Open Spires – A new view of Oxford’s Open projects

We’ve made it easier to see Oxford’s Open Educational projects – they are now all clearly grouped together and linked from a new site with updated introductory videos and search options : http://openspires.it.ox.ac.uk/ A great variety of open projects are … Continue reading

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Making learning available for everyone 

The University of Oxford’s iTunes U site goes from strength to strength, making sure that learning has a real impact in society.The University of Oxford’s iTunes U site was launched in October 2008 and now, as it approaches its sixth … Continue reading

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Open Science, Open Data and Policies on Open Access

Open Science 2013 event – http://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/series/open-science ‬ ‪In April 2013, Oxford hosted a conference ‘Rigour and Openness in 21st Century Science’. Over 30 speakers gathered to discuss the cutting edge of digital innovations in publishing, how openness is set to … Continue reading

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SPINDLE – Speech to Text to Keywords to Captions – The Grand Finale

SPINDLE: Increasing OER discoverability by improved keyword metadata via automatic speech to text transcription. A summary of the project  using the words of the voice-over that accompanies the SPINDLE overview video that documents the project. 1. Aim – Generate keywords automatically … Continue reading

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SPINDLE – Benefits and Impact

Project SPINDLE is about to end. As lead on the project here at the Academic IT services I’ve tried to summarise the main impact and benefits of the work: Training – improved skills within the OpenSpires and Media teams Discoverability -making … Continue reading

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SPINDLE Speech to text caption engine for media producers

The SPINDLE project is proud to announce we have now extended the functionality of the keyword extraction tool by creating a much bigger set of tools based around a captioning editor – the idea is that the tools will hide … Continue reading

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Searching the Great Writers Library

‘Libraries are the wardrobes of literature, whence men, properly informed may bring forth something for ornament, much for curiosity, and more for use’ William Dyer Are you looking for a particular ebook or a lecture on a literature topic? Try … Continue reading

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Great Writers goes global in iTunes

Today and for the rest of the week Apple is promoting through iTunesU our inspirational short ten minute talks by Oxford academics that form the basis of content collections for the Great Writers Inspire project. This kind of promotion usually … Continue reading

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Use Case: Better automatic keyword metadata for OER discoverability in media production

University media services are traditionally skilled as content creators and trained in audio and video filming and editing, yet are increasingly being tasked to provide media for multiple online open delivery platforms which entail complex workflows, new production costs and … Continue reading

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Great Writers Animation and all 10 minute taster talks released

Just a reminder that 12 audio and video recordings which were captured at our “Be Inspired” December & February events are now all live at http://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/series/great-writers-inspire. These provide a great introduction for students studying themes and writers that are related … Continue reading

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