OLCOS Exemplary Collection of Open Content Repositories

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Selection of Open Content Repositories

We provide a selection of Open Education Content Repositories.


ARIADNE [English]

A European Association open to the World, for Knowledge Sharing and Reuse. The core of the ARIADNE infrastructure is a distributed network of learning repositories. Offers links to federated searches in several networks and repositories.

OER respositories [English]

UNESCO/IIEP hosts a Wiki that offers a list of several portals, gateways and repositories. It is a list of links to OER initiatives, resources and tools was compiled following the first IIEP discussion forum on Open Educational Resources (24 October - 2 December 2005).

OpenCourseWare-Repositories [Deutsch]

List of open course ware initiatives from around the world created by Marc Jelitto, phD student of the Institut für Umweltkommunikation of the Lüneburg University.

Resource Discovery Network (RDN) [English]

The UK's free national gateway to Internet resources for the teaching, learning and research community. The RDN is a collaboration of over seventy educational and research organisations, including the Natural History Museum and the British Library. The service links to resources through a series of subject-based information gateways. Although primarily aimed at users in UK higher and further education, the network is freely available to all. Over 100,000 resources

UniversitySurf [French]

E-learning portal, hosted by the University of Bourgogne. UniversitySurf offers free and open access to teaching materials and resources from French universities and schools, national research centres (CNRS), Francophone universities worldwide and many personal teaching sites. Resources are searchable by level and discipline. Users can suggest links to new teaching materials. Educators can put their own resources online through the portal, using Moodle. The portal also gathers information on higher education in France and open and distance learning. 1,400 courses and links to thousands more online resources in French


Bildung [German]

Content repository of the Austrian ministry of education.


Database of web-based resources useful for teaching and learning. It is organised around Australian curriculum, its tools are free to Australian educators, it is funded by the bodies responsible for education provision in Australia - all Australian governments and it is run by a non-profit company. It has more than 14.000 resources.

Iconex Learning Objects Repository [English]

Provides access to aproximatly 80 online course material. This project aimed to investigate the key issues surrounding the identification, description, location, use and integration of interactive content through technical development, UK national consultation and exemplar aggregation.

MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching) [English]

A free and open resource designed primarily for faculty and students of higher education. Specifically, MERLOT is a growing catalogue of online learning materials, peer reviews, learning assignments, and user comments, organized by discipline into specific discipline communities and created to help faculty enhance their instruction, that anyone can use for free. At the moment has more than 14,000 resources.

National Learning Network (NLN) [English]

A national partnership programme designed to increase the uptake of Information and Learning Technology across post-16 education in England. High quality e-learning materials are now available free to FE colleges through the NLN partnership programme. Example materials can be viewed from their website.

Open Courseware Directory (OCD) [English]

It is an annotated listing of publicly available courseware (lecture notes, handouts, slides, tutorial material, exam questions, quizzes, videos, demonstrations etc) from the world's universities, colleges and other educational institutes. You will find 7 groups of Subject-specific open coursewares. It was created and is mantain by iberry.com a non-profit private website, serving the international academic community.

Open Educational Resources Development Gateway Community [English]

A worldwide OER clearinghouse. The African Virtual University and Utah State University's Center for Open and Sustainable Learning serve as expert guides, and work with members, cooperating organizations and other volunteers to provide high quality learning content, tools and implementation resources to the community. It has arround 500 resources.

World Lecture Hall

World Lecture Hall publishes links to pages created by faculty worldwide who are using the Web to deliver course materials in any language. Some courses are delivered entirely over the Internet. Others are designed for students in residence. Many fall somewhere in between. In all cases, they can be visited by anyone interested in courseware on the Internet. Materials include syllabi, course notes, assignments, and audio and video streaming. World Lecture Hall is a project of the Center for Instructional Technologies at the University of Texas at Austin.

Apple Learning Interchange - Teaching & Learning

Mantained by Apple.

AT&T Knowledge Network Explorer: Blue Web'n Homepage

Mantained by AT&T. Blue Web'n is an online library of outstanding Internet sites categorized by subject, grade level, and format (tools, references, lessons, hotlists, resources, tutorials, activities, projects). Sites are categorized by subject based on the California State Frameworks, Dewey Decimal Numbers, grade level and, finally, by format.

Canada's SchoolNet

In English and French. SchoolNet is a partnership with the provincial and territorial governments , the education community and the private sector in Canada, which promotes the effective use of information and communications technologies (ICT) in learning.

CLOE Co-operative Learning Object Exchange

The Co-operative Learning Object Exchange (CLOE) is a collaboration between Ontario (Canada) universities and colleges for the development, sharing, and reuse of multimedia-rich learning resources. This occurs through the CLOE Learning Object repository.

Each institution develops multimedia learning resources to address instructional challenges shared by the other partners, or uses/adapts learning objects created at another partner institution to use at their own institution.


Connexions is an environment for collaboratively developing, freely sharing, and rapidly publishing scholarly content on the Web. Mantained by Rice University.


A consortium effort to provide teachers with quality materials and tools.


An initiative by the University of Wisconsin to identify, evaluate, catalog, and align to the Wisconsin education standards resources that are already on the internet such as lesson plans and reference materials. These resources are then made available from the ide@s search engine.

OpenLearn LearningSpace

Free and open educational resources for learners and educators around the world. Mantained by the Open University. Creative Commons licensed.

86 resources in Arts & History, Bussiness and Management, Education, IT and Computing...

