Management, Publishing and Availability of Open Educational Resources: the role of Linked Data and Libraries
Char. Bratsas, Founder / CEO of Open Knowledge Foundation Greece,
S. Karampatakis, Developer / Data Analyst OKF Greece
Open Educational Resources (OER) offer an opportunity for open and free access to educational resources, with licenses that allow their users to revise, reuse, remix and redistribute their content. While nowadays there is a vast amount of OER available, searching, querying and integrating/interlinking of those resources remain difficult. Linked Data is a technological solution that can handle issues regarding the publishing and exploration of data/resources on the Web, allowing a user or a machine to explore and consume the Web of Data. Therefore it is obvious that the Linked Data Principles are a viable and sustainable solution to the problem of searching and browsing OER. Additionally, Libraries are a major regulator, aggregator, and actor of these practices. What are the best practices and how can we follow or even innovate?