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The HEA/JISC funded OER pilot project positively encourages the exploitation of technically sophisticated web-based services such as YouTube, Flickr etc. to present resources released by the project. The challenge is to then create a search facility that is able to pull together appropriate resources spread over a number of services on the web yet offer more information and presentational flexibility than the de-facto benchmark search tool, Google.
This paper presents an attempt to embrace the sophisticated interconnectivity available from these services and the human, technical and metadata considerations. The aim is to avoid creating another database that duplicates (possibly incorrectly) information held elsewhere eliminating the confusion that may cause and the maintenance load that checking and updating would cause. These issues will reduce the sustainiblity of such a project output.