Lola: Learning Objects Learning Activities

LoLa is an exchange for facilitating the sharing of high-quality learning objects. It contains materials for use across the curriculum, with a particular focus on modules for Information Literacy.

maricopa learning exchange (MLX)

The Maricopa Learning eXchange (MLX) is an electronic warehouse of ideas, examples, and resources (represented as "packages") that support student learning at the Maricopa Community Colleges.

MIT OpenCourseWare

MIT OCW is a large-scale, Web-based electronic publishing initiative funded jointly by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation , MIT, and generous support of the Ab Initio software company.

Its goals are to: (i) Provide free, searchable, access to MIT's course materials for educators, students, and self-learners around the world, and (ii) Extend the reach and impact of MIT OCW and the "opencourseware" concept.


Mantained by the PBS. K-12 oriented.


Math World [English]

A mathematical specific repository, created by Wolfram Research. Contains resources about algebra, applied mathematics, calculus and analysis, discrete mathematics, geometry, history, number theory, probability ans statistics and topology, among others.

One interesting kind of resource is the classroom, which provides a set of pop-up "capsule summaries" for more than 300 mathematical terms.

The HTML headers of each page contain Dublin Core and Mathematics Subject Classification metadata.

DLESE - Digital Library for Earth System Education

It is a Community of digital library access to high-quality collections of educational resources Communication networks to facilitate interactions & collaborations across all dimensions of Earth system education.

SMETE [English]

The Federation was built with funding by the National Science Foundation, National STEM Education Digital Library program and partnerships with nationally recognized professional educational organizations, academic institutions and private e-learning companies. I is the gateway to a comprehensive collection of science, math, engineering and technology (SMET) education content and services available to learners, educators, and academic policy-makers. By serving as the integrative organization that distributes pedagogical material through the establishment of a federation of digital libraries and providing direct access and delivery of instructional resources.

Wisconsin Online Resource Center [English]

A large, searchable repository of learning objects in wide range of subjects, all implemented in Flash (as is much of the website). You have to register to use the site, but this is free, and you can deep-link to objects within the site.

Biomedical Library UNSW

A repository specialising in medicine and health resources. Mantained by the University of New South Wales in Australia, it has not been updated since 2000.

ESCOT Home Page

ESCOT is a testbed for the integration of innovative technology in middle school mathematics. The project investigates replicable practices that produce predictably high quality digital learning resources.


Java applets to illustrate subjects in Color Theory, Signal Processing, Scenegraphs, Lighting and Shading, Viewing Techniques, Texture Mapping and Linear Algebra.

Digital Scriptorium

The Digital Scriptorium is an image database of medieval and renaissance manuscripts, intended to unite scattered resources from many institutions into an international tool for teaching and scholarly research.

Intute: Science, Engineering and Technology

A free online service providing access to the very best Web resources for education and research, evaluated and selected by a network of subject specialists. It covers the physical sciences, engineering, computing, geography, mathematics and environmental science.

The iLumina Digital Library

iLumina is a digital library of sharable undergraduate teaching materials for chemistry, biology, physics, mathematics, and computer science. It is designed to quickly and accurately connect users with the educational resources they need. These resources range in type from highly granular objects such as individual images and video clips to entire courses. Resources in iLumina are cataloged in the MARC and NSDL metadata formats, which capture both technical and education-specific information about each resource. iLumina contains thousands of educational resources and several virtual collections.

The Math Forum @ Drexel University

The Math Forum Is a the leading online resource for improving math learning, teaching, and communication since 1992, created by teachers, mathematicians, researchers, students, and parents. It offers a wealth of problems and puzzles, online mentoring, research, team problem solving, collaborations and professional development.

www.needs.org: A Digital Library For Engineering Education

NEEDS is a digital library designed for engineering faculty and students of all ages with links to online learning materials in engineering and related areas of science and math.



SourceForge.net is the world's largest Open Source software development web site, hosting more than 100,000 projects with a centralized resource for managing projects, issues, communications, and code. SourceForge.net has the largest repository of Open Source code and applications available on the Internet.


LEARNet is a means of sharing quality educational resources among the tertiary institutions in Hong Kong. Its materials are designed and produced by Hong Kong academics for students in a range of discipline, with a system of peer review and continuous evaluation. It is a community of practice too, providing assistance, evaluation and feedback to developers and users of learning objects.

OpenCourseWare (MIT): http://web.mit.edu/ocw/ The Open Learning Initiative (Carnegie Mellon University): http://www.cmu.edu/oli Wikipedia: http://www.wikipedia.org/ Knowledge Commons: http://www.edclicks.com/ Open Content Alliance: http://www.opencontentalliance.org/

European Schoolnet: http://www.eun.org CETL: http://www.rlo-cetl.ac.uk/ Textbook Revolution: http://textbookrevolution.org/ UPC Commons: https://upcommons.upc.edu/participar.jsp

China Open Resources for Education initiative: http://www.core.org.cn/cn/jpkc/index_en.html ParisTech OCW project: http://graduateschool.paristech.org/ Japanese OCW Alliance:. http://www.jocw.jp/ Seven universities in the United States with OER projects (MIT, Rice, Johns Hopkins, Tufts, Carnegie Mellon, and Utah State University) offer over 1400 courses. http://ocw.mit.edu/, http://cnx.rice.edu/, http://ocw.jhsph.edu/, http://ocw.tufts.edu/, http://www.cmu.edu/oli/, http://ocw.usu.edu/