare or similar goals?
Is there any reference to the ready licensing of patents when they block subsequent innovations?
Access to the internet from the university network is neutral, unrestricted and unmonitored. (1 pt)
The university has a stated policy which respects the privacy and other digital rights of students. (1 pt)
The university provides internet access to student housing at rates competitive with other internet service providers. (1 pt)
The university provides students with bandwidth, webspace and the ability to provide public network services. (1 pt)
The university provides some form of internet access to the public, through wireless networks or through public terminals. (1 pt)
Are there applications which are freely usable on the Internet, but forbidden (and/or technically blocked) within University network? Which applications are forbidden (and/or technically blocked)? Please give examples: / Mail clients (POP/IMAP)? VOIP-based applications (Skype, Ekiga, etc.)? Are there any free Internet applications which are controlled/restrained on the University network? Are student traffic data (or data of other non-employees) logged or otherwise stored/recorded? If yes, what kind of log files are kept? How long are these logs kept?
- Does the university discriminate with regard to speed amongst traffic on its network?
- In what manner does the university monitor network usage?
- Does the university partake in bandwidth shaping?
- Are network users restricted to a quota of usage?
- Does the university block any legal applications or devices from its network? Which?
- Is data logged about network usage? How long are these kept? What is the anonymization process?
- In providing information to the university community about copyright laws, does the university explain fair use and other limitations?
- Are students involved in the design of network policy?
- What is the university policy with regard to DMCA take-down notices?
- What technical measures does the university undertake to counter copyright infringement through its network?
- How does the university comply with the P2P provisions of the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008?
List of Schools
USNWR Top 10
- Harvard (SFC chapter)
- Yale (SFC chapter)
- MIT (SFC chapter)
- California Institute of Technology
- University of Pennsylvania
- University of Michigan
- Georgetown (SFC chapter)
- NYU (SFC chapter)
- Berkeley (SFC chapter)
- Georgia Institute of Technology (SFC chapter)
Sources of Data
Lets split these up and put them in their respective categories (so we don't have redundancies)
basic, overarching stuff can stay
- Administration surveys: http://wiki.freeculture.org/Open_University_Report_Cards_Survey
- News sources
- IP policy (see ccLearn databases)
- ccLearn databases: http://opened.creativecommons.org/UCOP and http://opened.creativecommons.org/ODEPO
- ccLearn can work with SFC members to modify the database form and structure to be more useful to the open university project as needed.
- OCW Consortium
- SFC Chapters
- UAEM re patents
- Friendly faculty
- Signatories to major declaration (Bethesda, Durham, Cape Town, etc.)
- Lists of OA journals (such as: http://sciencecommons.org/projects/publishing/oalaw/oalawjournals/)
- FOSS software for Universities, such as http://www.kuali.org/about/
- Schools using Flat World Knowledge's open source textbooks: http://www.flatworldknowledge.com/classes
- Web performance: http://www.webometrics.info/index.html
- Call to action on OpenEd: http://www.nmc.org/news/nmc/7332
- Harnessing Openness to Improve Research, Teaching and Learning in Higher Education: http://bit.ly/5dUxBN [PDF]
- Aspen Institute's ranking of MBA programs based on social responsibility (look at methodology): http://www.beyondgreypinstripes.org/index.cfm
- Other metric people: http://www.elearnspace.org/blog/2009/12/30/measurement-of-open-education-systems/ and http://www.veletsianos.com/2009/12/31/measuring-and-forging-a-path-to-openness/