The idea behind the OER World Map ‘Country Champion’ network is to develop a group of people and institutions who will support the World Map project by collecting OER data and stories from their country and ensure its quality through editorial control. This post describes who can become a champion, what a champion should do, how you can benefit from being a champion and what to do next if you would like to become a champion. The post is an updated version of an earlier post, which reflects the development of the concept within the last months.
1. What does it to become a country champion?
As an OER World Map Country Champion you
- edicated to openness as defined by the Open Definition and the 5R framework. This dedication is absolutely mandatory and should be proven by prior activity in the field of OER or the related fields of Open Access, Open Education, Open Source etc.
- well connected to your local OER community.
- an institution, since we believe that institutions do provide a certain sustainability. this is not compulsory. Especially for small countrieswhich have not been in the center of the OER movement we are happy to cooperate with engaged individuals. Examples for institutions would be private or public education institutions, research institutes, libraries or NGO`s like Creative Commons, Wikimedia or the Open Knowledge Foundation. Even commercial cooperation’s could apply, but only if truly dedicated to openness!
- illing to develop a national networks of volunteers.
- peak English.
- fun engaging for OER!
2. Things to do as a country champion
Get used to the OER World Map platform
A good way to start is looking at the OER World Map. Interesting pages are the country views as well as the service descriptions. Other sources of information are our blog, our initial data model as well as our GitHub system. In the future we might also offer some training webinars in order to demonstrate how to handle complicated data entries.
Send us one or several OER stories.
We raised a call for stories. The stories should describe different kinds of OER related activities (e.g. teaching with OER, producing OER, etc.) and should give the interested reader a chance to learn. We will extract the data included in the stories and put them onto the map. Until we offer templates, this will be the data input.
Rise awareness of the OER World Map Project in your country
e.g. by using Twitter, Facebook, you blog or speaking about it conference.
Develop the needed know-how
We try to develop the platform easy Nevertheless we have learned that For example it can be difficult sometime to distinguish between an institution, a project which is driven by the institution and a service, which is developed within a project. According to our data model these are three different entries. it can be to decide on the level of openness a service . All in all some intellectual preparation for sure will do no harm. One to prepar is reading the stories and ing how the integrated data was extracted. provide a short explanatory videowebinars for country champion networks.
Collect and input data
Data collection and input will often be done by using our input templates, which will be available October. If you already have lots of data, which should be put on the map, it will also be possible to import it by using our API.
Participate in the “OER World Map Edit-A-Ton”
This will be a community event, which will be hold at the end of or the beginning of . The aim will be to the orld ap
Assure data quality
We hope that, as soon as a critical mass is achieved, new OER projects will start to input their data automatically in order to. that it will be easier for volunteers to refine and enrich data . n the long run we expect that the focus of the country champion networks will move from data input to data quality assurance.
Look for opportunities for data reuse
Grow the network
Last but not least you should and find new members so that the work is spread on many shoulders.
. What is the minimum amount of work you have to do?
If all this sounds like a lot of work to you, don`t panic At the moment it is very difficult for us to estimate how much work editing the world map will be. We believe that for many countries it will make a good start to spend a weekend on data collection. But for sure this varies according to the size of the country and the intensity of its OER activity. The entry of a complete data set can take , especially if it is a service which you want to classify according to the provided subjects. Nevertheless you should not forget that you are not obliged to anything. We understand that you do this work voluntarily and that your time is restricted o not every point of the list has to be provided, and not every entry has to be complete from the beginning on. L
. What to do next?
If you are interested in becoming part of the OER World Map country champion network, please contact us under firstname.lastname@example.org. We are looking forward to hear from you!
become part of the OER World Map ountry hampion network you should write us an email which shortly describes who you are, what you do and why you are dedicated to openness. Please add your address including email an other channels to contact you. You can also add a photo of yours
We are looking forward to hear from you!