November 25, 2015

Serendipity, a New Faceted Search Tool Utilizes Linked Data to Help With Discovery of Open Educational Resources

2014-04-28_15-41-49The ePSI Platform site reports that Serendipity, a new search tool utilizing linked data to help users discover open educational resources (OER) and OpenCourseWare (OCW) materials has formally launched.

Serendipity is project from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and the Universidad Técnica Particular de Loja (Ecuador). The user interface and search are in English.

From EPSI:

One of the main features of the platform, Serendipity POIs (Points of Interest), allows users to visualize OCW repositories from a dataset based on Linked Data technologies.

Direct to Search via Serendipity

Direct to Serendipity POI Map (Visualize OCW Repositories)

Those of you who would like to learn more about this project/research tool will be happy to learn that there are a number of informative resources to read and view.

From 2014: Serendipity: a platform to discover and visualize data from OER (Conference Paper)
Presented April 24, 2014 at the OCW Consortium Global Conference.

Linked data has the potential of create bridges between OCW data silos. To assess the impact of Linked Data in OpenCourseWare, the authors present a faceted tool called Serendipity and a Data Visualization Web interface called Serendipity Maps. Serendipity is an interface of faceted search for open educational content based on Open Educational Resources Data. Additionally, the linked OER and OCW data environment enabled us to show data visualizations.

From 2013: Serendipity a Faceted Search for OpenCourseWare Content (Slides and Video)

From 2012: “Linked OpenCourseWare Data” Presentation (Slides and Video)

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