Final Report

The OpenSpires Final Report was submitted on April 26, 2010. It contains a description of the project (aims, outcomes, recommendations etc) and a number of related documents.

The report, and appendices, are available as pdf documents via the links below and to the right. If you need them in a different format, please contact the OpenSpires team at

Executive Summary

The OpenSpires project was a successful initiative to establish a sustainable set of policies and workflows that would allow departments from across the University of Oxford to regularly publish high quality open content material for global reuse. In less than a year 140 Oxford academics and visiting speakers donated material to support their subject communities, each contributor signing a Creative Commons licence that allows their material to be promoted for reuse in education world-wide. The material was generated in the life of the project and the subjects covered include politics, economics, globalisation, environmental change, business, research ethics, medicine, physics, English, philosophy, classics, and art history.  The project focused on audio-visual recordings and supporting resources as this had an existing cost-effective content creation process.  The success of the project was due to a clear workflow process for department support staff to follow which minimised academic support time. The project leveraged new popular open outreach channels such as the University video portal and iTunesU.  Institutional marketing and a clear communication strategy helped the discoverability of the digitised material leading to consistent download figures. Reports of usage by learners encouraged the academics involved and reflected well on the work of the departments.

The material released in under a year included over 300 items (audio, video and slide sets) from 140 academics including:

Key points to note are:

All material is syndicated through RSS to be freely surfaced in subject centre portals and is available through the national repository, JorumOpen.

Read the report (pdf)

Read the Report (pdf)