Open knowledge

Open knowledge (or free knowledge) is knowledge that is free to use, reuse, and redistribute without legal, social, or technological restriction.[1] Open knowledge organizations and activists have proposed principles and methodologies related to the production and distribution of knowledge in an open manner.

Open knowledge is interpreted broadly, including the production of open content (such as open data, open source software, open education resources, and open access), as well as practices (such as open research).
Explainer video: What is open knowledge? (A short history of copyright)

The concept is related to open source and the Open Definition, whose first versions bore the title "Open Knowledge Definition", is derived from the Open Source Definition.


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