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Saturday, May 11 • 2:00pm - 2:40pm
Community as infrastructure: Building a scalable, sustainable approach to open textbook publishing

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This session will share how Rebus’ efforts to fuse community and publishing process has evolved over the past two years, and our direction for the next two, with a hands-on demonstration of the next-generation version of our platform. This platform creates a space for the open education community to come together and self-organise around OER creation, with guiding structures for a collaborative approach to publishing, and a central focus on coordination within disciplines, institutions, regions and other ‘subcommunities’. In addition, the platform can be a place to gather and explore the challenges we are facing together as we build a new, more inclusive publishing system.

By facilitating hands-on open textbook projects and engaging deeply with others working to address the big questions in the OER space, Rebus can be a catalyst for the growing knowledge and experience within the community, and work to channel it into robust and essential infrastructure that can radically change how educational content is created, and who is able to access that process. In addition, we can work together to ensure that the values of the community are deeply embedded in any emerging systems, including accessibility, inclusivity, self-determination and more distributed & equitable power structures.

This session will also highlight a handful of interesting usecases in development for the Rebus approach, including developing a suite of indigenous studies texts in partnership with indigenous communities in Canada, and support for OER publishing in Francophone West Africa. We are also actively seeking more projects from other global communities, and will be looking to engage attendees from these communities to find out how else our platform can serve their needs.

Session notes:


Zoe Wake Hyde

Project Lead, Rebus Ink

Saturday May 11, 2019 2:00pm - 2:40pm WEST
Dili Room, 4th Floor, Museu do Oriente Av. Brasília 352, 1350-279 Lisboa, Portugal