Welcome to Open Spires! A great variety of open projects are going on within the University of Oxford, from podcasts to crowdsourcing schemes, educational materials to whole digital archives. Browse the projects below to discover a wide range of open resources, materials and initiatives!

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  • Open Educational Resources

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    Find out about OER initiatives and projects at the University of Oxford!
  • Podcasting

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    Watch leading academics talk about their experiences with the University's podcasting initiative!
  • Oxford Open Science Podcasts

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    explores the impact and value of opening up science and discusses the ways in which this could revolutionise how science is done.

    The Open Science Podcast Seriesconsiders the impact of opening up science: allowing both the research community and the public to freely access the results of scientific work. Individuals can be fully informed about medical or environmental research, students worldwide can get access to the latest work and software agents can roam the vast scientific knowledge base seeking patterns and correlations that no human has observed. Ultimately, it may profoundly change the way science is done. The series consists of podcasts from The Evolution of Science: Open Publishing Debate 2012 and Rigour and Openness in 21st-Century Science, 2013.

    The series is also a great example of a how Oxford University’s podcast site can be used to broadcast lectures and talks. As well as releasing a large number of its lectures openly, the site also releasing an increasing number of these series under Creative Commons to allow use for educational purposes.


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    Watch the Rigour and Openness in 21st Century Science Keynote speech!

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  • World War One Centenary

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    provides materials and resources that aim to teach new perspectives on the First World War.

    World War I Centenary: Continuations and Beginnings is building a substantial collection of learning resources available for global reuse. A variety of materials, including expert articles, audio and video lectures, downloadable images, interactive maps and ebooks are available under a set of cross-disciplinary themes that seek to reappraise the War in its cultural, social, geographical and historical contexts.

    Content is being developed by a team of experts in the field of First World War studies, across a range of higher and heritage institutions and across a range of disciplines.The website is an Open Educational Resource (OER), meaning that all materials are released under an open content license. You are free to use the site’s resources worldwide whether you are a student, teacher, life-long learner or resource creator.


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    Explore the collection's resources through a set of Themes!

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    Subject Area: Humanities Social Sciences
  • What is Openness?

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    Openness covers a huge range of things - find out about what it's about and why it's so important.

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  • DH Crowdscribe

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    runs workshops and training events to demonstrate the ways crowdsourcing can be used in humanities research, particularly through an interdisciplinary approach.

    DH Crowdscribe is an online hub promoting interdisciplinary engagement in the digital humanities, and in particular the ways in which crowdsourcing can improve research. It is supported by a number of targeted workshops and training events, and aims to demonstrate some of the creative and exciting opportunities available in Digital Humanities to doctoral or early career researchers.

    Podcasts from workshops and events will be made available on the site. Check out and contribute to DH Crowdscribe’s first case study, affiliated with the dhAHRC project, Crowdmap the Crusades. DH Crowdscribe is the online site for the output of the AHRC-funded Collaborative Skills Project, Promoting Interdisciplinary Engagement in the Digital Humanities (#dhAHRC).


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    Emma Goodwin introduces DH Crowdscribe. Watch the full interview on the Wall of Faces.

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    Subject Area: Humanities
  • The Ashmolean Museum’s Online Collections

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    give visitors access to tens of thousands of images from a variety of collections across the Museum.

    The Ashmolean Museum’s Online Collections allow visitors to browse images of artefacts from a number of its historic collections. These include the Allen Aerial Photographs Collection, the Painting Collection, the Ceramic Collection and the Silver Collection.

    One of the Ashmolean’s most high-quality digital collections is Eastern Art Online.  Funded by Yousef Jameel, the collection provides engaging ways to explore the Ashmolean's art from the Islamic Middle East, China, Japan, Southeast Asia, India and the Himalayas.There are 35 highlights to see, 23 exhibitions to discover, 15 galleries to visit, 12 collection trails to follow, 19 publications to explore and over 10,500 objects to browse or search.


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    In this short segment, Aruna Bhaugeerutty introduces the Ashmolean's Online Collections. Watch the full interview on the Wall of Faces.

