[opentextbooks] Experimenting with a simpler way to share openly licenced learning material

Jason Kitcat jason.kitcat at okfn.org
Sat Jul 16 08:53:36 UTC 2011


Just an alternative thought but wouldn't the Internet Archive's OpenLibrary.org be a better place to provide textbooks?

All the best,

On 16 Jul 2011, at 09:48, Tim McNamara wrote:

> As a bit of an demonstration/experiment, I have created a repository of liberally licenced learning material that is much simpler to use than the current SVN system that is housed at http://opentextbook.org. The upshot is that newcomers can download the whole catalogue in a similar to way to version control without needing to know anything about version control.
> Browse the web view here:
> https://www.wuala.com/Openly%20Licenced%20Learning%20Materials/?key=EwEXNFL1lMlf
> I don't know if anyone has heard of Wuala, but it is a very interesting piece of technology. It's a cloud backup service with a few differences. One of its features is the ability to create groups and public folders. What this means is that people can download Wuala and then join the "Openly Licenced Learning Materials" group and upload their own material. That content is then shared among all teachers/users who are participating in the group.
> It's other main difference is that the whole system is peer-to-peer, meaning it is resilient to any particular service falling over.
> If you would like to try Wuala, so you can see what it would look like as a teacher, follow one of these links:
> http://www.wuala.com/referral/F5776G4C6AJ4NHFF6FCC (I think this gives us both 250mb of free space)
> http://www.wuala.com
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