Moving the OER Policy Registry to the OER World Map


Creative Commons defines OER policies “as legislation, institutional policies, and/or funder mandates that lead to the creation, increased use, and/or support for improving OER”. OER policy making has been of major concern within the global open education movement, since policies – at their best – can be powerful top-down-instruments which can support the mainstreaming of OER on national, provincial / state and institutional levels.

To support the development and implementation of effective OER policies, Creative Commons provides the Open Educational Resources (OER) Policy Registry, a database of current and proposed open education policies from around the world. The registry allows anybody to easily share, update, and browse open education policies and legislation. It also hosts supporting policy resources such as case studies and guides.

During Open Education Global Conference 2018, Creative Commons and the OER World Map Project agreed to migrate the registry to the OER World Map for two reasons:

  1. The OER World Map already lists open education people, projects and services around the world. Adding open policies as a new layer to the OER World Map enables open advocates and policy makers to get a more complete picture of all open education activities in a particular country or region.
  2. Within the wider collection strategy of the OER World Map, the OER Policy Registry can act as a rapid alert system by identifying powerful new policies, which are expected to result in projects, programs as well as in services and new open educational practices (see figure 1).

The OER World Map Collection Strategy 2019

After an initial phase of conceptual discussion, the project recently started its practical work with the import of the existing policies from the OER policy registry to the OER World Map. Following an agile approach, we note that this import is just the first iteration, these policies need to be checked and updated, new open education policies need to be added (a short manual describing how to do so), and the OER World Map will need additional features to fully leverage this new open policy layer.

The next step will be a discussion of the project during the Third OER Policy Forum, which will take place in Warsaw 15-16 October 2018. Goals of the workshop will be to:

  • identify the needs of open education policy practitioners related to an ideal design of the policy layer on the OER World Map
  • form an initial group of dedicated Open Education Policy Experts, which are willing to cooperate on updating and maintaining the policy layer on the OER World Map in the coming months and years.

Concrete Questions we would like to discuss with participants of the OER Policy Forum are:

  1. What exactly are open education policies and what is the goal of the policy layer on the OER World Map?
  2. What functionality does a dedicated group of open education experts need to update and maintain the policy layer?
  3. How can open education policies be described with metadata and clustered?
  4. In addition to the policy layer on the OER World Map, should we also build an external Open Education Policy website, which is driven by OER World Map policy data? Or will the policy functionalities in the OER World Map be sufficient?

Further information can be found in our working paper as well as in the OER World Map Github (First Iteration, Second Iteration). Every participant of the OER Policy Forum is invited to join the workshops. If you cannot join us, please feel invited to join the discussion by commenting on the working paper or related github issues, or by contacting us directly under


Third Team Meeting 2018 in Cologne

Our third team meeting for 2018 from the 27th to the 28th September again took place at Cologne at the North Rhine-Westphalian Library Centre (hbz), where four people of the OER World Map team are working. Rob Farrow from the Open University in Milton Keynes, UK, and our four colleagues from Berlin joined us. The two days were filled with lively discussions on our plans for future collaborations. On the second day also a lot of practical work was done. Continue reading

OER World Map – UK Country View 2018 #altc

To mark the first day of ALT-C, the UK’s foremost conference for educational technologists, we are happy to share with you a UK version of the OER World Map and invite you to authenticate and improve the data.

The OER World Map collects and visualizes data on actors and activities in the field of open education worldwide. The goal is to accelerate the evolution of the global OER ecosystem by providing a comprehensive and responsive picture of the OER movement.

There are now more than 200 entries recorded in the system for the UK  – a combination of people, events, stories, tools, projects and institutions making up the world of open education (beginning with the JISC OER project).   We hope you find it useful and maybe it will even enable you to make a new connection or two.

We’re really keen to capture even more of what’s going on in 2018 and beyond. To add data about yourself or your activity you can follow the instructions at

If you want to embed your own version of the UK map you can do so using the following code:

Wishing you a great conference from the OER World Map team!

Globe held by hand

My organisation / my project has shown up on the OER World Map. What do I have to do about this?

On the OER World Map the OER community is collecting information on the growing number of actors and activities in the field of open education worldwide and maybe somebody has added your OER project or your organisation. To be able to edit the entry and to add further information you simply have to register yourself! When you are logged in you can start editing: Continue reading

Catalysing Open Innovation: OER World Map at #oer18 and #oeglobal18

It’s been a busy period for the OER World Map team! There has been a lot of development work taking place – including a new brand identity and UI overhaul for the OER World Map (which has a great new landing page).  The refresh was launched at OER18: Open to All – 9th Annual Conference for Open Education Research, Practice and Policy which took place in Bristol, UK between the 18-19th April.  The event was used to assess the use of the map as a tool for collecting and visualising data about conference attendance and activity. Continue reading

Wie sieht eine ideale Projektdokumentation der OERinfo-Projekte auf der OER World Map aus?

(Because this article addresses directly to the members of the German OERinfo program it is written in German.)

Alle OERinfo-Projekte sind auf der OER World Map eingetragen und wichtige Informationen sind bereits vorhanden, vielen Dank für Ihre Mitarbeit!

Wir sehen die Dokumentation der OERinfo-Projekte hier auf der OER World Map als Pilotprojekt für die Dokumentation nationaler und internationaler OER-Verbundprojekte. Als Partner der Informationsstelle OER bieten wir die Infrastruktur zum Sammeln, Verknüpfen und Auffinden von projektbezogenen Informationen. Continue reading

Team spirit, CC0

Was sind die Lessons Learned der Projekte des OERinfo-Förderprogramms?

(Because this article addresses directly to the members of the German OERinfo program it is written in German.)

Die ersten Projekte, die unter Förderrichtlinie OERinfo gefördert werden, laufen zum
30. April 2018 aus. Nicht mehr lange hin also! Zeit, sich daran zu machen, die Ergebnisse von 18 Monaten intensiven Arbeitens, Forschens und Lehrens auch über die Projektdauer hinaus optimal verfügbar zu machen! Und zwar die Ergebnisse hier mal nicht im Sinne von produzierten Bildungsmaterialien oder neu hinzugewonnenen Mitstreitern in Sachen OER, sondern im Hinblick auf das Projekt selbst: Continue reading