Open Source Learning Repositories

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Last Updated on Sep 12, 2014

Open Source Learning Repositories may refer to one (or both) of the following:

  • The first sense of the term refers to open source software systems designed to facilitate one or more of a number of functions, including the storage, description, discovery, delivery, and/or management of learning assets. Although a number of digital asset management and enterprise content management applications are available as open source, two of the most commonly employed systems in this space are DSpace and Fedora Commons (Fedora stands for "Flexible Extensible Digital Object Repository Architecture," and is distinct from the Fedora Core Linux-based operating system). Although it lacks dedicated digital asset management functionality, Alfresco is also commonly employed as an enterprise content management solution.
  • The second sense refer to collections of open educational resources (OER) that—within the bounds defined by their licensing agreements—be freely re-used in instruction or re-packaged/re-distributed in other educational contexts (e.g., in open textbooks).

Open Source Learning Repositories at the University of Minnesota
A number of units at the University have worked with open source repository applications, including the University Libraries' Digital Conservancy, which is built around a DSpace engine. In the area of open educational resources, the College of Education and Human Development's Open Textbook Library initiative has received considerable attention.