Final Report - submitted on April 26, 2010


OpenSpires is a HEFCE/JISC-funded pilot project starting in May 2009 and finishing end of April 2010. The project is led by the Learning Technologies Group, Oxford University Computing Services, University of Oxford.

It had two initial purposes:

The OpenSpires project builds upon the Oxford on iTunes U podcasting service launched in October 2008, which has widespread participation from Oxford academics. Oxford podcasts currently include recordings of public lectures, including those from eminent visiting speakers, interviews with researchers, and conference presentations. OpenSpires will have a global impact, as the free-to-download resources are in many cases from speakers, researchers and visiting lecturers with high international profiles.

The hundreds of podcasts available from OpenSpires under Creative Commons licences can be found at and (beta version, still under development).

More about the project

Project resources

Information and dissemination material prepared by the project, available for reuse and redistribution.


The OpenSpires project is based within the Learning Technologies Group at Oxford University Computing Services.

We are always interested to make contact with our colleagues around the UK who are involved in podcasting or related activities within their institution. To contact us, please email the Open Spires team:

Postal address:
LTG, Oxford University Computing Services
13 Banbury Road, Oxford
+44(0)1865 273200

See the OUCS Travel page for maps and further information about visiting OUCS.


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