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New year goodies

On 13/1/2010 we held our 4th OER Steering Group Meeting. The report that was submitted to that meeting and the minutes for the 3rd meeting that took place the previous November are available from : .   Essential reading for anyone interested in the progress of our project. As noted in earlier blogs, last November, […]

Exeter at ascilite 2009

Ascilite conference, Auckland, New Zealand, 5th-9th December 2009 Some personal reflections by Tom Browne Introduction The motivation to attend the ascilite conference, and our means of funding, was that the University of Exeter is currently engaged in a JISC-funded project to explore the potential of an institutional repository for open educational resources (OER). Further details […]

Taking Stock

As we move towards the Christmas break we have started to take stock of how we have been progressing. We currently have close to 150 credits of material cleared of copyright issues, out of a pool of around 500 we have acquired so far. There are two main issues that dominate our thoughts at present: […]

Staff Development

On the 17th November, we ran our 1st staff development workshop. It was run in conjunction with 3 colleagues from the Open University – Grainne Conole, Rebecca Galley and Giota Alevizou. The day was broadly divided into 2 halves, with most participants electing to attend for just the a.m. or p.m. Given that it was […]

Content packages

Today we took a look at Reload which we are considering using as the content package for uploading our materials. We’d be interested to hear what others are using, or thinking of using for this process. We’re also paying attention to accessibility issues as it’s easy in the tangle of formats and packaging and the […]

November blues

The weather is closing in and we are losing approx. 4 mins of our precious daylight each day but our project rolls on. We had our 3rd internal Steering Group meeting yesterday. Our report is available from:  The Report updates on progress for each our of workpackages.    But we have got to that stage […]

Hellos and Goodbyes

We gathered today to first of all welcome James Peard to the team. James replaces Ian and is working 50% with us. We also said farewell to Olivia Dunn who is leaving for pastures new. Regarding material, the good news is that more continues to come in. The bad news is that much of it […]

Metadata Update

Today we met with Ahmed for an update on metadata. For the project he has finalised the metadata schema that we are going to use based on Dublin Core Terms. Our schema can be found here:- We also met with the Integration & Web Services team who are going to be configuring our DSpace […]

ET Collective – Risks, Rights and Reflections

Now everyone’s back it seems a good time to take stock of where we are to date. Units continue to come through albeit at a reduced rate as the academics busily head into the new term. As we get into the nitty gritty of the project, more and more IPR/copyright issues rear their heads. We […]

New Website Address

We have a shiny new website and the new link is:- The content is the same but a lot has changed in the background and the layout has been updated.