Since the launch of OCW, more than 1,000 translations of OCW courses in ten languages have been created and shared under a Creative Commons license through the work of dedicated volunteers and organizations around the world.
MIT OpenCourseWare has formally partnered with the following four organizations that have translated OCW course materials into Spanish, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, and Korean. Currently, OCW provides links to approximately 300 translated courses from these organizations.
For more information on how an institution can become an OCW Translation Affiliate, please contact the MIT OpenCourseWare External Outreach Manager.
Spanish Translations: Universia
Universia is a consortium of more than 800 colleges in Spain, Portugal, and Latin America. The translated courses have links on their OCW homepages directly to the Universia-translated version.
Traditional Chinese Translations: Opensource Opencourseware Prototype System
Opensource Opencourseware Prototype System (OOPS) is a volunteer-based organization that has translated OCW courses into Traditional Chinese. The translated courses have links on their OCW homepages directly to the OOPS-translated version in Traditional Chinese.
Turkish Translations: Turkish Academy of Sciences
The Turkish Academy of Sciences (TUBA) establishes national standards for scientific excellence in Turkey and encourages and fosters scientific collaborations. TUBA also promotes scientific research and provides scholarships, financial support, and award programs for the next generation of Turkish scholars.
Korean Translations: Sookmyung Network for Open World
SNOW (Sookmyung Network for Open World) is an open knowledge platform taking the lead in knowledge sharing in Korea for everyone who wants to access great educational contents. Users can utilize quality contents with educational worth and provide Korean translation as volunteers. The translated courses have links on their OCW homepages directly to the SNOW-translated version in Korean.
Since September 2002, when the OCW pilot phase opened to the public, OCW materials have been translated into at least 10 languages, including Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, French, German, Vietnamese, and Ukrainian.
Under the OCW Creative Commons license, users are allowed to translate OCW materials into the language of their choice. Translations are acceptable use of OCW materials provided they meet the three requirements of the OCW Creative Commons license: That the user provide attribution of the materials they choose to adapt; that the use of the materials be a non-commercial activity; and that the user share the derivative work openly as OCW is free and open, or "share alike." The complete Creative Commons license is available on our site.
In addition, any of OCW materials translated into other languages from the original English must be accompanied by the following disclaimer: "These MIT OpenCourseWare course materials have been translated into ________________ [language] by _____________________ [individual or group name]. NEITHER THE MIT FACULTY AUTHORS, MIT, NOR MIT OPENCOURSEWARE WARRANT THE ACCURACY OR COMPLETENESS OF THE TRANSLATIONS. MIT AND MIT OPENCOURSEWARE MAKE NO REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND CONCERNING THE TRANSLATED MATERIALS, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, NON-INFRINGEMENT, OR THE ABSENCE OF ERRORS, WHETHER OR NOT DISCOVERABLE. NEITHER MIT NOR MIT OPENCOURSEWARE BEAR ANY RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY INACCURACIES IN TRANSLATION. ANY INACCURACIES OR OTHER DEFECTS CONTAINED IN THIS MATERIAL, DUE TO INACCURACIES IN LANGUAGE TRANSLATION, ARE THE SOLE RESPONSIBILITY OF _____________________ [individual or group name] AND NOT MIT OPENCOURSEWARE."