     

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    Subject Area: Humanities Social Sciences
  • The Oxford Martin School

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    enables researchers to address real-world issues through an interdisciplinary approach and aims to engage a global audience in considering humanity’s most pressing challenges.

    The Oxford Martin School was founded in 2005 with the belief that this century, and specifically the next two decades, is a crucial turning point for humanity. The School  supports over 300 researchers, drawn from across Oxford and beyond, working to address the most pressing global challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. Researchers are grouped into interdisciplinary programmes and study subjects ranging from the future of the global food system to rethinking economics, and from the human rights of future generations to innovation in healthcare.

    The School also organises a dynamic programme of events to inspire worldwide audiences with the ideas generated by its researchers. Visitors can access Videos, Photos, Podcasts and  Big Questions on the School’s website.


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    In this short segment Ian Goldin Professor of Globalisation and Development and Director of the Oxford Martin School introduces the School. Watch the Full Interview on the Wall of Faces.

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  • Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics

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    provides access to journal articles, videos and lectures on the subject of practical ethics and its role in our day-to-day lives.

    The Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics is committed to raising awareness of ethical issues in the broader community and stimulating debate in the public arena. To this end, the Centre has an open access policy for their resources which are freely available to the public and include journal articles, podcasts and video lectures. Topics of discussion range from geoengineering, neuroethics and synthetic biology, to disability, abortion and disorders of consciousness.

    TheCentre was established in 2003 with the support of the Uehiro Foundation on Ethics and Education of Japan. It is an integral part of the philosophy faculty of Oxford University, one of the notable  centres of academic excellence in philosophical ethics. All the talks from the 2013 Carnegie-Uehiro-Oxford Ethics Conference: Happiness and Well-Being are available on the University’s podcast website under a Creative Commons licence.


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    In this short segment, Julian Savulescu and Dominic Wilkinson introduce the Uehiro Centre. Watch the Full Interview on the Wall of Faces.

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  • 23 Things Oxford

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    provides step-by-step instructions on using Web 2.0 technologies including Google ID, RSS feeds, podcasting, social networking and more.

    The aim of the 23 Things Oxford programme is to introduce Oxford library staff and a general audience to Web 2.0 technologies, working on the principle that exposure is the first stage in learning.  Over the span of 12 weeks, participants engage in this self-learning programme to build up their own skills and enhance their abilities at work by becoming acquainted with topics including blogging, podcasting, Twitter and Office 2.0.

    This is a self-discovery programme which encourages you to take control of your own learning and to use your lifelong learning skills through exploration and play. All the materials released to assist with the course are openly available under a Creative Commons licence.


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  • Zooniverse

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    hosts a large number of citizen science projects, in which members of the public can contribute to scientific research by interpreting data.

    Zooniverse is home to the Internet’s largest, most popular and most successful citizen science projects. Citizen science projects rely on public contribution to analyse large amounts of data, impossible for one person or a group of researchers to tackle alone. Volunteers receive as little as ten minutes of training for their project of interest and can begin contributing without any previous subject-specific knowledge. Projects range from classifying  galaxies from telescope images, to transcribing fragmentary Greek papyri. This crowdsourcing method has been used by disciplines as diverse as astronomy, ecology, cell biology, climate science and the humanities.

    Zooniverse originated from the Galaxy Zoo project in 2007 and is maintained and developed by the Citizen Science Alliance. The member institutions of the CSA work with many academics and partners around the world to produce projects that use the efforts and abilities of volunteers to help scientists and researchers tackle the flood of data that confronts them.


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    Subject Area: Humanities Maths & Science
  • Woruldhord

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    a collection of free educational resources about the Anglo-Saxon period, as well as Old English literature and language.

    The Woruldhord project provides a collection of freely reusable educational resources for studying and teaching the period of English history centred on the Anglo-Saxons and the literature and language of Old English. This equates to a period of history roughly covering the mid-5th century until the 11th century.

