Here you can read about the projects which promote openness in various fields of activity pursued by the Coalition. The initiatives described below include both those undertaken by the Coalition as well as individual projects carried out by the Coalition members.
An educational website with over 200 lesson plans, exercises and materials for media education, ready to be used in schools or during classes in local community centres and libraries. The project has been launched by the Modern Poland Foundation.
Free Readings (Wolne Lektury) is an online library set up in 2007 by the Modern Poland Foundation. The resources gathered there include the classical Polish and international literature as well as contemporary works available under a free license. The library provides students and teachers with access to numerous books from the school reading list recommended by the Ministry of National Education. All works have been adequately edited – annotated with footnotes and grouped by themes – and are available in several formats, including HTML, TXT, PDF, EPUB, MOBI, FB2. The library features also several hundred audiobooks available in MP3 and Ogg Vorbis formats. The audiobooks are also available in the DAISY format which is adjusted to the needs of visually impaired/blind persons and persons with impaired reading skills. The resources may be browsed, downloaded and shared with others free of charge.
Zabawnik is a collection of 150 ideas and plans for children games and fun – from counting-out rhymes, through board games, to theatrical plays. Zabawnik is available under the Creative Commons Attribution – ShareAlike 3.0 licence. It has been created as part of the ‘Listening to Poland’ project developed by the Modern Poland Foundation. The project was requested by the Chancellery of the Senate and launched in 2011.
Open Culture Studio
An initiative of the Digital Centre (Centrum Cyfrowe) launched to support the public mission of cultural institutions through teaching their audiences about open digital heritage resources. The Studio is a space for sharing knowledge, building competence and creating new tools. It operates as a laboratory bringing together representatives of cultural institutions, social researchers, designers, software engineers and users to work together on innovative and effective ways of sharing digital heritage resources.
Cooperative for Open Education (SpołEd)
The Cooperative (Spółdzielnia Otwartej Edukacji, SpołEd) operates as part of the Digital Centre and focuses on supporting open education in Polish schools. SpołEd’s objective is to build and improve the model of cooperation in creating high-quality open educational resources. The project supports a network of teachers who broaden their knowledge and competence as regards the use of digital tools in education, copyright, Creative Commons and free licences. The gathered experience and the method developed in the project will be then used to devise an online course presenting open education in practice.
Open the Book
A digital collection of Polish scientific books available under open access. It features both texts from the past decades as well as recently published works. Although the majority of books in the collection is on history and sociology, there are also numerous works from other fields of science. The books are available partly in gratis open access model, but many of them have been made available under free licences. The website is administered by the Interdisciplinary Centre for Mathematical and Computational Modelling at the University of Warsaw, under the auspices of the Polish Academy of Sciences.
The website has been created for all those interested in the issue of openness in scientific research and education. It offers key information on related current events. Those who wish to learn more on this subject will find there in-depth analyses and guides, and may read or watch interviews with prominent figures from the world of open science, both from Poland and abroad. Some materials are available in English. The website is administered by the Interdisciplinary Centre for Mathematical and Computational Modelling at the University of Warsaw, under the auspices of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, the Polish Academy of Sciences and the Conference of Rectors of Academic Schools in Poland.
Administered by the Interdisciplinary Centre for Mathematical and Computational Modelling at the University of Warsaw, the platform offers open access to full-text articles published in Polish scientific journals, together with related metadata. At the beginning of July 2018, the Library included around 850 full-text journals representing all areas of knowledge and scientific fields. Browsing the resources is easy and effective as they are grouped into several sections: AGRO (journals on natural sciences and agriculture), BazTech (journals on technical sciences, science and environmental protection), CEJSH (journals on social sciences and humanities), DML-PL (journals on mathematical sciences), and PSJD (journals on physics and chemistry, as well as medicine, pharmacy, health and physical education studies). Adding materials to the Science Library makes them more visible on the Internet, which means that interested readers from all over the world can access them more easily.
Repository of the Centre for Open Science (CeON)
An open-access repository of scientific texts, administered by the Interdisciplinary Centre for Mathematical and Computational Modelling at the University of Warsaw. Every Polish scholar may publish there his/her scientific texts – such as articles, books or their parts, PhD dissertations or conference papers. The repository resources are available to all users free of charge, and downloading them does not require authentication or setting up an account. Many of those texts are available under free or open access licences. Through the exchange of metadata with various external platforms, readers may easily find articles and books made available in the repository, for instance through Google Scholar. As of the beginning of July 2018, the repository held around 14,000 items.
