The type of technology infrastructure required for your OpenCourseWare depends on several factors: your publishing goals, existing systems infrastructure on your campus, any existing publication processes, timelines for publication (initial as well as long-term publishing model), number of end users and their geographical distribution, and budgets, among other factors.
Large institutions considering implementing an OpenCourseWare initiative may have existing technology components that can be leveraged. These components include course management systems, content management systems, interfaces to course catalogs, and enterprise application integration standards and infrastructure.
In addition to tools that exist at your institution, the Consortium members can also provide open source tools to support your open publication effort, including Utah State University's open publishing platform, eduCommons.
We have been gathering information to help you compare the most common options for OCW software platforms. This information is available in the form of our OCW Software Platform Comparison Matrix.
Best Practice Recommendations
The Technology Working Group has been collaborating to develop some conventions and standards to foster greater cooperation and interoperability amongst OCW participants. Within each organization there will exist a variety of factors which impact their options for adopting standards. Therefore we are offering the following as best practice recommendations with the understanding that adoption of these recommendations are in the best interest of the community and the OCW movement in general.