Germany missed the debatte on OER for the first 10 years. Now it seems that the country wants to catch up to the international discussions on the fast track. There have been more acitivities in the last 2 years than in the 10 years before all together. For the end of 2014 we are expecting a political commitment on OER by the KMK (Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder in the Federal Republic of Germany) which might lead to not only one but 16 policies. Concurrently we are facing the first federal budget for OER in 2015.
In 2013 and 2014 progress was driven by civil society and grassroots. After the first OERcamp, a barcamp on OER in 2012, in 2013 and 2014 there were several gatherings focussing on OER. Wikimedia Germany hosted the the first national conference on OER in 2013 followed by another one in 2014. This led to the launch of the “Bündnis freie Bildung” (Coalition for Open Education) led by the local chapters of Creative Commons, Open Knowledge Foundation and Wikimedia.
In this talk I will give an overview of the status quo of OER in Germany and identify key questions and crucial players for the near future.