Cape Town Meeting

The Cape Town Declaration arises from a small but lively meeting of open education activists in Cape Town during September 2007. The meeting was convened by the Open Society Institute and the Shuttleworth Foundation.


Entitled Open Sourcing Education, the original aim of this meeting was to accelerate the international effort to promote open resources, technology and teaching practices in education. The participants represented many points of view, many disciplines and many nations. All are involved in ongoing open education initiatives.


In Cape Town, meeting participants explored how their separate initiatives could work together to achieve much broader, deeper impact. The Cape Town Open Education Declaration, authored jointly by all those who attended the meeting, was the first concrete outcome from these discussions. A number of additional collaborations on open education projects have also emerged. Notes and pictures can be found on the meeting wiki.


Meeting participants and co-authors of the Cape Town Open Education Declaration included:

  • Grace Baguma, Department of Education, Uganda
  • Richard Baraniuk, Connexions / Rice University
  • Peter Bateman, African Virtual University
  • Karien Bezuidenhout, Shuttleworth Foundation
  • Ahrash Bissell, Creative Commons / CCLearn
  • Rhett Bowlin, Open Society Institute
  • Delia Browne, Ministerial Council on Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affairs, Australia
  • Darius Cuplinskas, Open Society Institute
  • James Dalziel, LAMS Foundation
  • Heather Ford, iCommons
  • Eve Gray, Centre for Educational Technology, University of Cape Town
  • Melissa Hagemann, Open Society Institute
  • Cheryl Hodgkinson-Williams, Centre for Educational Technology, University of Cape Town
  • Mark Horner, Free High School Science Textbooks
  • Jason Hudson, Shuttleworth Foundation
  • Helen King, Shuttleworth Foundation
  • John Lesperance, VUSSC
  • Peter Levy, Curriki
  • Jaroslaw Lipszyc, Fundacja Nowoczesna Polska
  • Lisa Petrides, Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education
  • Andrew Rens, Shuttleworth Foundation
  • David Rosenfeld, Student PIRGs
  • Jan Philipp Schmidt, University of the Western Cape, UWC
  • Mark Surman, Shuttleworth Foundation
  • Aleesha Taylor, Open Society Institute
  • Jimmy Wales, Wikimedia Foundation and Wikia
  • Paul West, Commonwealth of Learning
  • Werner Westermann, Educalibre
  • David Wiley, Utah State University, Center for Open and Sustainable Learning

Bios for all of the people who attended the meeting are available here on the meeting wiki.

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