Guest Post: Boundless Invites You to Write the Future of Education

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The following is a guest post by Ariel Diaz, Founder and CEO of Boundless, a platform for the creation of open textbooks that are community-built and CC BY-SA-licensed.

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By empowering a dedicated community of contributors in open resources, Creative Commons has given education a strong foundation for creating and sharing content. Beyond the broadly touted affordability and accessibility benefits of open resources, the flexibility these resources offer makes them practical for students and educators everywhere. Now, Boundless is leveraging the power of these open resources and the community to write the future of educational content — and we invite you to join us!

Universal access to education is a right

The wealth of Creative Commons licensed content is core to our efforts at Boundless to make access to high-quality educational content a universal right. All of our content is available under a CC BY-SA 4.0 license — which gives us a great combination of openness and flexibility, and assures that derivative works stay in the Commons so others can benefit.

Boundless offers content in more than 20 introductory-level college subjects for free on our website and mobile app. Using the CC BY-SA license on our content means an educator can use an article about Long-Term Memory, for example, as content in their classroom and adapt it for their syllabus. Students will save money by using open resources, and educators can share their customized version of that content with the greater Boundless community for further re-use.

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Open content succeeds because of a powerful community

We’re seeing a transition in educational publishing from physical to digital. This transition has been slowed by a conservative industry and lack of great products, but we’re now in a time where entrepreneurs, educators, and more are challenging the status quo to create better teaching and learning opportunities. This gives us an opportunity to create communities of learners, educators, and content creators to build a better, more effective learning experience powered by open content.

I believe that open content succeeds because of its powerful community. The educators, researchers, and more who are motivated to share their work with others keep the flow of education materials moving to benefit their teaching and learning communities. The power of this community means we can challenge the status quo in education — and no longer tolerate static, expensive resources.

Over the past three years, the team at Boundless has worked with an internal community of hundreds of subject matter experts to create and curate open resources for our library of 21 subjects. This foundational content has served more than 3 million students and educators.

We’re committed to not only providing universal access to this content, but also building a collaborative, powerful community to create more content. That’s why I’m proud to share that we’ve brought on one of community education’s biggest advocates as a new Boundless advisor: SJ Klein, a veteran Wikipedian. SJ says,

“Tapping the minds of the teaching community brings great power to educational content. I look forward to working with Boundless as its community grows, not just to create more freely-licensed material, but to provide greater access to it, and make it personalizable.”

SJ is helping us grow and hone our cloud-powered community — so Boundless can do to textbooks what Wikipedia did for encyclopedias.

Write the future of education

For the first time, Boundless is opening up our platform to empower a community of educators and open resource supporters to create, improve, and share educational content. And we’re inviting Creative Commons supporters to help us write the future of education.

The new Boundless cloud-powered community allows for collaboration across disciplines, so contributors can create, edit, and customize content. All content created or customized uses a Creative Commons license (CC BY-SA) to ensure a greater distribution across platforms — making universal access to education a right, not a privilege.

Be part of the future of education by joining our community!

Our Digital Future: New report and agenda for copyright reform

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OpenMedia.ca just released Our Digital Future: A Crowdsourced Agenda for Free Expression. OpenMedia developed the publication through consultations and surveys with many organizations that care about free expression on the internet. It’s organized around three principles: Respect Creators, Prioritize Free Expression, and Embrace Democratic Processes.

OpenMedia’s report makes a clear and compelling case for a better copyright framework – one that is authored by all of us, developed in the open, and for the benefit of everyone. Too often, monied interests and secret negotiations work against the commons, and we all lose out as a result. We look forward to working alongside OpenMedia to make its thoughtful recommendations a reality, and we hope that this report inspires many more to join us.

創用CC影展--政大場 就在今晚!

