Dear Wikimedia&Education community,
I'm very happy to announce that there will be a Wikimedia&Education
pre-conference event at Wikimania this year!
*Wikimedia&Education: Challenges and opportunities in South Africa and
The Education Pre-Conference at Wikimania will put education programs into
perspective by taking a deep look at the educational challenges that exist
in our host country, South Africa, and how Wikimedia projects are making an
impact. We will engage Wikimedia program leaders, educators, and other
like-minded organizations to share with and learn from each other, helping
to realize the full potential of Wikimedia projects in education.
Program details can be found on the Wikimania portal
Please visit the registration page
<https://wikimania2018.wikimedia.org/wiki/Registration> for more
information on how to register.
If you won't be attending Wikimania this year, you can still participate in
the event virtually! More details to come soon!
*e/merge Africa 2018 free registrations for Wikimedia Education Community*
As part of this program we are collaborating with E/merge 2018: Festival of
e-learning in Africa <https://sites.google.com/view/emerge2018/home>, that
is taking place from 9-20 July 2018. They have offered 70 free
registrations for our community. In their own words, "e/merge 2018 will
convene a welcoming space and a diverse, dynamic community across multiple
networks to discuss, debate, review, showcase and celebrate e-learning in
higher education in Africa." If you would like to take advantage of this
great opportunity, you can register with this link
They ask that you *register by July 2nd. *
We are looking forward to seeing you at Wikimania!
WMF | Education Program Manager
user: NSaad (WMF)
Dear Wikimedia+Education enthusiasts,
It's time to share some news! Here is what was shared for the month of May:
Learn from experiences in:
- Basque Country, Côte d'Ivoire, Ireland, Serbia, West Africa
There are 4 interesting links to papers and news worth a look as well!
Community Capacity Manager, Wikipedia Education Program
Dear Wikimedia Community,
Please find our research on how Wikimedia projects contribute to digital,
information and data literacy skill development here:
We mapped the current digital literacy frameworks and developed module
structures for Wikimedia at basic, intermediate and advanced levels. We
identified potential stakeholders and ways for collaborations at these
levels. We proposed the development of a global digital literacy framework
that corresponds with the Movement Strategy direction.
Although it has a UK context, we believe that other chapters and user
groups can benefit from this research.
You can use it for:
- developing a framework that is relevant for you locally
- providing a background for negotiations with policy-makers and
educational institutions in your country
- building educational modules and inspiring collaborations
- generating interest and debate in the movement to feed the Movement
We are looking forward to your comments and suggestions. Please do not
hesitate to contact us with questions.
With best regards,
*Agnes Bruszik - *Programme Evaluation Assistant
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Relevant for some recent discussions here (UNESCO OER) but also EU and
USA copyright, events in Canada, WIPO.
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Oggetto: Newsletter JUNE
Data: Mon, 18 Jun 2018 13:09:50 +0000
Mittente: Communia <education(a)communia-association.org>
Copyright for Education
*Dear Copyright For Education Community!*
The long-awaited moment has finally come. The EP JURI Committee vote
will take place on 20 June at 10:00 CEST. For this reason we were
working hard last month. We were in Brussels at a meeting with MEP
Geringer, we set up a new website for the Copyright For Education
project and we prepared a communication plan around voting in JURI.
Thanks to everyone who took part in these activities, for your
contribution, support and nice words. It's a pleasure to work with you!
*Meeting with MEP Geringer *
Followed by the EUROCLIO meeting with Voss, we reached out to MEP
Geringer. Here is a short report from Alek Tarkowski (Centrum Cyfrowe,
Communia), who met with MEP Geringer to discuss educational exception in
the DSM Copyright Directive.
/“On 24th May, Anna Mazgal from Wikimedia and I met MEP Lidia Geringer
de Oedenberg. She plays an important role in the ongoing copyright
reform process, as she’s the Shadow Rapporteur on the Directive, on
behalf of the S&D group. During the meeting, we presented to her our
concerns, regarding both art. 4 and other articles that are of interest
to the educational community. MEP Geringer has a good grasp of these
issues, and to a large extent shares our position. She promised to fight
against any last-moment changes that could be adverse to educators, and
was in particular interested in the issue of possible compulsory
remuneration (which fortunately for now is gone from the proposals that
are on the table).”/
Last week, our new copyrightforeducation.eu website was launched. Its
aim is to draw the attention and influence european legislators in
creating a better copyright law for education. We believe in policy
decisions that are based on evidence, thus you will find there all the
studies that we have been conducting in the past years on the issues of
copyright and education. An important element of this website is
thecontribution of our community. Teachers, educators, activists, who in
recent years have supported our efforts are saying, why they need a
better copyright reform for education. You can show everyone you are
part of our community for a better copyright by sharing your logo with
us (education(a)communia-association.org). We will then put it on the website.
