Open Solutions

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 technical possibilities made available by the rapid advancement of ICT 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 and 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 for all users including those with disabilities.

UNESCO’s Open Solutions Programme in Viet Nam 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.

UNESCO has been assisting Viet Nam in OER policy advocacy, development of OER content and OER community. The Vietnamese Government has recently issued a Decision on Vietnamese digitalized knowledge – an enabling environment for the promotion of OERs.

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