    “Woruldhold” is an Old English word meaning, literally, “world-hoard”, and all the website’s material was contributed by members of the public, museums, libraries, academics, teachers or societies. The archive contains photographs, documents, presentations, databases and teaching material, covering objects, archaeological sites, poems and prose writings. In total the website holds around 4,500 digital objects contributed by about 400 people and institutions. Anything in Woruldhord can be freely used for educational purposes under a Creative Commons Licence.


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    Learn about Anglo-Saxon Daily Life through artifacts from the collection.

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    Subject Area: Humanities Social Sciences
  • What’s the Score at the Bodleian?

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    a pilot project encompassing three sites: you can access collections of piano music, listen to recordings and contribute to crowdsourced descriptions.

    What's the Score at the Bodleian? provides access to the Bodleian’s scores and sheet music. At the same time the project is using crowdsourcing to improve the collection by asking users to generate descriptive metadata of its scores. The project is focusing initially on a previously uncatalogued portion of the music collection.

     

    What's the Score at the Bodleian? is collaborating with Zooniverse, a world leader in crowdsourcing technology, to gather descriptive information about the sheet music from members of the public via acompanion website. This is intended to improve access to the material, encourage wider engagement with the Bodleian's music collections and facilitate research into amateur music-making during the Victorian period. A number of piano pieces, accompanied by their scores, have also been recorded for online delivery.


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    The Cleopatra Galop, by Charles d’Albert. Performed by Tim Hawken.

    » Play (3 minutes, 34 seconds; 3.27 MB)

    » View the score (PDF File, 6.65 MB)

     

     

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    Subject Area: Humanities
  • WebLearn

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    a virtual learning environment which provides a platform for tutors and lecturers to share their material with students and peers.

    WebLearn is Oxford’s virtual learning environment (VLE) that offers a variety of learning, teaching and library tools for use by students and tutors. It has become an essential part of the way teaching is done at Oxford and a central platform for sharing of diverse resources.

    Although the content is only available to Oxford students, tutors and collaborators, the site itself was developed from open source software. It is based on Sakai, a project that began in 2004 when Stanford, Michigan, Indiana, MIT and Berkeley began building a common Courseware Management System rather than continuing their homegrown systems or licensing software from a commercial vendor. While many such systems impose licence restrictions on the host institutions, there are no restrictions on the number of users allowed to access a service built with Sakai. It is an example of the way Oxford is using and contributing to open source.


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  • Treasures of the Bodleian

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    provides a look at the rarest, most important and most evocative objects in the Bodleian Library.

    When Sir Thomas Bodley re-founded the university library at the beginning of the 17th century, he asked that a cabinet be reserved for items that were “most singular and rare”. TheTreasures of the Bodleianwebsite offers a glimpse into some of these treasures, through scans of original manuscripts, maps and illuminated rolls, including a leaf papyrus codex of The Gospel of St. Thomas, some original illustrations by J.R.R Tolkienand The Selden Map of China.

    Visitors have the opportunity to watch videos and listen to podcasts about these treasures,  and to contribute to future exhibitions by sharing their definition of a “treasure”. All the treasures are openly accessible to the public in their digitised forms.


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  • The University of Oxford Text Archive

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    develops, collects, catalogues and preserves electronic literary and linguistic resources for use in Higher Education, research, teaching and learning.

    The University of Oxford Text Archive (OTA) currently holds thousands of texts in more than 25 different languages and is actively working on extending its catalogue of holdings. Deposits from the wider community are the primary source of the OTA’s high-quality materials. Current resources include the works of William Shakespeare, W.B. Yeats, John Milton and Daniel Defoe.

    The OTA also hosts Arts and Humanities Data Service (AHDS) Literature, Languages and Linguistics, and is one of five centres offering archival services for a range of disciplines. Additional services include advising digital projects on good practices in the areas of digitisation, project design and management, copyright and long-term preservation. The AHDS also provides specialist advice for applicants to UK Higher Education funding bodies who are planning to create electronic resources.


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    Download Thomas Hardy's Far From the Madding CrowdXMLHTMLePubmobi (Kindle)plain text.

