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
OER World Map collects a lot of data. This is essential for making data centrally available, but as more is collected, the difficulty of finding a specific item increases, regardless of license or data content. Therefore, as data in OER World Map increases, it is very important to implement efficient and targeted search and ranking algorithms.
There are search algorithms, whose complexity, efficiency and confidentiality are impressive. The major search engines in the world are clear examples. Of course, a relatively small non-profit project as the OER World Map can not develop a such complex search algorithm from its own resources. This is also not desirable because the platform is built on the principles of transparency and openness. Continue reading
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
It has been a while since the last technical progress report has been published. Luckily, this is not because nothing has happened since, but rather because we were busy building things. This blog post briefly summarizes the most important of those things. Continue reading
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
NOVA’s OER-Based Associate Degree Project
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.
We recently published the OER Atlas, which gives a good overview on the actual state of the OER landscape in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The following post is a translation of the second chapter, which analyses and summarizes the collected data. Continue reading
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