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[創用CC影展座談--政大場] 今晚登場! (本圖:CC BY-SA 4.0 陳慧潔) (改作來源:By Ragesoss (Own work), CC-BY-SA-3.0 unported , via Wikimedia Commons) 今晚除了會一起看這部去年剛出爐的紀錄片The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz 外,這次也邀請到音樂創作人林強先生,以及StreetVoice 網路部副總經理吳柏蒼先生分享他們對於自由文化的觀點。 2014-10-14T05:17:20Z emyleo

Postcard from the OER workshop in Porto

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At the very beginning of October, Creative Commons’ OER policy project organised a two-day workshop in Porto, gathering 15 Open Education enthusiasts, educators, advisors, lawyers and experts on Creative Commons licensing.  Apart from representatives from CC Sweden, CC Spain, CC Poland, CC Netherlands and of course CC Portugal, we were very happy to be able to reach out to other communities and have Rob from OER Research Hub present, as well as Ana and Ricardo from Journalism++, Eduardo who is conducting a PhD on OER, and last but not least from Heitor Alvelos, creator of the Future Places festival. The event was the first official event organised by the “rebooted” CC Portugal, at the wonderful lab space of the Science and Technology Park of the University of Porto (UPTEC).

Proud participants: John (CC Germany, Lisette (CC Netherlands), Alek (CC Poland), Gwen (CC), Eduardo (U. of Porto), Kamil (CC Poland); bottom row: Fatima (CC Portugal), Rob (OER Research Hub), Teresa (CC Portugal), Ricardo (Journalism++/Manufactura Independente), Ignasi (CC Spain). Photo: Kristina Alexanderson (CC Sweden), CC BY

The workshop was organized at the end of the initial “OER Policy for Europe” project, with the goal of creating a basis for the continuation of our work. To this end, we decided to create a toolkit that can be used to organize a self-learning workshop on Open Educational Resources and policies that support them. With the help of the toolkit, we would like to ask OER enthusiasts to organize such workshops around the world, during the Open Education Week in 2015.

The toolkit, as we imagine it, should consist of following materials:

  1. Workshop materials:
    1. Concept of a modular workshop scenario, with each module addressing one of key aspects and issues around OER
    2. Guidebook with a step-by-step explanation of the scenario and with background materials for each module
    3. Concept of workshop activities: what good is a workshop without games and active elements that make learning fun?
  2. Background materials. There is a lot of content that can be reused but two additional items are required:
    1. FAQ file: there are many FAQs about OER, but this one will be tailored to the specific workshop modules
    2. Infographics: OER can be made easier to understand by visualizing information
  3. Promotional materials:
    1. Poster and invitation – that can be printed by workshop organizers
    2. Webpage design – for the Web hub through which we will coordinate the workshops

We’ve spent the first half-day on defining the concept of such a toolkit and the content needed for self-taught OER workshops to take place. As in every situation when over a dozen OER activists meet, we talked about definitions of open, avoiding flamewars on licensing choices, value- and benefit-based language. We imagined representatives of our target groups (having settled on academic librarians and school teachers), asked ourselves: why so few “do it”, if so many know about CC? and discussed policies as both barriers and enablers to sharing content.

Having settled the ideological debates, the participants quickly divided themselves into three groups, who continued to work on three specific pieces of content. One group worked on a leaflet explaining OER from the practitioners’ perspective, the second on policies – from the perspective of the barriers to openness that they remove, and the last on a scenario for a modular workshop on OER .

Group One: What is there for me (in Open Education)?

After a profound discussion on identifying stakeholders, the group decided to focus on three perspectives: of consumers, creators who don’t share, and creators who do share. After brainstorming pros and cons of sharing, we created the first version of a leaflet for educators. You can download it here (PDF).

Group Two: design a workshop

This working group created a scenario for a workshop about OER. It was quickly decided to make the workshop modular, allowing for individual modifications based on particular wishes and experiences. The workshop would rely on existing resources as background material. We produced a model slidedeck with an outline of the workshop, together with an accompanying guidesheet for the persons leading the workshop

Group Three: policy solutions

The last group tackled the challenge of finding a relatively simple way of describing OER policies. The general consensus among participants is that these are challenging issues to understand, and not necessarily important from a practicioner’s perspective. We nevertheless assumed that it is crucial to provide simple explanations for policies. To this end, we started with a list of barriers to the sharing and use of OERs; and defined policies (with examples) that help to remove them.