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    Subject Area: Humanities Maths & Science
  • The Open Science Training Initiative

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    couples a rotation-based teaching pattern with workshops and lectures to convert existing subject-specific courses to also deliver training in reproducibility and open science.

    The Open Science Training Initiative (OSTI) is a dynamic new educational scheme at the University of Oxford, suitable for theoretical, computational or experimental students. It aims to address the problem of reproducibility in modern scientific research by training upcoming young researchers in the integrated use of concepts and techniques, including digital awareness, data management, version control systems and the role of the publisher.

    The website offers free access to a programme of micro-lectures and exercises that can fit around an existing subject-specific training course in an academic environment. The pilot scheme for the initiative took place at the University of Oxford's Doctoral Training Centres for Systems Biology, Life Sciences and the Industrial Doctorate in January 2013: content, slides and advice sheets for the lectures and workshops are available on a GitHub repository and are periodically updated. All OSTI materials are released under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence, allowing you to use, reuse, and/or remix the materials as you see fit.


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  • The Great War Archive

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    an online collection of First World War memorabilia, all of which has been contributed by the general public.

    A subsite of the Poetry Archive, theGreat War Archive contains over 6,500 photographs, letters, postcards and illustrations, contributed by the general public since 2008. Every item relates to someone's experience of the First World War, either abroad or at home.

    To gather this material, theGreat War Archive ran collection days in libraries and museums across the country, inviting people to bring forward their items and stories. These public events met with great success, and the model developed for the Great War Archive has since been used by initiatives such as Europeana 1914-1918. Anyone who wants to share their stories or images can contribute here or attend one of the public open days held across Europe.


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    Visit the Education Area to explore resources for teachers, school students and lifelong learners!

     

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  • Sprint for Shakespeare

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    a freely accessible digitised copy of Shakespeare’s First Folio available in multiple formats.

    Thanks to the support from donors all over the world towards its conservation and digitisation, in 2013 the Bodleian Library was able to open up its copy of Shakespeare’s First Folio online for free, for the study and enjoyment of scholars, schoolchildren and Shakespeare-lovers alike.

    Visitors to Sprint for Shakespeare, the Bodleian’s First Folio website, can leaf through the digital facsimile of Shakespeare’s First Folio online, and find out more about this treasured book, Shakespeare, his plays, and how the Bodleian conserves, curates and digitises books. In 2014, in honor of  Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, Sprint for Shakespeare also launched the serial publication of digital texts of the First Folio’s plays. The Folio is featured on Treasures of the Bodleian and  Dr Emma Smith talks about many of the plays in a series of free podcasts,Approaching Shakespeare, which you can listen to online or download.


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  • RunCoCo

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    offers information, training resources and advice on building and running community collections of digital objects online.

    RunCoCo is part of the Community Collections and Crowdsourcing Service based at the University of Oxford.  It offers training and coaching to those interested in running a community collection such as Oxford’s  The Great War Archive, the First World War Poetry Digital Archive and Europeana (1914-1918). These are online archives that rely on public collaboration and source a large amount of their material by running community events to collect and digitise artefacts from the general public. Some materials from past events are available online and visitors can also  explore a set of ready-made training and support packages that can be tailored to fit different contexts and communities. Open resources include presentations, handouts, links and recordings from workshops, training sessions and courses.

    RunCoCo can develop a programme or event to fit a specific cause or group and offers workshops on a range of topics, such as community collections, crowdsourcing, creating and using digital resources, social media and open educational resources.


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  • Research Data Management Training Materials

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    offers data management training and teaching materials, reports and presentations.

    The Management Rollout at Oxford (DaMaRo) website makes freely available presentations, resources and training materials for research data management, aimed chiefly at postgraduate research students and early career researchers. The course offers an overview of select key data management topics including day-to-day data management, backup and security, metadata and documentation, data sharing and preservation and data management planning. It consists of a mixture of presentation and exercises and gives participants a chance to begin drafting a data management plan for their own research. This is a digitisation of a course that has been run five times at Oxford University.

     

    The DaMaRo Project also plans to combine the various research data management projects that the University of Oxford has been engaged in over the last few years into a better-integrated suite of tools and discovery mechanisms that will support researchers throughout the data life-cycle, from planning to re-use. All the materials are open to be used and adapted.


