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Welcome to POERUP!

POERUP (Policies for OER Uptake) is a project part-funded by the EU until the end of June 2014,
under the EU Lifelong Learning Programme Key Activity 3 ICT.
The final report was delivered to EU on 31 October 2014.

Initiatives per million population plotted by continents - guess who is in the lead? then check


Recent Changes - click here

Key links

  1. Mega Map of all Open Education Initiatives - per-character searchable version at Mega Map Searchable
  2. Continent maps and summaries - Continents - with maps and tables of initiatives
  3. Country reports - green blocks in the map at Reports and sightings of OER
  4. Notable initiatives - see Category:Open Education Initiatives
  5. Policies for countries - see - the first of several reports, others coming soon
  6. Maps from POERUP and related projects
  7. Shortcuts to important pages
  8. Search for initiatives - with Semantic search (specialists only) at Semantic Search
  9. (Editors and Curators only) Data entry forms - including Form:Enter person for People of POERUP to input or edit their details

Map of Open Education Initiatives, OER (blue) and MOOCs (green) - clustering switched on

Total number in database on Saturday, 1 November 2014 at 10:49 = 498

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Latest News in 2014

17 October 2014 POERUP Report on OER mapping

POERUP is pleased to release Deliverable 2.1 Edition 2 - Transversal and categorised inventory of OER Programmes and Initiatives – on maps

This describes the recent WP2 activities in terms of mapping OER and MOOCs on the wiki via Semantic Maps, and also stand-alone via Google Map Engine Pro and a Custom Map Tool.

The report is available at File:POERUP D2.1 edition 2.pdf

25 September 2014 Forms-based search in the wiki for open education initiatives

While we can do quite a lot to pre-compute OER maps and tables, such as we do for most of the better-known OER countries, there is no substitute for users doing their own searches. There is a very effective Semantic Search function in the wiki at Special:Ask but the syntax is not easy for less experienced users. So we have brought on-stream a couple of simple search tools using the Forms feature of the wiki. These are:

  • Map OER by region‎, allowing one to specify one of the 250 or so regions currently plotted for OER to see what initiatives are located in the region
  • Map OER by owner, allowing one to specify one of the 400 or so institutions currently plotted for OER to see what initiatives it runs

We welcome comments as to whether more such simple tools would be useful.

Note that we shall make increasing use of combined maps and tables on the wiki, each one complementing the other.

19 September 2014 Open Education in Germany - Map for consultation

There may be much less funding for OER in Germany than in some other EU countries, and money is less specifically earmarked for OER and related open education activity, yet there is now a considerable amount of activity as the map/database shows at - with 49 initiatives spread across most German states and with significant activity at high-school level. This is even more intriguing given the initial negative Germany reaction to the UNESCO OER consultation a few years ago. Some experts point to the catalytic effect of the Wikipedia Deutschland conference on the topic. Others point to the gradual surfacing of "grassroots" activity - though given that much of this is from university computer centres and Länder-based schools entities, this is stretching the meaning of "grassroots". See what you think. This data will in due course be loaded into the main database.

17 September 2014 Open Education in Italy - Map for consultation

The final POERUP push on updates to the POERUP OER Map kicks off with Italy - 30 initiatives at

Soon to be followed by Germany, Spain, Portugal, France....

There will be a full database update at end of September 2014.

28 August 2014: Is Open Access part of OER? You be the judge

The number of open access repositories swamps the number of OER and MOOC projects by at least 4:1. You be the judge - see our new map of 2702 Open Access Repositories at Map of the Day - data edited from a harvest of OpenDOAR

More maps also added at Maps.

27 August 2014 Leading countries for open education: extracts from the POERUP Open Education Initiatives database on the wiki

Ratio of initiatives to population for 21 key OER countries


On the basis of information in process of curation we estimate that the UK, US and German figures are going to be considerably higher and the Spanish figures somewhat higher, but that New Zealand will retain its leadership position.

Such calculations are now possible on the fly using Semantic Wiki Results Formats since the main fields from all records in the version 7.0 database are now available on the wiki - see Open Education Initiatives

For earlier news, see News


  1. Our reports
  2. Other Publications
  3. Brochure
  4. Countries and Supraregions - also see All countries - countries where OER has been reported on or sighted by POERUP are marked on the map at Reports and sightings of OER
  5. Initiatives - see Open Education Initiatives - and Search
  6. Related projects
  7. All pages
  8. All categories
  9. Other wikis
  10. Maps !!!