Open Educational Resources (OER) allow instructors and students to access, use, revise/remix and share pedagogically appropriate learning materials freely. There are less restrictive copyright licences (e.g., Creative Commons licences) attached to OER than there are for traditionally published materials.
Offers a variety of materials for educational use, such as WikiBooks (a collection of free e-book resources), Wikispecies (an open database for taxonomy), Wikiversity (learning materials and research) and Wikimedia Commons (repository for images, photographs, maps, videos, music, etc.).
Non-profit organization providing open education resources. Designed to allow the collaborative development and free availability of material, it is governed by Creative Commons licences. Content is available from all over the world and users may modify the material for any purpose (but must also be willing to share information).
Creative Commons (CC)
A non-profit organization devoted to expanding the range of creative work available for others legally to build upon and share. Copyright owners provide users with varying degrees of access to their works. The organization has several copyright licences which, depending on the licence chosen, restrict only certain rights of the work. Their search page is http://search.creativecommons.org/.
Creative Commons Audio and Video Content Directories
Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
For Students: What Does OPEN Mean for Students?
Background information about Open Educational Resources, and some definitions of related terms. Created by the Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching and Learning.
Free Archive of Life Sciences Journals
Government of Canada publications (Crown Copyright)
Unless otherwise specified, copyright in works prepared by or under the direction or control of the government of Canada (Crown) is owned by the Crown. However, permission to reproduce most Government of Canada works for personal or public non-commercial purposes or for cost-recovery purposes, is no longer required, unless otherwise specified in the material you wish to reproduce. Permission must be obtained to revise, adapt or translate the work as well as if the work will be distributed for commercial purposes.
Library and Archives Canada Learning Centre
Eastern Kentucky University: Open Access Databases
An A-Z database for Open Access resources.
Springer Science & Business Media
Scientific and professional open access journals and books for Medical and Life Sciences as well as publishing options for authors/researchers. Three types of subscriptions are available to provide different levels of access to materials (the basic subscription is free).