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    Read and download Research Data Management Training Materials, including Introduction to Research Data Management (PowerPoint presentation with presenter's notes-June 2013).

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  • Oxford University Podcasts

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    features thousands of high-quality video and audio lectures, talks and teaching materials from subjects and events all across the University.

    All the materials on Oxford University Podcastsare arranged within a series of related talks or lectures and may be in audio, video or document format.  The site contains over 6,500 items arranged into 416 series, with contributions from over 4,780 academics.  A growing number of these materials are free for use and redistribution in education and research through a Creative Commons licence.

    Series highlights include:

    Alumni Weekend: A series of over 80 public lectures from Oxford experts concentrating on the great environmental and scientific challenges of the 21st century

    The New Psychology of Depression: Discussions on medical approaches to dealing with stress, anxiety and depression

    The Elements of Drawing: Stephen Farthing R.A. presents eight practical drawing classes to explain the basic principles of drawing.

    Marianne Talbot's “A Romp Through Ethics for Complete Beginners

    The King James Bible Lectures: Lecture series to celebrate the 400th Anniversary of the first publication of the King James Bible

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  • Oxford University Mathematics OpenCourseWare

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    provides teaching materials for a wide range of courses including Algebra, Probability, Number Theory, Logic and Differential Equations and others.

    Oxford University Mathematics OpenCourseWare offers courses in Mathematics supplemented by Course Synopses, Lecture Notes and Problem Sheets submitted by the lecturer. This material is published by the Mathematical Institute and is openly available to anybody, students and non-students alike. It has been organised into courses, so that users can work through a particular topic or problem using a number of different resources. Topics covered range from Number Theory and Logic, to Algebraic Geometry and LaTeX.
     

    All the content is released under the terms of OpenCourseWare, meaning that any material on the site can be used for non-commercial purposes, redistributed and edited, as long as the original owner is credited.


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    Explore Course Material for Algebra 2 - Rings and Modules.

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  • Oxford Digital Library

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    provides central access to digital collections from across Oxford’s libraries.

    The Oxford Digital Library is a gateway to digital collections from across Oxford’s libraries and provides a valuable starting point for those interested in digital resources. Oxford has a long tradition in digital scholarship and has developed  a number of library projects that focus on the digitisation of primary resources. The University is internationally renowned for its scholarly library collections, especially those from the Bodleian which has been a deposit library for almost 400 years.

    Although these collections are widely used, there is a clear demand for a closer integration of collections of this kind.ODL aims to offer a digital library architecture which will allow centralised access to digital resources, both those it creates itself and those acquired from outside, using established standards of metadata.


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    The Digital Shikshapatri website provides online access to a treasure of the British Hindu cultural heritage that is held in Oxford's Bodleian Library. This fragile Sanskrit manuscript, called the Shikshapatri, was written by Shree Swaminarayan, founder of Swaminarayan Hinduism, and outlines moral and spiritual codes for everyday life.

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  • OSS Watch

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    provides unbiased advice and guidance on the use, development and licensing of free software, open source software and open source hardware.

    OSS Watch is an independent, non-advocacy service that offers  tailored one-to-one consultations and guidance on issues relating to open source publishing, licensing and use. Their website provides access to publications such as briefing notes, conference reports, opinion pieces, book reviews, research studies and slideshow presentations. The aim is to enable researchers to improve their research by using and sharing open source material.

    The OSS Watch service is part of a wider effort to write, promote and support the use of open source software around the University. Oxford has benefitted enormously from open source code, and has built important and useful resources like Weblearn and Mobile Oxford from open code.


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    Read the OSS Watch 2013 survey.

     

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  • Open Continuing Education

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    a gateway to the open educational resources created or selected by tutors at Oxford’s Department for Continuing Education.