Next steps

While our toolkit is still in an alpha version, we managed to come up with a concept of the workshop, produce part of the content needed and discuss two crucial issues for promoting OER: practical benefits that can be used to convince people to adopt OER; and ways of explaining difficult policy matters in an easy way.

With half a year to go before the next Open Education Week, we’re planning to finish the toolkit by the end of the year, and then build momentum for a series of local workshops around the world. Let us know if you’re interested in helping out with this project!

Open Access Week 2014

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Announcements and Week-Long Activities University of Canterbury and Lincoln University Video Release In a joint initiative with Lincoln University , the University of Canterbury will be launching 6 short videos each with a different researcher explaining how their research has benefited from being open access. They will be showcased on the main Library webpage. University […]

Kiwi novel published under Creative Commons

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Author Thomasin Sleigh has published her debut novel, Ad Lib, under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 licence, with the publishing collective Lawrence and Gibson. Thomasin’s work at Digital NZ to open up Aotearoa’s cultural treasures for sharing and reuse has informed her decision to license her own work under CC. “Publishing Ad Lib under a Creative Commons […]

Przegląd linków CC #152

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Pokojową Nagrodę Nobla otrzymała w tym roku walcząca o prawa kobiet do edukacji Malala Yousafzay (dzieli nagrodę z Kailash’em Satyarthi’m). Choć jej kampanie nie dotyczą takich aspektów jak prawa autorskie czy dostępność technologii, warto zajmując się nimi pamiętać, że nadal istnieją znacznie poważniejsze nierówności i ograniczenia dla równego dostępu każdego człowieka do edukacji i wiedzy. Otwarta edukacja 1. Nieskromnie pochwalimy […]

Nieuwe versie Open Definition gelanceerd

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Eerder deze week is de 2.0 versie van de Open Definition bekend gemaakt. Deze definitie wordt als standaard gebruikt om aan te geven of iets (een werk) aan de juridische standaarden voldoet om open te kunnen noemen. Dit kan gaan over data, culturele objecten of alle andere werken die auteursrechtelijk beschermd zijn.De nieuwe versie luidt: […]

Muziekplatform ccMixter lanceert crowdfundingcampagne

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ccMixter stelt dat muziek beter wordt door samen te werken met andere artiesten, geïnspireerd te worden door ander werk en door je muziek terug te horen in een stijl die je zelf niet bedacht zou hebben. Alle muziek die mensen uploaden op het platform is gelicenseerd onder een Creative Commons-licentie, die dit legaal mogelijk maakt. De muziek […]

Wydawnictwo Liberi Libri

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Wydawnictwo Liberi Libri, prowadzone przez działające na rzecz rozwoju nauki Stowarzyszenie Filomatów, oferuje bezpłatny dostęp do publikacji naukowych z rozmaitych dziedzin. Publikacje zamieszczone są na wolnych licencjach CC-BY i dostępne do pobrania w formacie PDF. Wydawnictwo Liberi Libri działa poza obiegiem papierowym. Publikacja drukowana jest jedynie w 30 egzemplarzach, z czego 17 przekazywanych jest państwowym bibliotekom, pozostałe zaś otrzymuje autor. […]


