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Campagne Open Onderwijstoegang

Campagne Open Onderwijstoegang

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Unlocking education campagneplan (Engelstalig)

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Unlocking education, for growth without limits

Campaign plan

Status: public draft
22-11-2011: added information about campaign status (JSt)

Remark: Why in English? We are cooperating with FSFE in the campaign, a campaign that has a European dimension. English is the common language of choice.

Purpose of the campaign

The campaign aims to achieve the following:

  • to strengthen the Dutch action plan "Netherlands Open in Connection" by making the use of Open Standards truly mandatory for all publicly-funded institutions
  • to make vendor-independent access to all online services and information mandatory for all publicly-funded institutions, in this case, educational institutions;
  • to promote innovative education in IT-skills by broadening the educational program with vendor-independent skill-sets.


  • To pass new legislation that makes the use of Open Standards mandatory for all publicly-funded institutions;
  • To ensure compliance with this legislation.

Key message

Students need to have complete access to every aspect of education in order to develop their potential. As more and more aspects of education move online this includes secure and open access to the online school building, regardless of device, operating system and/or standards-compliant web-browser that is being used. This can be achieved by using Open Standards in online educational environments. Using proprietary webtechnologies like Silverlight or Flash and closed standards will result in restricting access to the online school-building and locking out students from fully participating in education.

Campaign tracks

1. Increasing awareness

So far the campaign has been able to garner the support of free and open source communities in the Netherlands and various students and parents. However, we still need to involve organizations for students, parents, teachers and consumers. Apart from broadening support we need to strengthen our arguments, supporting it with as much hard facts as possible.

What needs to be done?

  1. Reaching out to organisations for students, parents, teachers, consumers etcetera;
  2. Involving students and parents by actively engaging them via various social media;
  3. Increase presence of the campaign in education, i.e. making sure we are present and visible at educational conventions and seminars;
  4. Compiling a list of schools that use proprietary webtechnologies and closed standards, and the real consequences this has for their students;
  5. Writing a whitepaper on alternative tools for the online schoolbuilding that use Open Standards and allow for vendor-independent access;
  6. Writing a publication for educational institutions on how to broaden their curricula with vendor-independent skill-sets;
  7. Researching (and publishing on):
  8. the accessibilty of all online educational environments (in line with: see).
  9. the use of open standards in educational procurement;
  10. possibilities with existing law and regulations to mandate the use of open standards in education.

This could involve gathering information from existing research or doing new research.

What has been done/is being done?

Per 22-11-2011
- Jan will contact LAKS this week (LAKS is organization of students in secundary education)
- The Open Source Onderwijsgroep (a group of open source in education that got started on LinkedIn) will decide this week (or next week) whether they will write the whitepaper. Jan Verlaan also offered to help out
- Jan Verlaan will also research prior publications on the use of open standards in education and other relevant publications
- Jan will talk to Iacobien Riezebosch on November 28th about 7a en 7b
- Cor Nouws is looking into the possibility of taking care of 2

2. Pushing for legislation

Parliament has expressed a strong support for the use of Open Standards in the public for more than a decade. The former deputy minister of Economic Affairs, Frank Heemskerk, responsible for the Dutch action plan, promised more robust legislation if and when the execution of the action plan would fall short. There is a strong case that the action plan has failed in the field of education.

What needs to be done?

  1. Supporting parliament with the next round of questions for the Secretary of Education;
  2. Lobbying with the various members of parliament, informing them about the need for new legislation;
  3. Drafting a motion that can be passed by parliament;
  4. Working with parliament in order to draft new legislation.

What has been done/ is being done?

Per 22-11-2011
- Arjan el Fassed (GroenLinks) received ten questions as input for the second round of question by Parliament
- Boudi van Vlijmen is in touch with the CDA-fractie (christian democrats)
- Rob van den Bosch contact the SP-fractie (socialists). Jan requested a meeting with them

3. Legal action

When educational institutions use an online environment that locks out students, and in effect force the students to purchase new proprietary software (and hardware), it is -under current regulations- the responsibility of students and their parents to lodge complaints. Walter van Holst, legal expert of the Dutch NOiV Office, points at the possibility of formal complaints under the Wet Electronisch Bestuurlijk Verkeer, but again it is the responsibility of students and parents to pursue this course.

However, this isn’t a course many parents wish to take by themselves, considering the highly dependent relationship their child has v.v. the schoolboard. Therefore it would be preferable to achieve some form of class action against individual schoolboards and to offer parents and students support.

What is needed?

  1. An instruction for students and parents, explaining them when the complaint is valid (meaning: the schoolboard is in violation of pertinent laws and regulations), and how to file a complaint. The instruction should also contain information on how to broaden support among other parents and students and where the can find expert help. The instruction is to function as a toolkit, thus it needs to include example letters.
  2. A hotline that students and parents can call to get immediate support and advice. They can also report violations anonymously, which (a) become part of an overall report and (b) can be used to complement possible complaints under (1).

(1) might lead to legal proceedings. We are investigating the possibilities for this, and the costs involved. What can be done, and how, is not part of the public campaign plan.

What has been done/is being done?
Per 22-11-2011
- Jan spoke with Camillo Schutte and Valentijn Sessink. This campaign track is set in motion

4. Fund raising

A number of aspects of the campaign will incur costs, though the exact amount is yet to be determined. The FSFE will coordinate overalll fundraising. Besides this we need to look for funds and/or sponsors for specific actions.

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