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Virginia Announces Physics 'Flexbook' Solicitation

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| –Request for Collaboration calls for assistance in development of open source
| physics "Flexbook"–
| RICHMOND — Secretary of Technology Aneesh Chopra and Secretary of Education
| Tom Morris today announced the release of a Request for Collaboration (RFC)
| to career and technical centers, school divisions, and institutions of higher
| education calling for assistance in the development and publication of an
| open source physics "Flexbook" for Virginia.



Committee sets goals for open-source info

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| The National Open Source Committee, whose members include representatives of
| the government’s intelligence agencies, announced four goals today for using
| publicly available data, which officials call open source. They made the
| announcement at the Open Source Conference 2008 in Washington.
| The goals are universal domain access to allow for the greatest possible
| availability of the data, an integrated mission for its use across
| government, an increase in expertise in using open-source data and a
| governance model that ensures that its use aligns with the priorities of the
| Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
| Open-source data is information that is publicly available and legally
| obtainable, including pamphlets, Web sites, videos, white papers, news
| articles and academic reports. It has become an increasing focus of ODNI.


Open Source: The Textbooks of the Future

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| In America, where I live, and across much of the northern hemisphere, kids
| are heading back to school. I’m no longer in school, but everyone in my
| family save for me works in one. One of the biggest issues facing schools
| today is how to keep textbooks up to date in a cost effective manner, and
| make them more manageable and affordable for students. K-12 science
| textbooks, for example, published before August 24, 2006 likely talk about
| the 9 planets in our solar system. Except two years ago, the science world
| decided that there were just 8 planets.


Open Source Textbooks Challenge a Paradigm

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| A small, digital book startup thinks it has a solution to the age-old student
| lament: overpriced textbooks that have little value when the course is over.
| The answer? Make them open source -- and give them away.
| Flat World Knowledge is the brainchild of two former textbook industry
| executives who learned from the inside about the wacky economy of textbooks.


The World Wide Textbook

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| A new project aims to develop low-cost, open-source textbooks for use
| in the developing world
| [...]
| Each of the proposed open-source books has an editor-in-chief
| responsible for putting together a chapter outline and rough
| description, and ensuring that the text comes together in a
| cohesive manner.


Open Shakespeare aims to free the Bard

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| The project was formed under the aegis of the Open Knowledge
| Foundation, whose stated mission is the promotion and development
| of "open knowledge."
| "We have had quite a bit of contact with the Free Software Foundation
| and Creative Commons in one way or another," says project leader
| Rufus Pollock, who is a member of the Creative Commons UK team,
| "but we aren't working with either of them on anything specific
| at present."

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