hbz receives Hewlett Foundation grant to prototype OER world map

For years, the North Rhine-Westphalian Library Service Center (hbz) has been active within the fields of Open Access, Open Data and recently also Open Educational Resources (OER). Today, we are very happy to announce that the hbz together with Felix Ostrowski (graphthinking) will be funded by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to build a prototype for an OER World Map. The OER World Map aims at collecting data about OER initiatives and providing a visualization of the growing OER movement.

Together with the University of Campinas (UNICAMP) and the Institute for Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME), hbz is one of the organizations whose proposals were selected as top three out of twenty proposals received for the OER World Map request for participation. According to the Hewlett Foundation's decision notification, the three proposals "demonstrated clarity of focus, adept project planning, ability to implement and scale, strong technical expertise, and experience collaborating with the international OER community".

The prototype will be developed by Felix and the lobid team from February to mid-April 2014 and will be built reusing the technology stack developed for the lobid API. It will be extended by a Drupal editing frontend and a JavaScript map frontend for user interaction with the data. See the proposal for details.

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