After a short bike ride north from the University of Bremen along a dyke, I came to the small town of Lilienthal which was having a festival. In amongst the stalls, music and eating opportunities I came across a stand for the Piraten Partei.
Whilst the guys I spoke to had no idea what I meant by the term ‘Open Educational Resource’, their eyes lit up at the words ‘Creative Commons’ and after some help from a guy called Andrew Reitemeyer (Thanks Andrew) I have tracked down the English language version of their manifesto where they state:
The Pirate Party demands that all content created by public authorities or with public subsidies be freely accessible to the general public.
This is exactly what I had expected but a little surprising that the is no specific commitment to the nuts and bolts of OER creation and sharing as they were discussed in depth in the Bar Camp – maybe the Party’s Education (Bildungs) Group will explore that?
I was also unable to discover if any other German parties have a similar commitment to OERs – maybe someone who reads this blog can help with the answer or is it only the Pirates who are using the language of open content?