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What is Open Content

Handbook of Research on Technology Project Management, Planning, and Operations
Open content usually refers to research or educational material that can be distributed and re-used freely. The types of content can range from previously published books and articles to educational software simulations and lesson plans. Key concerns for those who provide or use open content include ensuring that the material can be easily adapted, integrated, and reconfigured in new online settings.
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Mining User Activity Data In Higher Education Open Systems: Trends, Challenges, and Possibilities
Owen G. McGrath (University of California at Berkeley, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-400-2.ch032
Higher education IT project managers have always relied on user activity data as logged in one form or another. Summarized counts of users and performance trends serve as essential sources of information for those who need to analyze problems, monitor security, improve software, perform capacity planning, etc. With the reach of the Internet extending into all aspects of higher education research and teaching, however, new questions have arisen as to how, where, and when user activity gets captured and analyzed. Tracking and understanding remote users and their round-the-clock activities is a major technical and analytical challenge within today’s cyber-infrastructure. As open content publishing and open source development projects thrive in higher education there are some side effects on usage analysis. This chapter examines how data mining solutions – particularly Web usage mining methods– are being taken up in three open systems project management contexts: digital libraries, online museums, and course management systems. In describing the issues and challenges that motivate data mining applications in these three contexts, the chapter provides an overview of how data mining integrates within project management processes. The chapter also touches on ways in which data mining can be augmented by the complementary practice of data visualization.
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Plagiarism, Ghostwriting, Boilerplate, and Open Content
An initiative based on the concept of the IT industry’s Open Source Movement, this type of content refers to future or current freely available information on the Internet. Wikipedia and MIT’s Open Courseware are good examples of open content.
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New Opportunities in Libraries: Open Access, Open Content, and Collection
Open content is material, such as documents, images, and audio or video presentations that may be freely and legally reproduced, edited, excerpted, expanded, and republished.
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Cyberspace's Ethical and Social Challenges in Knowledge Society
As indicated in Wikipedia, this term “describes any kind of creative work (including articles, pictures, audio, and video) or engineering work (i.e., open machine design) that is published in a format that explicitly allows the copying and the modifying of the information by anyone […]” (Retrieved July 30, 2007, from:
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Measuring the Effectiveness of Wikipedia Articles: How Does Open Content Succeed?
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Examining Open Source Software Licenses through the Creative Commons Licensing Model
Open content describes the creative work which allows copying and modifying with no need to get extra permission from the licensors, such as works licensed under Creative Commons licenses.
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