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Thursday, August 02, 2007

The Kronberg Declaration on knowledge acquisition and sharing

Last month I blogged the draft Kronberg Declaration on the Future of Knowledge Acquisition and Sharing.  The final edition is now online, dated June 22-23, 2007, but released today:

[O]ver the next twenty-five years:...

Global efforts related to Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) as well as Open Educational Resources (OER) will play a more profound role in knowledge sharing;

Open access to and free flow of content, as well as participation in the creation of this content, will be of crucial importance for equitable knowledge acquisition and sharing;...

We...[s]tress the need to...

Support open access to and free flow of content through the development of open standards, open data structures, and standardized info-structures...[and]

Enable the creation of open content by practitioners in the developing world....

From today's press release from UNESCO:

Knowledge acquisition and sharing will increasingly be technology mediated, and traditional educational processes will be revolutionized, said experts at a UNESCO organized event in Kronberg, Germany, recently.

Adopting the “Kronberg Declaration on the Future of Knowledge Acquisition and Sharing” the high-level experts also said that leaders in the public and private sectors must embrace change in organizations and people by providing opportunities and incentives to facilitate and motivate, as well as to overcome typical barriers in knowledge acquisition and sharing....

The “Kronberg Declaration” that UNESCO and the German Commission for UNESCO have just released summarizes the discussions at the meeting of a UNESCO High Level Group that took place from 22 to 23 June 2007 in Kronberg, Germany. The event was jointly organised by UNESCO and the German Commission for UNESCO, and was sponsored by BASF....

“We have seen over the past 10 years a dramatic increase of the dependence of global development processes from the ability to efficiently produce, disseminate and use information and knowledge” says Abdul Waheed Khan, UNESCO’s Assistant Director General for Communication and Information. ”Lack of access to knowledge increasingly accentuates marginalization and economic deprivation, and we need to join efforts to bridge these gaps”....