1. Library Services
  2. Digital Literacy Framework
  3. Creative Commons Licence

Using and reusing the Digital and information literacy framework

The Open University owns and retains copyright for the Digital and Information Literacy Framework. It was created in order to be used within The Open University, and to share with the wider community. To this end, the framework has been released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike licence. This means that the content is free to use, and reuse, subject to the following terms.

  • Your use is ‘non-commercial’.
  • You always cite The Open University.
  • You ‘share-alike’, that is, make any original or derivative works available under the same terms as our licence to you.

We grant you the right to make use of the materials as they are, or in modified form. You may translate, modify, print, network, reformat or change the materials in any way providing that you meet the terms of the licence. We would be very interested to see copies of, or links to, derivative works. If you would like to share these with us, please email details to:

What does ‘non-commercial’ use mean?

The Open University considers ‘non-commercial’ to include educational institutions, commercial companies or individuals making use of the Digital and information literacy framework content on a cost-recovery basis. This may include the following examples.

  • You may use the Digital and information literacy framework content in any format or medium, including photocopied or hard copy printouts, and make a small charge in order to recover the cost of printing.
  • You may use content as part of a course for which you charge an admission fee.
  • You may charge a fee for any value added services you add in producing or teaching based around the content providing that the content itself is not licensed to generate a separate, profitable income.

Our intention is to make these materials as widely and as freely available as possible.

How do I cite content from the Digital and information literacy framework

If you use or amend or incorporate content from Digital and information literacy framework, which is provided under a Creative Commons licence, use the following attribution:

Digital and information literacy framework, Copyright © 2012 The Open University, http://www.open.ac.uk/libraryservices/subsites/dilframework/.   Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0)

You must include a link to both the Digital and information literacy framework website and the Creative Commons ‘Attribution; Non-commercial; Share Alike’ licence.