Maybe the most powerful impact of our Creative Commons license is the way it supports translation of our content. Even though more than 8,000 individuals and organizations have contributed content to the site, our non-profit translation affiliates don’t have to go back and ask permission to translate the content because–through the magic of Creative Commons–the contributors have already granted permission for non-profit derivatives.
OCW supports these efforts, but doesn’t fund them. Our translation affiliates bring their own resources to bear. Some–like SNOW, Chulalongkorn University, and Shahid Beheshti University–are other universities around the world. Others–like Universia, CORE and OOPS–are nonprofit organizations. We also have translations supported by the Turkish Academy of Sciences (TUBA).
We’re proud to announce the addition of a pilot affiliate project, Shamsuna Al-Arabia, run by a foundation in the United Arab Emirates. Shamsuna Al-Arabia will be producing Arabic translations of our course materials. From our press release:
Shamsuna Al-Arabia has entered a pilot agreement with MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) to create Arabic translations of OCW course video lectures. The initial publication includes Arabic versions of MIT physics and math courses and will be freely available online. Several dozen additional translations are forthcoming and Shamsuna Al-Arabia has produced the translations with its own resources.
H. H. Sheikha Sheikha bint Saif Al Nahyan, Shamsuna Al-Arabia’s President, said, “Our mission is to promote and increase the availability of premium educational resources in the Arab World, with an emphasis on higher education and improving undergraduate education. We recognize the language barrier that face Arabic students and want to make content more accessible to these students. These translations will also connect them with high quality materials that will provide them with more opportunities to learn.”
We’ll be adding links to Shamsuna Al-Arabia translations as they complete the necessary steps of the pilot phase of our affiliate agreement. In the mean time, you can check our Walter Lewin subtitled in Arabic:
It’s hard to overstate the importance of these translations. Together, our affiliates have created more than 1,000 translations of MIT OpenCourseWare courses, which have received an estimated 42 million visits. This represents about a quarter of OCW’s total reach (our main site has received about 120 million visits since launch).
We’re thrilled to have Shamsuna Al-Arabia joining our translation affiliate program.