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logo of the edu-sharing project
Developer(s) DFG-project CampusContent, edu-sharing community
Stable release
3.1 / June 2017
Operating system SLES10, OpenSuse11.1, OpenSuse11.2, Ubuntu 8.04 LTS Server, Ubuntu 10.04.1.LTS
Type Content Management System
License GPL

edu-sharing is an open source e-learning integration solution. The core of the system is a repository for the co-operative creation, management and usage of objects such as: files, links, instances of integrated tools and courses of connected learning management systems such as Moodle.


edu-sharing is mainly in the educational area. In this context it is used to:

  • extend the document management functionality of connected learning management systems by offering a dedicated ECMS for educational content
  • publish content stored in edu-sharing and connected sources by means of didactical search engines
  • connect e-learning tools across the borders of organisations


Content can be managed using a web-based user interface or via WebDAV. The system offers different search options such as a faceted search. Edu-sharing supports any metadata sets such as LOM and Dublin Core. For the usage of content stored in the repository in an educational scenario, the system offers interfaces to systems such as Moodle, ILIAS, OLAT and MediaWiki. The so-called rendering-service enables the usage of content which is not naively supported by learning management systems. Examples for such content items are: SCORM-courses, QTI-compliant tests and drills, audio and video files or courses of learning management systems. In order to facilitate the re-use of content users may attach licenses (e.g. Creative Commons) to their content units. Compared to other repository systems for learning content, edu-sharing offers some specific features:

  • autonomy (Each repository is managed independently (for instance by an educational organization) Each installation forms an independent content-pool.)[1][2]
  • secure working spaces (Single users or groups can cooperatively manage content in private environments. The publication of content is optional)[3]
  • interfaces to learning environments
  • interfaces to tools such as Etherpad which can be instantiated via LTI
  • Solr open source enterprise search
  • media transcoding for cross-platform usage of audio and video files

edu-sharing association[edit]

edu-sharing repositories can be connected to each other as well as to other repositories or repository-networks. This enables the exchange of content across the borders of systems and organizations. The edu-sharing network is coordinated by the edu-sharing association. It is based in Weimar, Germany. The association also has offices in Chongqing, China and Krems, Austria. The association was founded in February 2010 by key persons of the DFG-funded project and competence center in e-learning, CampusContent,[4][5] IT companies who are involved in the project’s technology development and users of the system. As part of a yearly summit the members of the association vote for the community roadmap which accounts for 25% of the total roadmap votes.


edu-sharing is the outcome the project “CampusContent” of the FernUniversität in Hagen,[6] which was initiated and directed by Bernd Krämer. CampusContent was subsidized by the DFG. Although CampusContent originally targeted academic education and the idea of open educational resources, it turned out that schools have a high need for technology supporting sharing and re-use of educational content and codified teaching know-how. This is why the system was used in schools before the application in universities. Since the end of the period of sponsorship in 2009 the development of the Open Source software has been managed by a network of IT-service providers which are members of the edu-sharing association.


The edu-sharing-repository is based on the Alfresco document management system. The GUI uses Google Web Toolkit and Angular JS. The rendering service has been developed in PHP.


  • Michael Klebl, Bernd J. Krämer, Annett Zobel: From content to practice: Sharing educational practice in edu-sharing. British Journal of Educational Technology, 41(2010), Nr. 6, S. 936-951 ([1]).
  • Bernd J. Krämer, Michael Klebl, Annett Zobel: Sharing Educational Knowledge and Best Practices in Edu-sharing. In: Second International Conference on Mobile, Hybrid, and On-line Learning, Saint Maarten, The Netherlands, Antilles, 2010, ISBN 978-0-7695-3955-3, S. 53–59 ([2]).
  • Bernd J. Krämer, Michael Klebl, Annett Zobel: edu-sharing – das Portal zur Vernetzung von Anbietern und Nutzern digitaler Lernressourcen. Waxmann Verlag GmbH, Münster 2010, ISBN 978-3-8309-2326-8, S. 20–36 ([3]).

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Distributed Repositories for Educational Content. e-learning and education (eleed).
  2. ^ Distributed Repositories for Educational Content. e-learning and education (eleed).
  3. ^ edu-sharing – das Portal zur Vernetzung von Anbietern und Nutzern digitaler Lernressourcen. Tagungsband GML2010.
  4. ^ website of the project "CampusContent.
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  6. ^ website of the project "CampusContent.