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Blogs. The Open University embraces the Linked Open Data Movement. The Open University (OU) is the first university in the UK to open up access to online data from across the institution as part of the Linked Open Data Movement.
The OU’s LUCERO (Linking University Content for Education and Research Online) project – funded by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) – has enabled information stored across many of the university’s websites to be brought together in a common, openly accessible location at data.open.ac.uk. Data about the OU’s courses, podcasts on iTunes U and academic publications is already available to be queried and explored, and the team is now working to bring together educational and research content from the university’s OpenLearn and library material. At present, this mostly represents a technical platform. However, it will make it possible for the OU and others to create new applications to search and make use of the data.