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[BOAI] Seeking an Editor for Open Text Book!

From: Peter Suber <peters AT>
Date: Sat, 31 Oct 2009 17:08:17 -0400

[Forwarding from the Open Knowledge Foundation.  --Peter Suber.]


We are currently seeking an Editor for Open Text Book, "a registry of
textbooks that anyone can access, reuse and redistribute":


If you are interested in the position, please contact us at info at
okfn dot org.

### Background

The Open Knowledge Foundation is looking for an Editor for its Open
Text Book project. The project was launched in 2007 after Steve Coast
of Open Street Map donated us the domain name. It aims to be a curated
one stop shop for open textbooks - that is textbooks anyone is free to
access, redistribute, reuse and build upon.

Recently there has been a sharp rise in interest in open textbooks.
Earlier this month, a bill was proposed to make all Federally funded
textbooks in the State of California available under an open license.
Last year saw the start of a student led campaign to make textbooks
open - which is currently supported by over 2000 college professors.
There now are a plethora of open textbook projects around the world -
at different educational levels, for a variety of different subjects.
Its an exciting time for open textbooks!

The Open Text Book project aims to be, in the first instance, a simple
registry to make it easy to locate open textbooks from many different
sources. We have also begun to archive copies of some of the books in
a repository. There is plenty of room for expanding the project in the

### Responsibilities

We anticipate the Editor will spend 1 to 2 days per month working on
the project. This is a volunteer position and the Editor can be based
anywhere in the world. The Editor will be responsible for:

     * Adding new textbooks to the registry on a monthly basis, and
curating the repository of mirrored textbooks;
     * Checking the legal status of the textbooks to see that they are
compliant with the Open Knowledge Definition;
     * Attending virtual meetings with the Working Group on Open Textbooks;
     * Giving input on the design of the Open Text Book website, and on
the future of the Open Text Book project.

### Get in touch!

If you are interested in the position, please get in touch, and let us know:

     * Your name, affiliation, and website (if you have one!)
     * Why you think you'd make a good Editor
     * Your ideas about the future of the Open Text Book project

If you know anyone who you think might be interested to hear about the
position - please point them to this post! You can also help spread
the word by microblogging the following and Twitter posts:


Jonathan Gray

Community Coordinator
The Open Knowledge Foundation

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