Open academia refers to scholarly work conducted in the spirit of free culture.

Open academia involves scholarly activities (e.g., teaching, research and service), processes (e.g., governance and management), and outcomes (e.g., learning resources, papers, presentations and data) being freely and openly available to the general public.

Key values of open academia include transparency, availability and accessibility.

Open academia involves use of five pillars:

Pillar Description
Open access Materials are open to the public.
Open formats Materials use open standards for digital files.
Open licensing Materials are freely re-usable.
Free software Materials are produced using software with freely available code.
Open management Activities are governed openly and transparently.

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