Repository for Open Data (RepOD)
A website managed by the Interdisciplinary Centre for Mathematical and Computational Modelling at the University of Warsaw, offering access to research datasets from all fields of science. Every registered user who conducts own research and wishes to share his/her research data under open access, may publish such data in the Repository. Each dataset is assigned a DOI (Digital Object Identifier) number, which allows for its unmistakable identification and facilitates referencing as well as compliance with guidelines on research data typically required by scientific journals. Many datasets within the Repository are available under open access or free licences, including the CC0 licence. The data from the Repository may be downloaded by any website user and setting up an account is not necessary.
Administered by the Interdisciplinary Centre for Mathematical and Computational Modelling at the University of Warsaw, the Aggregator is a single access point to Polish open access scientific repositories. It provides their greater visibility on the Internet, wider accessibility and facilitates their search. It is integrated with the European infrastructure for open science – OpenAIRE.
Platform for Open Science
The platform is administered by the Interdisciplinary Centre for Mathematical and Computational Modelling at the University of Warsaw and hosts comprehensive actions supporting Polish researchers and scientific institutions in implementing open access models of knowledge distribution. The Platform’s team prepares reports and analyses on openness in our country, presents its recommendations and identifies best practices. A particularly important part of the Platform’s activity includes also trainings aimed at teaching scholars the knowledge and skills necessary to use open science tools. The focus of the Platform’s activity involves open access to scientific texts, open-access research data and the policy of openness.
An EU project implemented by 50 partners from all EU Member States and also countries from outside the EU. It is aimed at greater visibility and possibilities of re-use of research results. The project seeks to meet these aims by expanding the EU e-infrastructure for open science and through the activity of the National Open Access Desks (NOADs) which offer assistance in competence and skills sharing. The Polish partner of the OpenAIRE project is the Interdisciplinary Centre for Mathematical and Computational Modelling at the University of Warsaw.
Electronic Information Bulletin for Librarians (Biuletyn EBIB)
An online open access journal addressed to librarians, information specialists and all those interested in library science. The journal offers open access to all its articles through an open access platform – Open Journal Systems, that is without restrictions and free of charge under the CC Attribution licence. The journal is published by the EBIB Association.
ELECTRONIC LIBRARY (EBIB) JOURNALS
Conference materials and non-serial publications published online by the EBIB Association in the open access model.
Free the Science portal
A news service on open science maintained by the EBIB Association and the Digital Centre with the latest information about initiatives carried out in Poland and in other countries related to building openness in the world of science, the Polish open access bibliography, a calendar of events and fresh news of the annual event, the Open Science Week. The website also offers advice to students, scientists, publishers or librarians on how to support the idea of openness and what openness gives other stakeholders.
Open Journals Platform of the Nicolaus Copernicus University
It contains several dozens of titles of science journals published by the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, the Polish Economic Society, the Institute of History of the Polish Academy of Sciences, the Scientific Society of Toruń in the open access model on a dedicated Open Journal Systems platform.
Open educational resources of the Nicolaus Copernicus University
A web portal created to make available all lectures, e-learning courses, webinars and debates conducted at Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń.
Rumak Repository of the Nicolaus Copernicus University
Open scientific and educational resources deposited by the staff and doctoral students of the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń.
Kujawsko-Pomorska Digital Library
A digital library making available the collections of the institutions of science and culture from the Kujawsko-Pomorskie province.
AMUR – Adam Mickiewicz University Repository
In 2010 Adam Mickiewicz University launched the first institutional repository – AMUR – a platform enabling the visitors to access publications of the University faculty. Currently AMUR provides access to over 21 thousand digital items including: 78 scientific journals of Adam Mickiewicz University, over 1700 doctoral dissertations, over 230 books published at Adam Mickiewicz University Press and publishing houses associated with the Department of Social Sciences and the Institute of Philosophy of the University. AMUR also offers access to over 1215 scientific articles, over 906 chapters from books and over 85 conference papers, didactic materials and unpublished texts. The number of downloads of all publications archived in the repository has exceeded 7 million by mid-2018. From 2016 the library operates a Twitter channel @AMUR_UAM.
UAM – PRESSto open scientific journal platform
In 2014 the University Library launched PRESSto – the open scientific journal platform of Adam Mickiewicz University working on Open Journal Systems. Currently 66 titles of scholarly journals of Adam Mickiewicz University are available on PRESSto.
Open AGH – Open Educational Resources
The “Open AGH” Open Educational Resources project is a repository of open educational resources of the AGH University of Science and Technology in Cracow prepared by the faculty, as well as PhD and MA students of the University. The originator of the idea, creator and administrator of the web portal is the Centre for e-Learning of the AGH University of Science and Technology. The Open AGH resources are available under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 Poland license. The website is available in BETA version, therefore in some cases a note on reservation of all rights may still be encountered.