    Open ContEd is the initial pilot site for the Sesame project, which is aiming to produce a rich and sustainable source of educational resources from the work of the University of Oxford Department for Continuing Education'sweekly class programme. It offers individual resources as well as entire courses, which compiled a number of resources that allow users to work through a whole topic. Topics range from Formal Logic and Critical Reasoning to Roman Emperors and Composing Music, covering disciplines as wide as Archaeology and Computer Science.

    Many of Open ContEd’s resources are released as open educational resources that can be used by adult learners and their tutors globally. Courses available on the site include Introduction to Ethics, Philosophy of Art, Islamic Mystical Poetry and Introduction to Geological Science. The Department of Continuing Education also releases series of podcasts on the University of Oxford Podcasts site.  


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  • Mobile Oxford

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    gives students on-the-go mobile access to Weblearn, podcasts, library searches, transport information and more.

    Mobile Oxford provides a central location from which you can access a variety of online facilities that students are likely to need in their day-to-day lives. These include things like Weblearn, library searches, transport information and weather forecasts, as well as information on local events and advice on personal safety in Oxford. The website has been designed to be easily accessible on mobile devices, and the free app can be downloaded from Google Play or the iTunes App Store.

    While Mobile Oxford is probably only useful to niche audience, it is a good example of how the university is using Open Source Code to enhance the learning, research and day-to-day lives of its students. Mobile Oxford was developed from Molly Online Mobile Portal, an award-winning open source software toolkit that helps developers rapidly create advanced mobile portals for any institution, that allows its students easy access to the University’s resources and services.


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  • Introduction to Course Design

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    a source of ideas, examples and tutorials about how new technologies can be integrated when designing academic courses.

    Introduction To Course Design explains a selection of different ways in which technology has been used in courses offered by the University of Oxford. It is intended to be a source of ideas for those about to design a new course or redesigning an existing one, whether at Oxford or elsewhere.

    The tutorials instruct users on things like how to incorporate technology into a new course, how create resources and integrate them into the course, or how to design activities that are useful for learning. These can be both individual or collaborative activities. It also explains how to best incorporate technologies like audio and video podcasts, or how Google Maps can be useful to certain courses and how to get students started on these courses. All these resources are released openly under Creative Commons, for non-commercial use.


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    Explore an interactive map, text and video lesson of Viking presence in a modern-day town.

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  • Humanitas

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    invites experts from across the world to Oxford and Cambridge, to engage in a series of open events addressing themes in the arts, social sciences and humanities.

    The Humanitas Visiting Professorships Programme invites leading academics and practitioners from all over the world to come to Oxford and Cambridge and take part in a series of open events including talks, lectures, debates and seminars. All events are open to the public and address a key topic in the arts, humanities or social sciences. Previous visiting professors  include Rowan Williams, Kelly Reichardt and Sir Christopher Bayly.

     

    The Humanitas Visiting Professorships Programme has become an established part of the intellectual scenes at Oxford and Cambridge,  has held over 20 successful series, has been attended by approximately six thousand people and viewed online all over the world. The website offers information about visiting scholars, links to video lectures and news on upcoming events. Created by Lord Weidenfeld, Humanitas is managed and funded by the Institute for Strategic Development with the support of a series of generous benefactors, and administered by The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH). The programme is also run at the University of Cambridge in conjunction with the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRAASH).


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  • FreeSpeech Debate

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    a platform for learning about, discussing and promoting free expression and global debate.

    At the heart of Free Speech Debate are ten draft principles for global free expressions, developed through discussions with speech experts, lawyers, political theorists, theologians, philosophers, activists and journalists from across the world.  The principles have been revised by the team of current Oxford graduate students, including native speakers of all the 13 major languages in which the site’s editorial content appears. Each principle is accompanied by explanatory essays, examples, links, points for discussion and case studies based on real life experiences from around the world. The site aims to encourage debate and discussion, and invites viewers to share their own opinions on the ten principles and on its other content. It offers video debates, talks and a large number of articles addressing current events from the perspective of free speech.

    The Free Speech Debate is founded on the belief that making content freely available for non-commercial purposes is an integral part of promoting a global debate on free expression. This project suggests the best way to achieve this online is through a Creative Commons licence, developed as a way of maximising the free expression possibilities of the internet.


