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Our Team Meeting at Milton Keynes

Like many other projects the OER World Map is driven by a virtual team, which is working distributed in different cities, which are in our case Cologne, Berlin and Milton Keynes. Though cooperation via the net works pretty well, it does not replace meeting personal for many reasons. Therefore we emphasize meeting personally on a regular basis.   

From the 7th to the 9th of september our English colleague Rob was the host for our “physical team meeting”. We met at the Institute of Educational Technology  of The Open University in Milton Keynes. Many thanks for the hospitality and for the guided tour through research labs of the institute! Continue reading

Video stories are now online

We now have our first video content available through OER World Map! You can review the entries at the following URLs:

Open Educational Resources in Africa
https://oerworldmap.org/resource/urn:uuid:d00a0e9b-66b1-47bc-a0ef-f5d90b77ee5a

NOVA’s OER-Based Associate Degree Project
https://oerworldmap.org/resource/?q=associate#urn:uuid:9af4551b-8b8d-4be6-88af-1f055d450bf7

We hope to add more stories in this way over the coming months.  If you have a video relating to OER that you would like to share with the community then get in touch.

Content published on YouTube with a licence that permits sharing can easily be repurposed for the map in this way using the embed code provided in the sharing menu.

 

 

 

Can we map Open Education Week?

During a small research project starting during Open Education Week, we will try to look for ways to map Open Education Week, e.g. to put the activities of Open Education Week on the OER World Map.

Our interest in mapping Open Education Week data is twofold: on the one hand we made progress defining our data model by taking real world examples and trying to model them on the OER World Map. Initially we used OER stories for doing this on a micro level, targeting individual actors and activities. Just recently we produced the OER Atlas, giving us the experience of collecting data of a complete country. Collecting Open Education Week data will provide us with another interesting example of collecting real world data on a macro level. Continue reading

Printing the OER World Map: The OER Atlas

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

Platform progress report v1.0

Just before the end of a busy year, this post briefly summarizes the last steps takes towards the release of v1.0 of the OER World Map, the final one for phase II of the project.

Input templates

Screenshot from 2015-12-21 12:49:53

The basic input templates have been refined. Most importantly, look-up functionalities for different value types are in place, which significantly enhances the usability. Controlled vocabularies such as the subject classification are presented in their hierarchies. The target audience(s) of a service can be entered in a similar way.

Screenshot from 2015-12-21 12:54:43

Linking entries with one another is another major use-case, consider e.g. adding a contact person to an organization. In the same way, services can be linked to their providers, projects with their participants etc pp. This lets the OER World Map grow into a highly interlinked database that allows to reveal many explicit and implicit connections.

Screenshot from 2015-12-21 13:26:36

The language of text values can easily be set and currently defaults to English. While not it is not exposed yet, we do support gathering multilingual data.

Events have been added to the data model and the input templates. An enhanced location-lookup widget is still in the making.

Export

Query results can now also be downloaded as CSV to be further processed as a spreadsheet. The UI is currently not exposing this functionality yet, nevertheless it is available using content negotiation.

$ curl -H "Accept: text/csv" "https://beta.oerworldmap.org/resource/?filter.about.location.address.addressCountry=DE&filter.about.@type=Organization"

JSON can be be obtained in the same way, using the corresponding header “Accept: application/json”. Expect the different representations to be available from the UI early 2016.

Widget

The map of individual countries can now be embedded into external website with ease. A precondition for this is that iframe-tags are supported by the target platform:

https://beta.oerworldmap.org/country/de?embed=true

This blog for example is hosted on wordpress.com which does not allow iframes. Being hosted, we cannot add the plugin that would allow us to do so. See this post on blogger.com for an example:

Outlook

We look forward to working on phase III of the OER World Map project. Refinements of all major functionalities are planned for 2016, see the proposal for more information. Happy Holidays!