Open AGH academic e-textbooks
Academic e-textbooks for physics, mathematics and chemistry authored by the faculty of the AGH University of Science and Technology in Cracow and reviewed by academic staff from other universities. The project, supported by the Faculty of Metals Engineering and Industrial Computer Science, consists in the creation of the content of e-textbooks and designing and implementing a platform for publishing, reviewing and using the e-textbooks online in selected formats (mobile-optimized, printable and open versions). The AGH e-textbooks are made of modules – small bricks of knowledge. This means that one can create their own e-textbooks by flexibly combining the available modules or by modifying the existing e-textbooks. The self-made material which is compatible with the course syllabus may be shared with other students on the website, in form of a shareable link or a file download. Thanks to the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 PL license e-textbooks may be used freely without logging in or registration and can be downloaded in different formats, copied, distributed, modified and adjusted to one’s educational needs.
A multilingual online encyclopaedia where all materials are published on open licenses. The Polish version of Wikipedia contains over 1.2 million articles (as of July 2018). It is the biggest existing global and Polish free-license project containing educational content. The Wikimedia Poland Association supports the creators of Wikipedia by providing a grant programme and holding contests. Thanks to Wikigrants content creators gain a refund of the cost of purchase or copying of books. The winners of contests are rewarded with small gifts and selected reliable sources of information (books, access to scientific databases etc.).
A sister Wiki project, an open-content multilingual dictionary available under open licenses. This is a universal dictionary serving both as a standard language dictionary and a dictionary for translators, including also etymologies, ortography, synonyms, antonyms etc. It aims to fully describe all words of all languages, including dead languages. The Polish version of Wiktionary has over 620 thousand units (as of July 2018). The Wikimedia Poland Association supports the creators of Wiktionary by refunding the costs of access to online dictionaries.
A sister Wikipedia project, a collection of source texts found in the public domain and newer texts published under free licenses. The goal of the project is to create a free content library of source texts and their translations. The Polish-language Wikisources contain over 180 thousand source text units including 630 thousand pages (as of July 2018). The Wikimedia Poland Association supports the creators of Wikisources by refunding the costs of digitisation of valuable source texts.
Wikimedia Commons is a collection of photos and images, including 3D graphics, documents, presentations, diagrams, videos, music and other media files, which are all, without exception, licensed under the free Creative Commons licence.
It contains 48 million media files (data as of July 2018). Wikimedia Polska Association supports the Wikimedia Commons by encouraging institutional partners to upload valuable media files in high resolution. That is how nearly 3.5 thousand of photographs from ethnographic fieldwork in the Carpathian region have been acquired and nearly 3 thousand images and photographs of art works from the collection of the National Museum in Warsaw.
It is a web portal presenting the resources of the Zachęta – National Gallery of Art, such as works from the Gallery’s collection, educational materials, documentation of exhibitions and previews, selected texts from the catalogues and magazines accompanying the exhibitions and films.
Strategy for Free and Open Implementations (SWOI)
The aim of the Strategy for Free and Open Implementations project of the Free and Open Source Software Foundation (FWiOO) is to prepare model methods and tools for early development of IT and technical competences in schools, supported with active forms of students’ self-learning. The project activities are intended to develop the students’ ability to work in a team on designing, developing and describing effective electronic and mechatronic software implementations, as well as developing the habit of documenting personal development and achievements systematically in the form of an e-portfolio which may in the future help the students demonstrate having the skills useful for the economy.
Cooperation Platform “Paper Clip”
It is an online Poland-wide database which is developed by the Free and Open Source Software Foundation to list open innovation IT research projects. The objective of the project is to disseminate information among businesses on innovative projects in the field of free and open source software carried out within an academic setting and to intensify the cooperation between universities and the business community. A key element of the project and one of its objectives is to commercialize the results of research and development works with regard to free and open source software. The project is addressed mainly to businesses, universities, research centres, researchers and individual creators and business environment institutions located across Poland.
The Right IT Public Procurement
This Free and Open Source Software Foundation project covers a number of educational activities like series of trainings for employees of public institutions; research activities, such as a country-wide research project on IT programmes used at public administration institutions; and information activities, such as issuing publications on the legal and technological aspects of public procurement of IT tools. A web portal www.pppit.org.pl was launched to gather and share the knowledge on how to construct a public IT procurement procedure correctly, offering also some legal basics.