About OpenSpires

OpenSpires – Free thinking from Oxford University.

This Open Educational Resources project was initially a year long project funded by HEFCE and the JISC formally finishing in  April 2010.The  Learning Technologies Group, Oxford University IT Services, University of Oxford has released for reuse over 2,000 lectures and talks from Oxford University academics. The main OpenSpires site has a searchable collection of material and also project resources connected with the management of the project.

OpenSpires has two purposes:

  • to increase the amount of audio and video content released from Oxford as Open Content Resources (OER),
  • to enable the University to investigate and disseminate the institutional implications of making some of this material available as ‘Open Content’.

The OpenSpires project builds upon the Oxford on iTunes U podcasting service launched in October 2008, which has widespread participation from Oxford academics. Oxford podcasts currently include recordings of public lectures, including those from eminent visiting speakers, interviews with researchers, and conference presentations. OpenSpires will have a global impact, as the free-to-download resources are in many cases from speakers, researchers and visiting lecturers with high international profiles.

By summer 2012 over 2,000 podcasts are available from OpenSpires under Creative Commons licences and they can be found listed by series at http://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/open

The Open Spires work has continued with further initiatives and projects including:

Ripple – Resources to help release Open Content

Politics Inspires – Open Content supported by a political commentary

Great Writers Inspires – ebooks, essays and lectures themed around the Great Writers

SPINDLE – a technical project on indexing Speech


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