Wednesday, 14 January 2009

Jorum plans for 2009 and beyond....

The Jorum Team has been preparing to support the Open Educational Resources (OER) Programme call ( during its pilot phase. A full set of deposit and download services will be available during the 2009/10 academic year for both open and restricted content.

Meanwhile, the Jorum Team is gearing up to assist the acquisition of open content collections for safe keeping, as well as continuing to run the online search and download service for institutionally-authorised sharing of learning and teaching materials.

For the deposit side of ‘open’ sharing, two different licensing regimes have been devised. The main and preferred one is JorumOpen, intended for depositors having the necessary rights who wish to release materials open for anyone to use via the web under Creative Commons licences.

For depositors that see the need to limit availability of a collection to members of UK further and higher education institutions, authenticated via the Access Management Federation, they will be able to do this through JorumEducationUK. Jorum will also support sharing where additional restrictions need to be in place, for example where material licensed via JISC Collections or from third parties is involved, through a third set of JorumPlus licences and institutional authorisation (typically subscription).

The intention is that users will be able to search the whole Jorum repository via the website, then download materials deposited under Creative Commons licences without the need for log on (JorumOpen) with authenticated access required only where materials have been deposited with further licensing restrictions. In all cases, it will be for users of learning materials to respect the terms and conditions in any attached licence.

The Jorum Team would like to hear from anyone with open content collections intended for sharing via Jorum during this pilot phase of the OER programme, that are now in need of safe keeping. Please contact so we can assist with your requirements.

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