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Open Access Requirement

Erasmus+ promotes the open access of project outputs to support learning, teaching, training, and youth work. This serves both to ensure that publicly funded materials provide value to the general public, to increase the value, visibility and reuse of the insights and work of a project, and to ensure long-term access to the results, even if e.g. a beneficiary consortium ceases to exist.

In particular, Erasmus+ commits beneficiaries to make any educational resources which are produced in the context of projects supported by the programme - documents, media, software or other materials - freely available for the public under an open license (see next section). Such materials are known as Open Educational Resources (OER). In addition, beneficiaries must ensure that these OER are shared in an editable digital form, freely accessible through the internet (without cost, registration or other restriction), and whenever possible shared on a suitable and freely accessible platform, thus not just a project or institution specific website. The open access requirement is obligatory and is without prejudice to the intellectual property rights of the grant beneficiaries.