“Open access enables researchers to make their publications freely available to the domestic and international research community and to the public at large, thereby enhancing the use, application and impact of research results” (Government of Canada, 2016, para. 2).
(Best of all, these resources are free!)
Open access works to increase access to, and availability of information, and can work to promote transparency. The open movement is participatory; it promotes free access, collaboration, development, and sharing of knowledge (Open Data Handbook, n.d.). There are minimal (if any) copyrights attached, and many have Creative Commons licences, geared toward promoting re-use and distribution.
The open movement encompasses many areas including open access publications, courses, textbooks and data portals. Below are some example of open areas that you may find of interest:
Open Access Literature
Project Gutenberg (free e-books)
Open Data Portals
Open Access Journals
Open Access Textbooks
Open Access Courses
Open Educational Resources
Want to learn more about Open Educational Resources (OER)? Check out this video on YouTube from Professor Michael McNally (a Professor at the University of Alberta) called