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当下是分享的时代,整个地球都是相互联系着的,技术革新所带来的共享与联系的力量正将我们所处的世界变得更加美好。自2008年开始,知识共享亚太地区会议每两年举行一次,是各司法管辖区CC社群以及其他社会各界人士探讨区域内共同关心的问题,分享各自经验的一个重要的平台。继2012年在印尼雅加达举行的第三届知识共享亚太地区会议之后,第四届知识共享国际会议和亚太地区会议于2014年9月16至17日在韩国首尔召开。 2014年9月16日上午10时,2014知识共享国际会议在首尔Ferrum Tower酒店举行。本次会议汇集了来自CC亚太地区社群、教育界、科技界、法律界等社会知名人士,其中包括首尔市市长朴元淳先生、韩国版权委员会等单位的官员、知名学者、律师、来自开放知识基金会以及多家科技公司的代表参加了此次会议。 此次会议共分为“创造与共享”、“共享城市”、“公民黑客”三个单元。在“创造与共享”这一单元,CC组织新任的首席执行官Ryan Merkley 先生向与会人员介绍了知识共享组织,强调在当今社会中分享的重要性,并且提出一切事物都是在前人的基础上进行再创造的结果(everything is a remix),当进行分享的时候人们将会变得更加富有,Ryan用生动的语言和丰富的事例详细地阐述了上述论点,获得了与会者的阵阵掌声。FabCafe全球的共同创立者Todd Porter先生介绍了FabCafé 的创建历史、主旨,FabCafe并不仅仅是一家普通的咖啡厅,除了正常的咖啡以外,还提供3D打印机、3D人体扫描仪的租赁服务,顾客可以在咖啡厅制造出各种形象的糖人,Todd 先生还强调了FabCafe是艺术与创造的融合,促使人们思考,教育学生创造更多美好的事物。来自韩国版权委员会的Jeongho Yeo先生重点阐述了创造性与共享精神在版权领域的重要性,他用大量详实的数据与案例向与会人员展示了开放资源在创造性活动中的应用。 CC组织新任首席执行官 Ryan Merkley先生发表演讲 FabCafe 全球共同创始人 Todd Poter 先生 韩国版权委员会官员 Jeongho Yeo 先生 在下午进行的“共享城市”和“公民黑客”两个单元,来自首尔大学的Kyung Min Kim教授、美国著名度假屋租赁公司Airbnb的Molly Turner女士分别从设计共享城市的平台、共享经济及其对未来城市的影响等角度阐述了各自的观点和经验。此外,知识共享韩国项目的负责人Jay Yoon,项目成员Nanshil Kwon和Seung-hun Jang也分别做了主题演讲,分享各自的经验和观点,特别是Jay 在演讲中提到他对于黑客(hack)的看法,在他看来黑客并不意味着“偷”,而是一种“解决方案”,而且是一群懂技术的最聪明的人。Jay同时强调,互联网改变了我们的传统以及现有的法律体系,城市黑客(city hacking)就是由公民参与的黑客活动,主要是为了促进政府的公开,打造共享资源的平台。知识共享韩国项目成员Seung-hun Jang则从他的亲生经历出发,介绍了他参与的“入侵城市(hacking the city)”项目,该项目始于英国,主要通过公开的资源研究政府将纳税人缴纳的税款究竟用于哪些项目,以此来加强对政府的监督,同时也提出这些开放资源的建设需要全球的合作。与此相类似,来自日本的Hal Seki先生也介绍了他所领导的“Code for Japen”项目,并指出通过开放、共享资源促使他们生活的城市变得更好。 