DICE, Digital Copyright in Education, is a project started at the end of the year 2008 by the Università della Svizzera italiana (USI), Fernfachhochschule Schweiz (FFHS), Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich (ETHZ) and Université de Genève (UNIGE).

DICE aims at providing support to teaching and non-teaching staff of Swiss higher education institutions in copyright management of digital content for eLearning.

The two main goals of DICE are:

  1. Increasing awareness of copyright issues related with digital content
  2. Increase the readiness and ability of authors for publishing open access resources (Open Educational Resources)

These goals have been met by:

  • creating a handbook presenting the Swiss copyright regulations together with a method on how to approach copyright issues with the help of four guiding questions. It is available in four languages (German, French, Italian, English) both as printed and digital version.
  • holding a series of workshops in Switzerland’s three main language areas (Lugano, Geneva and Zurich) with the goal of presenting the DICE project and methodology together with real-life cases and discussing the topic with the present public.
  • developing a website ( serving as main reference point for people confronted with digital copyright issues in education within Switzerland.
  • developing an interactive case study tool with self-evaluation where users can test and train their knowledge about copyright issues by working through concrete real-life cases.
  • planning an expertise center in digital copyright that serves as information point for getting practical guidance to e-learning-related copyright issues in Switzerland (under development).

This project has been carried out as part of the “AAA/SWITCH – e-infrastructure for e-science” program under the leadership of SWITCH, the Swiss National Research and Education Network, and has been supported by funds from the State Secretariat for Education and Research (SER), the Federal Office for Professional Education and Technology (OPET) and ETH Board.