*Social media campaign before JURI vote *
We have created a social media campaign that we are promoting on Twitter
and Facebook. The campaign is based on photos of teachers, educators and
activists from our community who are talking about why copyright reform
should support education. You will see familiar faces on Communia social
You can help convince the members of the JURI committee to vote for a
better copyright exception for education by sharing, liking and
retweeting the images. If you would like the media directly, please mail
us and we will share them with you.
*Policy letter to JURi committee members*
On Thursday we sent a policy letter to all members of the JURI committee
asking for a better copyright for education. We hope this will help the
committee members remember what is at stake for education in this vote,
and that they will support an open, broad and flexible exception.
Highlight of the letter: “We ask you to support a mandatory exception
that is the same in each country, for non-commercial education that
facilitates cross-border sharing, without any licenses or compulsory
remuneration attached by force of law.”
The full text of the letter is availablehere.
*Copyright For Education Community on UNESCO Recommendation on Open
Educational Resources 2018*
Thanks to the contribution from members our community we have submitted
joint comment on UNESCO Recommendation on OER. It was signed by 11
organizations - EUROCLIO, LLLP, The Media and Learning Association,
SPARC Europe, The Open Education Working Group from Open Knowledge
International, KlasCement.net – Educational Resources Network, Communia
Association, Free Knowledge Advocacy Group EU, Wikimedia Deutschland,
EDUin, Aliance pro otevřené vzdělávání. In our comments we focus on
issues concerning copyright reform and educational exception as we think
they are crucial to support the creation of high-quality OERs.
*SCCR/36: educational and research exceptions*
The 36th meeting of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related
Rights (SCCR) at the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO)
took place in Geneva from 28 May to 1 June 2018. Communia and IFLA were
there to advocate for better exceptions and limitations to copyright for
education and research. As Ariadna Matas (IFLA) wrote in her report
from the meeting “One of the main outcomes of SCCR36 is that libraries,
archives and museums will remain on the agenda for SCCR at least through
2019, with the next meeting taking place in six months’ time, around
November 2018.” You can also read Communia statement made by Teresa
In US a few music rights holders are pushing for an additional handout
to protect musical recordings created before 1972. The bill is called
the Compensating Legacy Artists for their Songs, Service, and Important
Contributions to Society Act (or CLASSICS Act) and would prevent
pre-1972 sound recordings from entering the public domain until 2067.
Today, the Digital Republic Bulgaria foundation is organizing in
Sofia a round table on Access to Knowledge. We are taking part in it
to discuss both copyright reform for education and open licensing
22-24 June - The International Conference on Electronic Publishing
will take place in Toronto
Who are we
COMMUNIA is an European organisation that advocates for policies that
increase access to and reuse of culture and knowledge. Because we
noticed that education did not have an influential voice in the debate
around the copyright reform, COMMUNIA started ‘Copyright reform for
Education’: a project that focusses solely on making copyright better
Suggestions, remarks or questions? Contact us at:
You can find the WMF's Comment here
Thank you to those who contributed their ideas, this was a strong
collaboration of many folks from throughout the movement!
On Fri, Jun 1, 2018 at 9:17 PM, Nichole Saad <nsaad(a)wikimedia.org> wrote:
> Dear all,
> You can find the WMF's Comment attached. Thank you to those who
> contributed their ideas, this was a strong collaboration of many folks from
> throughout the movement!
> best regards,
> On Fri, Jun 1, 2018 at 1:19 AM, Federico Leva (Nemo) <nemowiki(a)gmail.com>
>> Wikimedia Italia sent a short note for the OER congress some months ago,
>> mostly drawing attention to previous statements.
>> Note that comments can also be sent in French. (This was important for us
>> as one of our education coordinators speaks French but not English.)
> *Nichole Saad*
> WMF | Education Program Manager
> user: NSaad (WMF)
WMF | Education Program Manager
user: NSaad (WMF)