OpenFields is an internet based 'library'. It is designed to meet practitioner and student demand for knowledge that supports and stimulates the development of land-based industries. It aims to become their first point of reference.
The 'library' has the capacity to bring together a large number and a wide variety of knowledge transfer items - text documents, images, audio and video, and provides direct access to each without charge. Items are contributed by and via organisations whose mission is to promote best practice, knowledge exchange and transfer: colleges; universities; professional and learned bodies; industry initiatives.
OpenFields has been developed from the work of the National Rural Knowledge Exchange (a HEFCE funded collaboration between 14 universities) and is currently supported and hosted by Harper Adams University College. A small team located at Harper Adams and comprising web developers and content managers are responsible for building and maintaining the online library. Click for contact information.
Growth of the library is dependent on the contributed items of authoritative organisations. As OpenFields gathers momentum an invited consultative group will identify and consider funding and governance mechanisms for longer term development of the national resource.