Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
January 25, 2013


On Monday, January 28th, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will host the announcement of the Open Book Project. The Open Book Project is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State, the Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization and leading education innovators to expand access to free, high-quality open educational resources in Arabic, with a focus on science and technology and online learning. Open educational resources are materials released under open licenses that allow free use, sharing, and adaptation to local context. Offering access to these resources will help to create educational opportunity, further scientific learning, and foster economic growth.

The initiative will:

  • Support the creation of Arabic-language Open Educational Resources (OERs) and the translation of existing OERs into Arabic.
  • Disseminate the resources free of charge through our partners and their platforms.
  • Offer support to governments, educators, and students to put existing resources to use and develop their own.
  • Raise awareness of the potential of open educational resources and promote uptake of online learning materials.


The event will begin at 2:30 p.m. in the Benjamin Franklin Room of the Department of State and will be open press for opening remarks.

Pre set for video cameras: 1:45 p.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance Lobby.
Final access time for journalists and still photographers: 2:10 p.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance Lobby.

Media representatives may attend this event upon presentation of one of the following: (1) A U.S. Government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense or Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo identification card, or (3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by an official photo identification card (driver's license, passport).

For more information on the Open Book Project, please visit http://www.state.gov/p/nea/rls/203276.htm or send an email to openbook@state.gov.


For further information on the event, please contact the Department of State Office of Press Relations at (202) 647-2492.



PRN: 2013/0072