With funding from the Hewlett Foundation, the Creative Commons team is working to develop a portal for open educational resources.

At the moment, the project is just aiming to grab basic records with simple metadata – “a central collection of URLs and keyword annotations”.

Rather than grab complex metadata, the idea is to grow quickly with these simple records.

It will be interesting to see how open is defined. Does this include the many digitisation projects that have publicly available metadata but have the resources hidden behind toll / subscription / institutional barriers. Relatedly, there are plenty of digitisation projects that have complex licensing deals that do not sit easily the Creative Commons ethos.

There is some, but not complete, overlap with the Intute project in the UK , which hand crafts catalogue records of educational resources (whether open access or not) and divides portals by broad subject areas.