About Us

What is Open Culture’s Mis­sion?

Found­ed in 2006, Open Cul­ture brings togeth­er high-qual­i­ty cul­tur­al & edu­ca­tion­al media for the world­wide life­long learn­ing com­mu­ni­ty. Web 2.0 has giv­en us great amounts of intel­li­gent audio and video. It’s all free. It’s all enrich­ing. But it’s also scat­tered across the web, and not easy to find. Our whole mis­sion is to cen­tral­ize this con­tent, curate it, and give you access to this high qual­i­ty con­tent when­ev­er and wher­ev­er you want it. Some of our major resource col­lec­tions include:

Who is Behind Open Cul­ture?

Dan Col­man found­ed Open Cul­ture in 2006.

Col­in Mar­shall hosts and pro­duces Note­book on Cities and Cul­ture and writes for Open Cul­ture reg­u­lar­ly.

Josh Jones received his PhD in Eng­lish at Ford­ham Uni­ver­si­ty and is a co-founder and for­mer man­ag­ing edi­tor of Guer­ni­ca / A Mag­a­zine of Arts and Pol­i­tics.

Mike Springer, a jour­nal­ist liv­ing in Cam­bridge, Mass­a­chu­setts, writes dai­ly for Open Cul­ture.

Ayun Hal­l­i­day is a writer and actor. She is best known as the author and illus­tra­tor of the long-run­ning zine The East Vil­lage Inky.

Eric Ober­le pro­vides very gen­er­ous tech­ni­cal sup­port for the site. With­out him, you would be get­ting 404s instead of reg­u­lar dos­es of intel­li­gent media.

How Can I Con­tact Open Cul­ture?

Feel free to drop us a line at mail@openculture.com.

Do You Have a Copy­right Pol­i­cy?

Yes and you can find it here.

Do You Have a Pri­va­cy Pol­i­cy?

Yes, read all about it here.

Can I Rec­om­mend Mate­ri­als to List on Open Cul­ture?

Yes. If you would like us to add links to rel­e­vant parts of our site, you can sug­gest materials/links via email and we will be hap­py to review them. Please read over our edi­to­r­i­al guide­lines and then let us know where you think your mate­r­i­al should be list­ed, and try to pro­vide all of the infor­ma­tion that will help us list your mate­r­i­al. For exam­ple, if you want us to include a link in one of our pod­cast direc­to­ries, please look at the appro­pri­ate direc­to­ry and include all of the infor­ma­tion that we typ­i­cal­ly include in our entries.

Do The Cours­es Fea­tured Here Give Uni­ver­si­ty Cred­it?

First and fore­most, the MOOCs/Online cours­es appear­ing on this page some­times offer stu­dents “state­ments of accom­plish­ment” or “cer­tifi­cates of com­ple­tion” if they suc­cess­ful­ly com­plete a giv­en course. How­ev­er, most tra­di­tion­al uni­ver­si­ties won’t give stu­dents cred­it for tak­ing the­ses online cours­es, and stu­dents typ­i­cal­ly can’t use these cours­es as a way to sat­is­fy require­ments for a degree. It’s con­ceiv­able that some schools will give cred­it for these class­es, but you would real­ly need to check with the registar’s office at your insti­tu­tion.

Sec­ond, we should point out (in case it’s not clear) that Open Cul­ture is not the builder/creator of these cours­es. Our site sim­ply high­lights MOOCs/Online Cours­es cre­at­ed by oth­er edu­ca­tion­al ven­tures. You can get more infor­ma­tion by read­ing our MOOC FAQ.

Sup­port Open Cul­ture

We’re hop­ing to rely on our loy­al read­ers rather than errat­ic ads. To sup­port Open Cul­ture’s edu­ca­tion­al mis­sion, please con­sid­er mak­ing a dona­tion. We accept Pay­Pal, Ven­mo (@openculture), Patre­on and Cryp­to! Please find all options here. We thank you!

Open Culture was founded by Dan Colman.