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Important information about OpenTree the library game

Owing to the withdrawal of support from the supplier for OpenTree, Library Services have made the decision to withdraw OpenTree from service. The OpenTree website will be closing down on 4 July 2017.

For more information about the closedown of OpenTree please read on.

Information about the closedown of OpenTree

Why is OpenTree closing?

The developers and suppliers of OpenTree have decided not to continue to provide support for the software. It would be a risk for the Open University to continue to run the system without their support so the decision has been made to withdraw OpenTree from service.

How do I get a record of my participation in OpenTree?

Before OpenTree closes (on 4 July 2017) you can take screen shots of any of your screens in OpenTree. Your MyProfile page will contain your points and badges. After the system is decommissioned it won’t be possible to provide a record of participation as the information will be destroyed.

How do I get a list of all the resources, tags, recommendations and reviews?

If you would like to get a list of the library resources that you have accessed contact with your request, include your Open University Computer Username (OUCU).

The tags, reviews and recommendations cannot be extracted through this route as they are contained in the main OpenTree system. To get this information you will need to take screenshots of these pages before OpenTree closes, as there is no export feature from OpenTree.

Alternatively the experimental tool ‘My Recent Resources’ may show a list of the resources you’ve accessed. My Recent Resources can be accessed from the 'Beta tools' page.

What happens to the OpenTree system and data?

Once the system has been closed down OpenTree will be decommissioned. The OpenTree database will be shut down and all personal data will be deleted.

The lists of resources that you have accessed are drawn from other library systems so we can extract them and send them to you. Please contact to request a list of resources.

I really liked some of the features of OpenTree, will they be reintroduced?

There were some nice features of OpenTree, the challenges for example, and we will look at how we can incorporate these sorts of features into some of our mainstream services in the future.

How do I get more information about this?

For more information please contact –

Until 4 July 2017 OpenTree is available to all OU students and staff. It's been designed to help you explore and share resources from the Open University online library.

What can you do on OpenTree?

OpenTree is available until 4th July 2017.

You have to have an OU login to register. Once you’ve created your profile, you’ll be able to:

  • earn points and badges for accessing online library resources and web pages
  • tag and keep track of the resources you’ve accessed
  • meet and 'follow' other students and staff, and see what resources they're accessing
  • review resources, and recommend them to your friends
  • have a go at challenges that direct you to online resources you might not know about.

You'll find more detailed information about the site on the About OpenTree page.

Your OpenTree profile

OpenTree isn't linked to your OU student record. Any changes to your student record, such as to your preferred email addresses, won't be reflected on your OpenTree account, and vice versa.

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