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    Read about and Vote on the 10 principles!

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  • Europeana 1914-1918

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    collects memories and memorabilia of the First World War from families throughout Europe and combines them with resources from libraries and archives across the globe.

    Europeana’s unique approach to the collection of material about the First World War allows library national collections to sit beside personal stories, treasures and important film archives. The collection creates a unique way of learning about the First World War, with perspectives from every side of the battle lines and insights from every point of view. Since its initiation in 2011, the Europeana project has gathered over 10,000 stories and over 130,000 items of historical interest from its public users.

    The result is a vast archive of primary sources, in the form of photographs, films, documents, letters, postcards and diaries, that can be used for teaching purposes or for researching local or family history. Visitors are welcome to add their own stories to Europeana 1914-1918 by using the online collection form or by visiting an upcoming collection day.


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  • Early English Books Online

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    contains digital images of virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America from 1473-1700.

    The Early English Books Online - Text Creation Partnership (EEBO-TCP)  now contains more than 125,000 titles, spanning the years 1473 to 1700, and encompasses a broad range of subject areas including English literature, history, philosophy, linguistics, theology, music, fine arts, education, mathematics and science.
     

    The Partnership began in 1999 as  collaboration between ProQuest LLC, the University of Michigan and Oxford University to convert thousands of books from Early English Books Online into fully-searchable texts.


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    "An exact legendary compendiously containing the whole life of Alderman Abel, the maine proiecter and patentee for the raising of wines. His apprentiship with a vintener, betrothing to his wife, the manner of his rising reigning, and after delinquencie, whereby hestands liable to a severe censure and penalty in Parliament."

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  • Bodleian Digital Collection

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    provides links to electronic archives from the Bodleian’s collections of manuscripts and other digitised resources.

    The Bodleian Digital Collection provides links to electronic collections of artefacts such as ancient maps, 17th-century medical records and English, Middle Eastern and Oriental manuscripts. These include digital editions of Jane Austen's manuscripts including Persuasion and Mansfield Park, an interactive edition of the Gough Map of Great Britain, one of the earliest maps of Britain, and a catalogue of the Cairo Genizah Manuscripts, which contains over 4,000 fragments from the Bible, Early Rabbinic literature, liturgical fragments, legal documents and letters.

    This project is part of the Bodleian’s ongoing dedication to opening up its resources, and showcases just a selection of the collections digitised so far.


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    Explore ‘Draft Notebook A’ of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.

     

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  • Behaviour Composer

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    a web-based tool designed to support teachers, learners and researchers to build, share and discuss agent-based computer models.

    Designed at Oxford University as part of the Modelling4All Project, Behaviour Composer allows people with little or no coding experience to build and share computer models that explore the behaviour of complex systems. This means users are free to focus their time and effort on honing the model itself, rather than on learning the intricacies of the programming language needed to express it. Through Behaviour Composer, models, micro-behaviours, lesson plans, tutorials and other supporting material can be shared, discussed, reviewed, rated and tagged.

    Agent-based modelling is a key technique in many academic disciplines, including ecology, economics and sociology. It involves simulating the actions and interactions of autonomous agents, in order to learn more about the entities involved and to test the assumptions used to set up the model.


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  • The Structural Genomics Consortium

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    a public-private partnership that supports the discovery of new medicines through open access research.

    The Structural Genomics Consortium (SGC) catalyses research in new areas of human biology and drug discovery by focusing explicitly on less well-studied areas of the human genome. It accelerates research in these new areas by making all its research output fully available to the scientific community, and by creating an open collaborative network of scientists in hundreds of universities around the world and in nine global pharmaceutical companies.

    Together, this network of academic and industry scientists is driving a new scientific and drug discovery ecosystem whose primary aim is to advance science, without the influence of personal, institutional, or commercial gain.


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  • The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities

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    supports and promotes research activity that transcends disciplinary and institutional boundaries and engages with wider audiences.