首尔大学Kyung Min Kim教授 知识共享韩国项目负责人 Jay Yoon 先生 知识共享韩国项目成员 Seung-hun Jang “Code for Japan”的负责人Hal Seki先生发表演讲 在当天会议的最后,首尔市市长朴元淳先生和知识共享韩国项目负责人Jay Yoon先生就共享城市的由来、目的以及打造共享平台等等话题进行了探讨,在对话中,朴市长提到他小时候所经历的艰苦生活,那时候人们非常懂得分享,然而随着经济的快速发展,人们生活水平提高了,人与人之间却越来越缺乏分享的精神,这也是他提出“共享城市”概念的原因之一。同时,他也指出共享城市与共享经济要相互作用,并逐步完善共享城市的建设。随后,朴市长还热情地回答了在场观众的提问,第一天的会议就在热烈地掌声中顺利结束了。 首尔市市长朴元淳先生向与会人员介绍“共享城市” 部分演讲嘉宾和CC社群成员合影 次日(9月17日),知识共享亚太地区会议召开。来自韩国、日本、菲律宾、马来西亚、印度尼西亚、中国大陆和台湾地区的CC社群成员以及CC新任的首席执行官Ryan Merkley先生等一同出席了该会议。 部分CC社群的团队成员 首先,作为CC新任的首席执行官,Ryan先生回顾了自己上任三个多月以来的工作经历,并且重点阐述了他为知识共享组织制定的未来发展策略,和大家一起分享他对CC未来发展的设想。 随后,不同CC社区的成员分享了自上次雅加达亚太会议以来在各自司法管辖区内的主要项目以及共同关心的话题。受邀参加此次会议的知识共享中国大陆项目代表金汉向与会人员重点介绍了中国大陆最新的项目进展,主要包括和清华大学工业工程系顾学雍教授团队合作的极限学习项目(Extreme Learning Process)和中美绿色电子创客挑战赛,以及今年暑假在温州鹿西岛开展的第二届开放教育夏令营项目。与会人员对知识共享中国大陆项目的最新进展表现出较为浓厚的兴趣,特别是温州鹿西岛的开放教育夏令营项目。该项目是由知识共享中国大陆项目、温州医科大学仁济学院、果壳网共同主办的旨在为鹿西岛留守儿童提供免费教育资源的活动。继2013年鹿西岛第一届开放教育活动成功举办之后,2014年6月30日至7月8日,知识共享中国大陆又联合温州医科大学仁济学院、果壳网在鹿西岛举办了第二届夏令营,为那里的留守儿童带去了丰富多彩的课程。相较于第一届夏令营,第二届的特别之处在于,共有16门课程进行了全程的录像,经过挑选最终共有14门课程成功地作为首批开放教育资源并且采用CC协议发布到互联网供其他需要这些资源的地区使用。知识共享中国大陆项目将继续开展更多的开放教育活动,推动开放教育资源在中国的发展。 知识共享中国大陆项目代表金汉 向与会人员介绍中国大陆项目最新进展 会议间隙,部分代表就区域内共同关心的问题进行了深入交流 最后,包括Ryan在内的与会人员一起探讨了知识共享各个项目的优缺点并对不足之处真诚地提出建议,就目前各个司法管辖区内知识共享组织的发展、存在的问题进行了深入地交流,会议在热烈友好的气氛中圆满结束。 9月17晚,知识共享韩国项目团队组织了CC沙龙活动,来自各CC社群以及其他演讲者分别和大家一起分享自己的感兴趣的话题,畅谈各自的人生经验与体会,整个沙龙气氛欢乐融洽,使两天会议中紧张的神经迅速调回到舒缓的状态,也为此知识共享国际会议和亚太地区会议画上了一个圆满的句号。 CC沙龙部分参与人员合影 文: 金 汉 图: 知识共享韩国项目团队;金 汉;Mitsuru [...]

