#OpenAfrica is an open advocacy training course that provides both a physical and online course. It’s a Open BootCamp where the cohort is taken through a range of Open Access Movement projects to help immerse the participants in all the possibilities of Openness
As a response to the restrictive policies of the Apartheid government, the right to access to information was enshrined in the South African Bill of Rights. The Promotion of Access to Information Act of 2000 outlines the process through which citizens can request information held by public and private bodies. While important, the act is challenging and often creates an adversarial relationship between requestor and requestee. The Open Data movement, worldwide, and in South Africa seeks to change the relationship between government and society with regards to data.
We are thrilled, thrilled thrilled, Cape Town based animated explainer video company Blink Tower won the Creative Commons’ Why Open Education Matters video competition. The competition launched in March 2012 and was designed to make creative videos that explained simply why Open Educational Resources — or “OER” matter.
A first for the continent almost 50 CC volunteers from more then 15 countries across Africa all meet up together in Entebbe Uganda. The CC Uganda team held host to us in their breathtaking country while we discussed Creative Commons and Africa. With the generous support from the Macarthur Foundation this was the first opportunity for many of us to put faces to names and a true opportunity to share successes and lessons amongst each other.