    Based at the historic Radcliffe Humanities Building, TORCH | The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities provides an important opportunity for humanities scholars to collaborate with researchers across the University, with other academic institutions and with the wider public.  TORCH hosts a range of open public lectures throughout the academic year and provides online access to videos of its lectures, events and workshops based in Oxford and its partner institutions. TORCH also  facilitates openness and cross-disciplinary dialogue within the academic community itself by sponsoring research networks and major research programmes.

    Launched in Spring 2013, TORCH is a fundamental part of the University of Oxford Humanities Division strategy  and works in partnership with other Universities and Research Centres globally . Through provision of seminar rooms, startup funding, administrative support and publicity, the Centre enables new communities of scholars to generate and develop cross-disciplinary research groups. TORCH also sponsors an Annual Headline Series, hosts a wide range of projects including Digital Humanities and the Humanitas Visiting Professorship programme, and provides research space for around 26 early-career scholars.


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  • The First World War Poetry Digital Archive

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    an online collection of primary material from the major poets of the period, and features a number of hand-written manuscripts

    The heart of the The First World War Poetry Digital Archive is a collection of primary material from the major poets of World War One, including Wilfred Owen, Isaac Rosenberg, Robert Graves, Vera Brittain and Edward Thomas. Alongside digitised manuscripts of their handwritten poems, the site also allows you to explore the letters, diaries, photographs and a detailed biography of each writer. It further contextualizes the War through collections of photographs, audio clips, films and publications.

    The collection also features a  range of multimedia artefacts from the Imperial War Museum and a set of specially developed educational resources, which are released under Creative Commons and are free to be used by teachers and learners.


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  • Politics in Spires

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    facilitates an exchange of ideas on politics and international relations through input from scholars at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge.

    Politics in Spires aims to promote and disseminate scholars’ research, engage in scholarly debate on current affairs and bring academic analysis to broader discussions about politics. The project encourages free expression and invites a critical exchange of ideas in an informal environment, openly accessible to anyone. Visitors can participate in frank and  respectful debates, share opinions and leave comments and feedback. Topics include: British Politics, Comparative Government, Democracy and Elections, Environmental Policy, European Politics and Society, Law, Political Theory and Terrorism and Security.

    Politics in Spires is a collaborative effort between the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford and the Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Cambridge.


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  • Oxford University Research Archive

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    an online repository of articles and papers published by Oxford researchers.

    The Oxford University Research Archive (ORA) is an online repository of publications by scholars at the University of Oxford which enables researchers to maximise the visibility of their work. The project is run by the Bodleian Library and contains freely available copies of works such as journal articles, technical reports, conference papers, posters and digital copies of doctoral research theses by students of the University.


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  • Great Writers Inspire

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    is a collection of freely available resources centred around the world’s greatest writers, designed to inspire and engage with students and learners.

    Great Writers Inspire contains lectures, eBooks, contextual essays, a blog, podcasts and interview-format discussions about contemporary and historical great writers. Topics range from in-depth studies of particular plays to talks that ask why we should study the canon writers, from feminist approaches to literature to questions about what literature really is. There are thousands of individual items, as well as curated thematic and historical collections to help students research and interrogate their literary ideas. Featured writers like Virginia Woolf, Charles Dickens and Charlotte Bronte are discussed in depth.

    The collection is aimed at teachers, lifelong learners and students in sixth-form or university, and all the resources are available for use by individuals and teachers under a Creative Commons licence. Resources could be included in course packs, browsed for Extended Project work, used in preparation for university study, or set as additional reading around specific central texts.


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  • Chebfun

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    an open-source software system for numerical computing with functions to 15-digit accuracy.

    Chebfun has extensive capabilities for dealing with linear and nonlinear differential and integral operators, and includes continuous analogues of linear algebra notions like QR and singular value decomposition.

    The mathematical basis of Chebfun is piecewise polynomial interpolation implemented with “Chebyshev technology”. The foundations are described, with Chebfun examples, in Approximation Theory and Approximation Practice. The Chebfun2 extension works with functions of two variables defined on a rectangle in the x-y plane. To get a sense of the breadth and power of Chebfun, a great place to start is by looking at some examples. Chebfun’s code is open source and is available on Github.


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