Tracking OERs: Web search

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This page is archived. It is no longer maintained, and information in it may be dated.
A synthesis of our work on Open Educational Resources can be found in the book
"Into the wild – Technology for open educational resources"
Open Educational Resources
OER Contents:
UKOER Programme support
UKOER sources
CETIS UKOER mini projects
Describing OERs
Tracking OERs
UKOER projects in PROD
UKOER synthesis & summary
CETIS OER papers
CETIS OER events
Tracking Open Educational Resources:
Methods of monitoring OER output
- Counting Resources
Methods of monitoring use and reuse
- Web usage stats
- Online analytics
- URL redirects
- Web bugs
- Web search
Methods of monitoring comments
- Comment aggregation
CETIS OER Contacts
Phil Barker [1]
Based at: ICBL Heriot-Watt University
Phil's JISC CETIS blog
Lorna M Campbell [2]
Based at: CAPLE, University of Strathclyde
Lorna's JISC CETIS blog
Contact for this section
Phil Barker

This page is one of several describing technical approaches to tracking the use of OERs.

The idea behind using web search as a tracking mechanism is that one may discover where on the open web a resource is available by putting a unique phrase, tag or identifier into the text of the resource and then searching Google or other index for that phrase. The key phrase used should be should be unique to the resource, project or programme depending on the level of aggregation required for the tracking. An extreme form is the use of the whole text of the resource as the phrase for searching.