List of Top OER websites

Appendix description or content:

BSSD OpenContent Project

  • License: cc by-nc-sa
  • Founded: October, 2005
  • Location: Unalakleet, Alaska
  • Content Type(s): Standards-based curriculum K-12, resources, texts, multimedia
  • Subjects: Career skills, cultural awareness, math, life skills, reading, science, social studies, technology, writing
  • Activity: 1,350 pages and growing


[edit]California Open Source Textbook Project

  • License: per item, encourages Creative Commons
  • Founded 2001
  • Location: Palo Alto, CA


[edit]Capital Market Wiki

  • Goal: To create a free encyclopedia of world capital markets, based on open source financial research. Has templates for university level classroom projects, with formats based on Capital Market Taxonomy. Includes a job opportunity network for students on graduation.
  • License: GNU Free Documentation License (mostly); but supports a copyrighted research namespace.
  • Founded: 2006 (open to public, March 2009)
  • Location: Naples, FL



  • License: cc by-nc-sa
  • Founded: 2007
  • Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • First project:, an online electrocardiography (ECG) course



  • License: cc by
  • Founded: 2007
  • Location: San Francisco, California (U.S.)


[edit]Community College Consortium for OER

  • License: ?
  • Founded: July 2007
  • Location: USA


[edit]Community College Open Textbook Project

  • License: Creative Commons License by Attribution
  • Founded: April 2008
  • Location: USA



  • License: cc by
  • Plone based



  • Launched: November 2006
  • Founded: 2004
  • License: Curriki supports all CC AT 3.0 licenses, pick from the least (AT) to most restrictive (AT ND NC).



  • Currently under development
  • Goal: to let teachers share "plums" (a word we coined to refer to tips, tidbits or small resources) and build them up into larger teaching units as part of an interactive community
  • License: cc by-sa or something very similar
  • Subjects: All


[edit]Free High School Science Texts

  • Location: South Africa to start, open to expansion if coordinators in other countries volunteer
  • Goal: Write and print royalty free textbooks to reduce costs (more than factor 10 possible)
  • License: GFDL
  • Current Subjects: Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry
  • Planned Subjects: Geography, Biology, Computer Literacy


[edit]Global Text Project

  • Location: University of Georgia and University of Denver
  • Goal: Publish electronic textbooks for university students in developing economies
  • License: Creative Commons License by Attribution

[edit]Internet Archive: Education

  • License: per item
  • Launched: November 2005? (beta)


[edit]K12 Open Ed Kids Open Dictionary

  • Goal: To build a simple, open dictionary for kids and other learners. As words are completed, they will be reviewed for quality and appropriateness and ultimately "frozen" for export into a variety of formats, including text, PDF, ebooks, wikis, web, etc., for use on a variety of devices and platforms by anyone for any purpose.
  • License: public domain
  • Founded: June, 2008
  • Location: California, US
  • Content Type(s): Words and definitions, exportable to various formats


  • Launched 2007
  • License: cc by-sa
  • Subjects: Elearning, Web 2.0



  • Goal: to find, author and share open and free learning resources
  • Content license: cc by-sa
  • Plone based


[edit]Marco Polo

ReadWriteThink (non-commercial use only)
Xpeditions (non-commercial use only)
ArtsEdge (non-commercial use only)
EDSITEment (non-commercial use only)
  • License: non-commercial use only


[edit]MIT Open Course Ware

  • Launched 1999
  • License: cc by-nc-sa



  • A free collaboration platform for creating and sharing open courseware. Aimed at faculty, students and other professionals, makes it easy (<15 min) to set up a discipline-specific "collaboratory" to build learning materials. It is like SourceForge (TM) for communities of open courseware developers.
  • Plone site
  • Founder: Robert Stephenson


[edit]OER Commons

  • Location: Based in US, international use
  • Goal: to provide a centralized framework for the use and reuse of OER, through the gathering of metadata and pointers to OER worldwide, and to build a knowledge base of use through tagging, rating, reviewing, recommending, and annotating OER.
  • License: encourages Creative Commons use or alternative
  • Subjects: All (includes K-12, higher ed, and training)



  • License: cc by-nc-sa