A better login system for you

In the recent months we prepared the switch to a new open source login system (keycloak) which is more comfortable for world map users. In detail the new solution works far better with password managers (btw: Firefox Lockwise is available now). We hope to improve your experience while using the OER World Map!

There is one thing which affects you as a user regarding this internal system switch:

Please request a new password with “Forgot password” to re-enter your password

Because passwords are stored encrypted in our database we can not simply copy passwords from the old solution to our now open source solution. This is a good thing, because its proof that we take data protection seriously. In order to switch to the new login system you’ll need to request a password change and re-enter your password to the new system:

Request a new password:

You’ll be redirected to the “Forgot your password?” screen where you can enter your email address:

After entering and submitting the form you’ll see a confirmation message:

Please note: Due to security reasons there will always be a green confirmation message. If you’re not sure which email you used for your profile just wait a couple of minutes. If you receive a mail from us, it was correct. If not, just try another email address of yours, you can try to request a new password multiple times. The email will look like that:

After clicking the link in the email you’ll be redirected to this screen where you can re-enter your old password or you can choose a new one:

After submitting you’ll get a confirmation message. Everything is done now and you can just navigate to the world map and login as usual:

If you notice any errors please let us know via info@oerworldmap.org (or create an issue at https://github.com/hbz/oerworldmap/issues if you’re familiar with github).

Thanks very much for joining the journey!

OER World Map @ Free Education Alliance Germany Meeting

The OER world map project recently joined the Free Education Alliance Germany, the “Bündnis Freie Bildung”. The alliance members came together in Berlin to discuss strategies and activities for 2020.

The Free Education Alliance (Bündnis Freie Bildung, BFB) is a coalition of organizations and individuals with the common goal of establishing and promoting Open Educational Resources (OER) in politics and society. The alliance was founded on the initiative of Creative Commons Deutschland, Open Knowledge Foundation Deutschland and Wikimedia Deutschland and is a forum for organizations, institutions and individuals working for open licenses in education.

Position paper 2015

Find out more about the Bündnis Freie Bildung on oerworldmap.org.

Some impressions:

Giving back to the community

Many resources in the development of the OER world map went into simple questions like “What is the best taxonomy of disciplines?” or what subtypes of organizations exist in the world? Behind every form field on oerworldmap.org there was most likely a lengthy discussion some time ago. 😉 Many of them are also openly documented in the issue-section of our Github-repository. We’re happy that we can now share our experiences and knowledge with current initiatives in the context of OER. Good luck to all these projects, here are just two examples of our team-member Adrian Pohl commenting on some basic, but very important questions:

H5P content hub


Comment by Adrian Pohl regarding blog post “vodoo categorisation”

UI update: More details, please!

Screenshot of “OERinfo OER funding germany

In our last sprint we decided to tweak the UI a little bit regarding our linked (open) data approach. All entries are stored as Linked Open Data, which means entries can be linked to other entries. You can now see all linked entries of an entry with a thumbnail and a small description (if provided in the linked entry). Take for example the entry “Open Education Italia”. All operators are now listed with description and image (if provided).

This is also handy for events – you can add presenters (if they have a profile on OER world map) and you can add yourself to an event as attendee.

Here it’s how it’s done if you want to add yourself to an event:

Add yourself as attending to an event

And here you can add a presenter to an event:

Add someone else as presenter to an event

With this tweak we hope to enable a better user experience for you! Have fun with it!

Let’s sprint again :)

This week is sprint time again. 🙂 In the last months we switched to a sprint-logic to organize the further development of the OER world map (oerworldmap.org). All results of our work is of course available as Open Source (see our github project repository). The main development is done by Felix Ostrowski and Daniel Doblado in Berlin, while Jan Neumann coordinates the project efforts at the North Rhine-Westphalian Library Center (hbz) in Cologne (with a little support by myself, Matthias Andrasch). Thanks to everyone providing us with valuable feedback and using the OER World Map!

You can follow our progress on Github (hbz/oerworldmap):

This week we address the issue that our login interface is not very accessible, so we would like to integrate keycloak (Open Source Identity and Access Management) into the OER World Map.

Also we addressed a lot of user interface related improvements, we redesigned the sidebar for example. Most importantly we introduced a new Pin Switch to let you, the users, navigate in countries and regions more easily:

I’m also very excited for a new feature idea, which is currently in development: Live events

And if you haven’t noticed yet: You can check out what is happening on the OER World Map with the Activity Feed

We hope you’ll like the new features and additions!

Join the OER Policy Lab @ OER19! #OERPolicyLab

In cooperation with the OER19 conference team and the Centrum Cyfrowe, the OER World Map project organizes the first OER POLICY Lab. The event will take place one day before the start of the official OER19 conference:

UPDATE: THE OFFICIAL AGENDA – Hashtag on Twitter: #OERPolicyLab

Tuesday, the 9th of April 2019 from 10:00 till 17:00 in Galway, Ireland

The event will take place at the

Arts Millennium Building
(in the centre of the NUI Galway campus, across from the Library)
Room: AM 207

The workshop will aim to:

  1. Collect global OER policies, with a special focus on Europe
  2. Identify new functionality needed for the OER Policy Registry
  3. Develop a global network of OE Policy Experts who want to cooperate in order to facilitate global mainstreaming of Open Education

Invited are experienced and soon-to-be experts on OER and Policy Making who are willing to devote a day of practical working. We have limited funds available to support travelling and accomodation. So in case you think you can contribute to the event but need additional support, please contact us at info@oerworldmap.org.


We are looking forward to a productive day of cooperation with you!

Designing the new OER Policy Registry

As previously announced Creative Commons and the OER World Map project are currently working on the relaunch of the OER Policy Registry. An initial version, which already includes the data of the former registry, is already available.

The redesign of the registry was intensively discussed by a group of dedicated OER Policy specialists at the third OE Policy Forum, which took place in Warsaw last October. The following post summarizes the discussion, specifies important new functionality and points out remaining open questions.

We try to develop the new OER Policy Registry as open and transparent as possible and everybody is invited to participate! In order to do so, please share your ideas for cool new features with us, either replying on our blog, commenting directly on github or sending us a mail. You can also support the project by adding missing policies to the new registry!

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