Case Studies

Registries & Tools

Work Plan

OPN will:

  • Connect policy makers and other interested parties to expert open policy advocates and organizations who are able to provide assistance and support when open policy opportunities arise.
  • Identify and build new open policy resources and/or services only where capacity and expertise does not currently exist, by providing needed resources, information and advice.
  • Provide a baseline level of assistance for open policy opportunities as they arise, to ensure no open policy opportunity goes unfulfilled.
  • Link to, catalog and curate existing and new open policies and open policy resources from around the world.
  • Connect open policy advocates and organizations on a listserv and monthly phone conference to maximize knowledge transfer and cooperation.
  • Build new constituencies and advocates in support of open policies.
  • Operate in a manner respectful of member organizations’ existing messaging, communities and business models.
  • Release all content produced by the OPN under CC BY and data under CC0, in a fully transparent manner on the OPN web site.
  • Release all content produced by the OPN, including the OPN website, under multiple languages.

Services & resources


  • OPN listserv and monthly phone call for OPN members
  • Institute for Open Leadership
  • Accept requests for open policy support and triage those open policy opportunities to the appropriate OPN member(s)
  • OPN web site links to existing open policy projects sites (e.g., ROARMAP, OER Policy Registry, Open Educational Policy for Europe, etc.)

Future (forthcoming):

  • Secure funding to support OPN activities determined by the OPN members
  • Develop model open policies and bills
  • Develop open policy implementation kits with slides and talking points
  • Provide as-needed consulting / mentoring / networking
  • Establish a pool of expertise across OPN organizations to support:
    • updating of existing policy frameworks
    • communication on impact and value of open policy
    • creation, adoption and implementation of open policies
    • customization of open policy solutions and strategies
  • Finding, curating and posting existing open policies / laws
  • Messaging: media / public relations work
  • Teach key policy stakeholders about open policies through webinars, keynotes, editorials, conference presentations and School of Open classes
  • Research: evaluating existing open policies and writing open policy briefs
  • Identify open policy gaps and opportunities within and across countries and sectors
  • Support global adoption and implementation including translation and localization of resources
  • OPN fellows program and/or graduate student researchers
  • OPN meetings / convenings for policy makers
  • Ongoing recruitment of experts and leaders to join the efforts around open policy


1 October 2015

  • 8:00am (U.S. Pacific) / 11:00am (U.S. Eastern) / 3:00pm (UTC)
  • Hangout –
  • Phone: +01-209-255-1000; pin: 270930#

5 November 2015

  • 2:00pm (U.S. Pacific) / 5:00pm (U.S. Eastern) / 9:00pm (UTC)
  • Hangout –
  • Phone: +01-209-255-1000; pin: 270930#

3 December 2015

  • 8:00am (U.S. Pacific) / 11:00am (U.S. Eastern) / 3:00pm (UTC)
  • Hangout –
  • Phone: +01-209-255-1000; pin: 270930#


Openness Guides for OER and open policy (Centrum Cyfrowe)

This project will create guides that extend upon the existing “How Open Is it?” project originally developed for open access articles by the Public Library of Science (PLOS) in 2013. This guide is seen as an important educational tool for the open access community – including publishers and authors – which provides some nuance around a spectrum of openness and shows a roadmap to becoming “more open.” We see these guides being used in practice as something governments and advocates can use to advocate for open policies.

Model open policies and advocacy / implementation resources (CC South Africa/re:share/Kelsey Wiens)

This project will create and distribute model open policy resources, a task central to the mission of the Open Policy Network. Model resources may include:  model open policy language (sections and entire open education, research, and data policies); open policy implementation kits with slides and talking points; communications: media / public relations resources, case studies about open policies; research: evaluating existing open policies and writing open policy briefs. The majority of these resources will be targeted for policy making audiences (e.g. legislators, regulators, etc.), but there will also be a subset of meta-materials that provides some advice and recommendations for advocates in how to best work with policymakers around these issues

Annual reports on the “state of open policy” (Consortia of Centrum Cyfrowe, CC South Africa/re:share, Karisma Foundation, SPARC, CommonSphere, AusGOAL)

This project will develop, research, and produce a yearly “state-of-play” report on open policy around the world. The reports will document major open policy adoptions and updates tracked via the Policy Registry, and discuss future areas for intervention. The reports will leverage Open Policy Network members to collect and package an in depth (with useful graphs and analysis) report on the latest updates in open policy around the world covering: education (OER), research (OA), and open data. This report will be a way of measuring nations, provinces/states, and institutions commitments to open policy; and a tool to recruit new open policy advocates and generate interest in governments, foundations, and other funders.

State of Open Policy Survey

Open Government Partnership (SPARC)

This project will examine the current state of the Open Government Partnership commitments and match member countries with relevant OER projects and individuals in country. Momentum for this idea is already building in a number of countries, including the United States, Slovakia, South Africa, Tunisia, and Sierra Leone, and Romania. The initiative will work to include OER and open policy in updated Open Government Partnership plans through education and outreach.