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The platform which hosts the applications has been developed to be sustainable, scaleable, and flexible. The use of the Lab by Open University students is key – it ensures that the platform will be maintained and developed as technology involves. It won’t suffer the same fate of slow decay that is common for project funded software. Its link to Moodle will help others to connect the Lab into the systems they use to manage student learning and the adoption of open industry standards will maximise the possibility that the applications will work with an array of devices and browsers.

Our aim has been to create a platform that is an effective aggregation point for applications from the OU and from partners across the world. We will have to maintain editorial standards but our robust technological base should facilitate global scientific and educational creativity.

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