GÉANT Open Education Resource hub and portal service

Born as an idea in the former Task Force on Media and funded as a small project by the GÉANT Association’s Amsterdam office (formerly TERENA) in 2014, the OER service architecture has two major components. The metadata harvester and aggregation engine uses standard protocols such as RSS (Rich Site Summary) and OAI-PMH (Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting) to collect information about mutimedia recordings and learning objects that are stored in connected national and institutional content repositories. The aggregated, translated and filtered, good-quality metadata are made available on a web portal front-end for testing and demonstration purposes. Abstract The Open Educational Resource portal pilot is an ongoing effort to create a central hub for metadata aggregation for the education and research community. The hub will collect information about online learning content (metadata) to create a one-stop-shop for national learning resource providers and their users, using AAI federations. One of the most important goals of the OER portal initiative is to address the gap between the national repositories and the emerging global repositories, such as GLOBE. The OER service intends to aggregate metadata at the European level, which would help participating Universities and NRENs to bring the learning resources' information (metadata only not the object itself, the content remains in its original repository) at the higher level by stepping from the national to the pan-European and later global level of aggregation and creating the critical mass. At the moment, it is really hard to find search engines or portal sites which can usefully aggregate open educational materials, for example free text books contained in open repositories. The main reason for this is that purely web-based search engines like Google, Yahoo and Bing don't have crawler access to content outside of the world wide web (www) domain. Many OE resources are on the Internet, but not on the public www domain, which is part of the Internet, but not equal to the Internet. Hence, with public search engines you can easily get to the front-end web portals of the various institutional content repositories and collect information from there (with an example being http://www.openeducationeuropa.eu/) but you cannot get deeper into the repositories, where the meat of the content is located.

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