UNESCO believes that universal access to information and knowledge is key to the building of peace, sustainable social and economic development, and intercultural dialogue.
Through the technical possibilities made available by the increased sophistication of ICTs and user oriented social media, the traditional Free and Open Source software (FOSS) models of effective collaboration and innovative sustainability have now expanded and include highly diverse realms of public domain activity. Open Access (OA), Open Data and crowdsourcing platforms, Open Educational Resources (OER) enable information to be freely and legally shared, providing strategic cross-cutting opportunities to improve the quality of decision-making as well as facilitate policy dialogue, knowledge sharing and capacity building, including for persons with disabilities.
UNESCO’s Open Solutions Programme targets leaders, professionals, researchers and ICT users, supporting Communities of Practice, encouraging empirical research and publications, and organizing key events at global, regional, and national levels to share best practices, with comprehensive programmes in:
- Open Educational Resources – providing teachers and learners with high-quality teaching and learning materials that allow for free use, adaptation, and distribution;
- Open Access to scientific information – enabling scientists and researchers to share and access scholarly information on the latest scientific advances;
- Free and Open Source Software – providing a wide range of tools and processes for creating, exchanging, and sharing interoperable software and solutions efficiently and effectively.