Most of the links listed on this page offer resources with a less restrictive copyright licence under open access or creative commons rules.
What are Open Access Resources?
Open access resources are publications that have "free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles, [allow search engines to] crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other then those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself". (Budapest Open Access Initiative)
More about the Open Access Initiative on CQUniversity LibGuide Open Access Initiative 2006
What is Creative Commons?
Creative Commons is an international non-profit organisation that provides free licences and tools that copyright owners can use to allow others to share, reuse and remix their material, legally. See Creative Commons Australia for more information.
Although these databases may allow some use of their work to be used for teaching purposes or for research they havespecificterms and conditions that must be followed.
If you publish your work you would need to seek further permission from the copyright owners.
For assistance about any of the terms and conditions of these resources please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
This page is not an exhaustive list and is subject to alteration as sites change and develop. No guarantees are made about the quality of resources to be found on these external sites. If you know of a useful open-content site please let Copyright Services know so that it may be added to the list.
CQUniversity Library - LibGuides Open Access Open access providers, eprints and institutional repositories, publishing.
Creative Commons (USA)
Public domain dayList of work entering the public domain every first of January
Open Sources softwares http://os.cqu.edu.au/oswinsdvd/doc/sites.html
The Australian Service for Knowledge of Open Source Software (ASK-OSS) provides a national focal point for advice, management, governance, storage and dissemination of Open Source Software (OSS) for research and higher education http://www.ask-oss.mq.edu.au/
Free educational software that is used in some schools. It is for kids from 2 to 10 years old. http://gcompris.net/-en-
SOL*R – some B.C.-based projects and resources funded by BCcampus.
Orange Grove Text – Florida's operational repository project of open source educational materials.
The Assayer – largest catalog of open source textbooks and place to find free books about math, science, and computers.
College Open Textbooks – lists open textbooks by subject, many of which have been peer reviewed.
Connexions – Content Commons of free, open-licensed educational materials in fields such as music, electrical engineering and psychology.
Wikibooks – Wikimedia community for creating and sharing educational textbooks.
Merlot- free and open resource designed primarily for higher education.
OER Commons – worldwide learning network of shared teaching and learning materials.
CCCOER – Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources
FLOSS Manuals – free manuals for free software
Free Book Centre – a collection of free books on the web
Global Text – open content electronic textbooks
The Saylor Foundation – a free and open collection of college-level courses.
CK-12 Flexbooks – K-12 open textbooks and resources
Jorum – Open Educational Repository in Support of Computer Science
Flatworldknowledge (US Open access college textbook publisher)
Open Educational Resources (US repository of open access material including textbooks and articles on open access in education)
Smarthistory (Free and open art history textbook)
Community College Open Textbook Collaborative (US community college open textbook site)
K12 Flexbook (US repository of open access textbooks)
Curriki (US repository of open access educational materials, including textbooks)
Open book project (US based IT open access resources)
OpenCoursewareSearch (Search engine for open course content. No longer current but contains list of 10 Universities open content)
The OpenCourseWare Consortiumis a collaboration of higher education institutions and associated organizations from around the world creating a broad and deep body of open educational content using a shared model.
Open Learning Initiative (Carnegie Mellon)
Open Courseware Consortium (Course materials from universities and institutes, mostly US)
Connexions (educational or instructional content by Rice University US)
p2pu (open education project, learner driven content)
iUniv (audiovisual open courseware content)
TVET Australia (aka 'AEShareNet' : educational or instructional content)
WikiEducator: Exemplary Collection of Open eLearning Content Repositories (collection of links to various open content or flexible content repositories: subject to change as per usual wikipedida practices)
Teaching and educational resources - most of them are cost free. They are categorised by year groups and discipline http://www.nen.gov.uk/tandl
Requires fees or special equipment
Links to broadcast content covered by Screenrights licence
Open Clip Art Library (free content)
Prodraw program graphics free for use unless otherwise stated
'How to attribute a Creative Commons photo', Bobbi L. Newman, librarianbyday.net - Very useful on how to correctly cite from Creative commons
Google Art Project - Images not cleared for downloading but suitable for viewing in lectures or for directing students to view. NOTE: Requires creation of Google account.
For tours of galleries and artworks on YouTube see http://www.youtube.com/googleartproject
Smarthistory (Free and open art history textbook, full of images)
Yale Centre for Digital Art
Online collections (different licence conditions apply, check each item)
Digital Commons (content free for educational use, remember to cite source)
National Center for Biotechnology Information - only US government information on this site is free for use. For other material check licence conditions.
ccMixter (Creative Commons Music, check licence terms)
Wikimedia Commons (some audio files, check individual licence terms)
Josh Woodward creative commons music (some music also available for purchase)
National Jukebox (US Library of Congress streamed historical recordings, made available for listening only)
AuseAccess is a wiki devoted to open access repositories in the Australasian region
Data.gov.au provides an easy way to find, access and reuse public datasets from the Australian Government and state and territory governments. Easy access to other government data catalogues offering open data is provided through their catalogues page.