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!
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!
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:
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 email@example.com.
The following project update was sent to the Athabasca
OER-community list at the 4th of October 2016.
Dear friends of the OER World Map,
I hope you all had a great summer break! I would like to give you an update of the development of the OER World Map project. As many of you will know, this work followed from the initial discussion in this community 2012. 2013 the Hewlett Foundation decided to fund the project. After an initial development of several prototypes, the North-Rhine Westphalian Library Service Centre (hbz) based in Cologne, Germany, started developing a production system in 2015. All proposals are available online.
The OER World Map can be seen as an Social Education Management Information System which aims at accelerating the evolution of the global OER ecosystem by strengthening the ability of the OER community to organize itself. It combines elements of a social networking platform, a business information system, a geoinformation system and a library catalogue and will contribute to overcoming the challenge of mainstreaming OER by collecting and visualizing the building blocks of the global OER ecosystem. By doing so, it connects OER actors with each other, facilitates sharing of experiences and resources between them and fosters collective learning. At the same time it provides a sound operational information basis for developing infrastructure and policies in favor of Open Education. Continue reading “Update to the OER community”→
Last week, during the OERde 16 Festival, we published the first Version of the OER Atlas. The OERde 16 Festival was a major OER event, organized by Jöran und Konsorten and oncampus, which took place in Berlin (28th February – 1st March). The festival consisted out of several events, starting with a two day barcamp, followed by a one day expert forum, which aimed at connecting OER activists with OER policymakers. The glamorous highlight of the festival was the OER-Award, which recognized established OER initiatives as well as promising newcomers.
The OER World Map project was one of several partners of the festival and jointly responsible for the generation of the OER Atlas, a printed book with 102 pages, which documents OER activities from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Though a printed book might seem somewhat anachronistic, we assumed that there are many people – especially within the field of policy making – who still prefer print. Continue reading “Printing the OER World Map: The OER Atlas”→