Lincoln University’s Open Access Policy

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In July 2013, Lincoln University passed a wide-ranging Open Access policy, becoming the first New Zealand university to do so. Coverage includes research outputs including data, teaching materials and the University’s business records. The policy states that “as an organisation Lincoln University has a policy position which endorses making content openly and freely available as […]

CCANZ October newsletter

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Creative Commons news The University of Waikato has a new open access mandate. Mark Amery’s visual arts column is now CC-licensed in The Big Idea. Land Information NZ ran a Building Our Footprints competition with students in Christchurch. All Kiwi educators now have access to Pond, the Network for Learning online portal. Latest from NZCommons It’s all go over at NZCommons.org.nz! […]

Open Definition 2.0 released

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This post initially appeared on the Creative Commons blog, republished here under CC BY 4.0.  Today Open Knowledge and the Open Definition Advisory Council announced the release of version 2.0 of the Open Definition. The Definition “sets out principles that define openness in relation to data and content,” and is the baseline from which various public licenses are measured. Any […]

Open Definition 2.0 released

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Today Open Knowledge and the Open Definition Advisory Council announced the release of version 2.0 of the Open Definition. The Definition “sets out principles that define openness in relation to data and content,” and is the baseline from which various public licenses are measured. Any content released under an Open Definition-conformant license means that anyone […]

The University of Waikato

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On 4 March 2014, the University of Waikato announced the passage of an open access mandate, becoming the first university to adopt a direct deposit mandate in New Zealand, and the second university, after Lincoln, to adopt an institutional OA policy. The primary principle driving the adoption of the policy, as stated on its opening […]

Creative Commons policies grow in New Zealand schools

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Bethlehem College Preso / Locus Research / CC BY-SA Last month, I had the honour of providing a keynote address and two workshops at a teacher conference at Northcote College1, on the North Shore of Auckland, New Zealand. Like many schools, Northcote is in the process of developing an overarching digital citizenship policy for staff, […]

Open Definition 2.0 released

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Today Open Knowledge and the Open Definition Advisory Council announced the release of version 2.0 of the Open Definition. The Definition “sets out principles that define openness in relation to data and content,” and is the baseline from which various public licenses are measured. Any content released under an Open Definition-conformant license means that anyone can “freely access, use, modify, and share that content, for any purpose, subject, at most, to requirements that preserve provenance and openness.” The CC BY and CC BY-SA 4.0 licenses are conformant with the Open Definition, as are all previous versions of these licenses (1.0 – 3.0, including jurisdiction ports). The CC0 Public Domain Dedication is also aligned with the Open Definition.

The Open Definition is an important standard that communicates the fundamental legal conditions that make content and data open. One of the most notable updates to version 2.0 is that it separates and clarifies the requirements under which an individual work will be considered open from the conditions under which a license will be considered conformant with the Definition.

Public sector bodies, GLAM institutions, and open data initiatives around the world are looking for recommendation and advice on the best licenses for their policies and projects. It’s helpful to be able to point policymakers and data publishers to a neutral, community-supported definition with a list of approved licenses for sharing content and data (and of course, we think that CC BY, CC BY-SA, and CC0 are some of the best, especially for publicly funded materials). And while we still see that some governments and other institutions are attempting to create their own custom licenses, hopefully the Open Definition 2.0 will help guide these groups into understanding of the benefits to using an existing OD-compliant license. The more that content and data providers use one of these licenses, the more they’ll add to a huge pool of legally reusable and interoperable content for anyone to use and repurpose.

To the extent that new licenses continue to be developed, the Open Definition Advisory Council has been honing a process to assist in evaluating whether licenses meet the Open Definition. Version 2.0 continues to urge potential license stewards to think carefully before attempting to develop their own license, and requires that they understand the common conditions and restrictions that should (or should not) be contained in a new license in order to promote interoperability with existing licenses.

Open Definition version 2.0 was collaboratively and transparently developed with input from experts involved in open access, open culture, open data, open education, open government, open source and wiki communities. Congratulations to Open Knowledge and the Open Definition Advisory Council on this important improvement.

ccMixter launches crowdfunding campaign

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If you’ve been making or enjoying music under Creative Commons licenses for very long, there’s no doubt you’re already familiar with ccMixter, a community that’s been leading the way in CC music for ten years. What makes ccMixter really special is how enthusiastic its users are about borrowing and building off of each other’s tracks. […]

Přednáška CC 4.0

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22. října v 14:40–15:10 v Ballingově sále Národní technické knihovny JUDr. Matěj Myška z Právnické fakulty MU se zaměří na nové licence Creative Commons 4.0 a možnosti a limity jejich využívání při zpřístupňování šedé literatury, a to i v kontextu rekodifikace soukromého práva…


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