"The duty of helping one's self in the highest sense involves the helping of one's neighbors."
-- Samuel Smiles
The inspiration for this project comes largely from the efforts of Richard Stallman and the Free Software Foundation. We are motivated to both promote learning and freedom, and to encourage the members of our community to become good neighbors.
The Open Book Project is aimed at the educational community and seeks to encourage and coordinate collaboration among students and teachers for the development of high quality, freely distributable textbooks and educational materials on a wide range of topics. The advent of the Internet and the World Wide Web are making collaboration among educators on a global scale possible for the first time. We want to harness this exciting technology to promote learning and sharing. We will thus produce all of our materials with the following aims and guidelines in mind:
learn by doingmethods wherever we can.