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Project name: OER World Map











Project website: Prototype Http://

Project Wiki Http://

What research questions the project addresses, aims & themes

Since discussions first began around an OER Map (D’Antoni, 2012) much progress has been made in OER mapping initiatives.  Maps currently exist for OER repositories, OER projects, OER policies, open data and open access.  Yet much of the data contained within existing maps is partial, and efforts need to be made to consolidate this data in order to fully realize the potential of an OER Map as a shared, objective understanding of the world of open education.  OER World Map is intended as both a technical solution to managing this information openly, but also as a human project which will meet the needs of OER stakeholders around the world.  In summary, there are three main types of problems which could be addressed by the OER World Map:

  1. Finding OER in order to support concrete learning/teaching
  2. Supporting communication between stakeholders in order to facilitate the self-organizing processes of the OER movement.
  3. Collecting information about the state of the OER movement in order to provide evidence for improved decision making.

 How the research questions are addressed by the project (methodology and activity/environment)

 IET involvement in this project builds on work from the OLnet and OER Research Hub projects, which both attempted to improve understanding of the global impact of Open Educational Resources (OER).  OER Impact Map was built to record evidence of impact across key research hypotheses as well as policies established in support of OER.  The goal of the project is to develop a working socio-technical system. Both parts of this system — humans and technology — have to be addressed appropriately to facilitate success.

 Current activities

  • Developing use cases
  • Building a robust ontology
  • Building the technical architecture
  • Communications and outreach

Publications (and ORO feed)

Farrow, R. (2014). OER Research Hub: OER Impact Map Development Brief – Report. Open University, August 2014.

People involved

Rob Farrow (IET)

Project partners and links

Hochschulbibliothekszentrum des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen (hbz)


Hewlett Foundation

Start Date and duration

Jan 2015 for 18 months


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