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Open access materials can be viewed for free, but generally have other restrictions - for example no commercial use, no derivations, and (in some cases) no unauthorized distribution. The degree of "openness" can be star-rated according to meeting, or not, the four key criteria: there is no barrier to access for the reader, there is no fee demanded of the author/s, the copyright is nor forfeited by the author/s, and the work can be freely distributed[1].

Thus if material is simply open access, it is not true open content and generally cannot be used on projects such as Appropedia, OLPC content bundles, or Wikipedia.


[edit] Open content on Appropedia

On Appropedia, sometimes open access materials help to fill gaps where we do not yet have adequate open content resources. These are clearly marked with the {{open access}} notice, and categorized at Category:Open access pages - these are work ported to Appropedia for which there is no clear permission to A. reuse for commercial purposes or B. modify.

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  1. Paull, J. (2013) "Open access publishing: What is world's best practice?", Journal of Organic Systems, 8 (1), pp. 2-4.