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Office of Free Knowledge and Culture (OfiLibre)

OfiLibre Website

The Office of Free Knowledge and Culture (OfiLibre) has the function of informing, promoting, coordinating and facilitating in its fields of action, and in collaboration with all the agents of the University.

At OfiLibre we want to help the university community to understand free culture, free publishing, open data and free software. To do this, we dedicate ourselves to explaining what they are, how they work, what characteristics they have, and what benefits they can produce, so that anyone can decide how best to interact with them.

The OfiLibre is an initiative that seeks to have the participation of the entire university community so that, together, we can find our way in the world of free knowledge and culture.

Institutional Declaration of the Rey Juan Carlos University on Science, Education and Open Publication

Lines of action

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We understand open publication (open access) as defined in the Berlin Declaration,and as such we explain it to the university community, as a fundamental pillar of the dissemination of research results. In addition, we believe that the same idea can also be extended to many learning support materials and, in general, in many cases, to documents, audios, videos, multimedia, etc. produced as part of teaching, research or management activities. made at the University.

The main objectives of this line are:

  • Promote the open publication of the materials produced institutionally by the University.
  • Facilitate the open publication process for those who are already practicing it, both in their teaching and research aspects.
  • Train University staff interested in free knowledge, both in technical, legal and economic aspects.
  • Create an interest group interested in promoting free knowledge and open publication at the University.
  • Promote awareness of the options of open publication and free knowledge in the University, and in the society in which it is registered.

Free culture

Free culture is one in which the author has given us permission to copy, modify and redistribute, according to the most accepted definition of free cultural works.

We believe that the university community can benefit in many cases both from the use of free cultural works and from the dissemination of their own works according to these principles. Following this idea, we will try to help all interested people, and the institutions of the University itself, to better understand free culture, and to be a part of it to the extent that it is aligned with our values ​​and objectives.

The main lines of action in this area are:

  • Promote knowledge and approach to free cultural works by the university community.
  • Promote the production of free cultural works by the university community.
  • Promotion of the creation of a group of creators interested in the production of free cultural works.

Open Data

Open data is data that is published in such a way that it can be reused by third parties in the easiest and most practical way possible. The Open Knowledge Foundation provides a more detailed definition in its Open Data Handbook.

At OfiLibre we believe that open data contributes to improving the reproducibility and verification of research results, the transparency of institutions, and provides opportunities for third parties to exploit them in ways that did not occur to their producers. And we think that the community university can benefit from all this, both as a producer and as a consumer of open data.

Our main objectives in this area are:

  • Promote knowledge and use of open data as a way to share knowledge, improve efficiency and favor decision-making, transparency and accountability.
  • Stimulate the publication of open data in the areas of the University where this is possible and convenient, and especially in relation to research data.
  • Support existing initiatives and promote new ones related to the publication of open data.
  • Promote the creation of a group of people from the university community interested in open data.

Free software

Software is free when its authors have given us permission to copy, modify, and redistribute it. There are two classic definitions, which detail the conditions that a program must meet to be considered free software: Free Software Definition y open source definition.

At OfiLibre we think that free software is a very interesting option in many cases, that it is currently widely used in industry, and that it can bring many benefits to the university community. For this reason, we intend to explain how anyone can use it to advantage in many situations, and how distributing what we make as free software can be a very interesting option.

Main objectives in this area:

  • Promote the use of free software in the different areas of the University, and knowledge of the available options.
  • Promote knowledge of the implications of free software as users (technical, especially in certain fields, legal, economic, social).
  • Promote the release of software product of teaching and research activities of the University.
  • Promote the creation of a group of people interested in promoting free software
  • Explain the options, social implications, etc. of the use and production of free software.

Free Knowledge and Culture Office.
Rey Juan Carlos University, Móstoles Campus.
Office 004, ground floor of the Rectorate building.
C/ Tulipán s/n, 28933 Móstoles (Madrid)
Tel. +91 488