In this section, we introduce you to the EPrints repository software that powers the national and regional OER collections for the Pacific Partnership.
Pacific OER collections
The Pacific Partnership for Open, Distance and Flexible Learning is supporting the establishment of national OER collections for Commonwealth members of Small Island Developing States, so that teachers can share teaching resources.
The project is powered by the EPrints free and open-source software package for building open access repositories, developed by the University of Southampton’s School of Electronics and Computer Science. As open source software, this means that any country will be able to establish their own repositories.
Each Pacific country will be invited to assign moderators to help customise the repository software, so that the subject classifications are in line with the national school curriculum for their own OER collections. Resources submitted via national OER collections will be searchable through a regional repository for the Pacific. So, for example, teachers in Tuvalu will be able to search for materials shared from the Samoa repository.
Opportunities and obstacles to establish national online OER collections
The Pacific Partnership for Open, Distance and Flexible Learning is working to establish national OER collections. The idea is that Ministries will assign national moderators to commence work to enable teachers to share OER and map these to the national curriculum.
We invite you to share your thoughts and ideas on the opportunities and obstacles to establishing national OER collections by posting in the forum.
This information will be valuable in developing and improving implementation plans for the future.