At the NAACE2009 conference on 3rd march, Jim Knight the Minister of State for Schools and Learners thanked NAACE members for their support for the National Digital Resource Bank (NDRB), describing it as a “landmark project”
The National Digital Resource Bank is a project designed to release millions of pound worth of publicly funded digital resources and place them within school’s Learning Platforms as curriculum focused creative commons licenced resources.
NDRB is an initiative of the North West Learning Grid and has received active support and encouragement from the Yorkshire and Humberside Grid for Learning and West Midlands (WMNet). Out of the remaining English NEN Providers, all but the South East Grid for Learning are considering providing regional support to the many Local Authorities looking forward to accessing a wide range of digital resources for their Learning Platforms. Both Northern Ireland and Wales also intend to share digital resources in what has quickly become the UK’s biggest collaboration around sharing digital resources.
The Project has received additional journalistic interest because it is being delivered using an Open Source product called AGREGA which is part of an international partnership with Spain that also includes the sharing of digital resources between the UK and Spain.
Over the next few weeks Local Authorities will be receiving their NDRB membership packs that will enable them to have early access to the resource bank and will map out the intended delivery plan between now and the new academic year.