Academic Research

​European Union 2007-2013

ODS – Open Discovery Space: A socially-powered and multilingual open learning infrastructure to boost the adoption of eLearning resources

Open Discovery Space addressed the challenges faced by e-learning in Europe: the interaction between user/learners and platforms, the sharing of resources, the co-creation of resources by communities of teachers, students and their families, and so on. The project developed a platform that offers free access to more than 800,000 educational resources all over Europe. The University of Gastronomic Sciences participated in the project by developing the teaching materials and educational resources based on the research and the critical recovery of the life stories that combine to form the “Granaries of Memory”.


SCIENTIFIC MANAGER: Piercarlo Grimaldi

OTHER UNISG RESEARCHERS INVOLVED: Michele Filippo Fontefrancesco, Luca Percivalle

PARTNERSHIP: Intrasoft International (Luxembourg), Ellinogermaniki Agogi Scholi Panagea Savva Ae (Greece), Universiteit Twente (Netherlands), Computer Technology Institute & Press Diophantus (Greece), Jyvaskylan Yliopisto (Finland), Universidad de Alcala (Spain), Greek Research and Technology Network SA (Greece), Institut Mines-Telecom (France), Universitaet Bayreuth (Germany), European Distance And E-Learning Network Lbg (United Kingdom), Universitaet Duisburg-Essen (Germany), Sero Consulting Ltd (United Kingdom), Open Universiteit Nederland (Holland), Fraunhofer-Gesellschaftzurfoerderung der Angewandtenforschung (Germany), Signosis Sprl (Belgium), Bundesministerim für Unterricht (Austria), Helsingin Yliopisto (Finland), Hogskolen I Oslo Og Akershus (Norway), Psochios Ioannis & Sia Oe – Agro- Know Technologies (Greece), Fondation Euractiv Politech (Belgium), Unisoft Romania Sa (Romania), University of Trieste (Italy), Liverpool John Moores University (United Kingdom), Interactive Core De Astronomia (Portugal), Ou Miksike (Estonia), UC Limburg (Belgium), Universal Learning Systems Ltd (Ireland), Universidad de Cadiz (Spain), Pau Education Sl (Spain), Hrvatska Akademska I Istrazivacka Mreza – Carnet (Croatia) , Anoikto Panepistimio Kyprou – Open University of Cyprus (Cyprus), Digipro Computer Consultants Ltd (Cyprus), Visokoskolska Ustanova Metropolitan Univerzitet U Beogradu (Serbia), Institouto Ekpedeftikis Politikis (Greece), Universite Paul Sabatier Toulouse III (France), Technical University of Crete (Greece), Siveco Romania Sa (Romania), Knowledge Markets Consulting Gmbh (Austria), Universidad De Vigo (Spain), National Research Network Association (Bulgaria), Bundesgymnasium Und Bundesrealgymnasium Schwechat (Austria), Metasolutions Ab (Sweden), Sveuciliste U Zagrebu Fakultet Elektrotehnike I Racunarstva (Croatia), Uab Metis Baltic (Lithuania), UNESCO (France), Universitat Wien (Austria), Ethniko Kentro Erevnas Kai Technologikis Anaptyxis (Greece), Paedagog ische Hochschule Weingarten (Germany), University of Surrey (United Kingdom)

DURATION OF THE PROJECT: 42 months (from 01/04/2012 to 01/10/2015)

FUNDING INSTRUMENT: European Commission – Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Program – CIP-ICT-PSP-2011-5 (Grant Agreement 297229)





Open Discovery Space has set itself as an accelerator of the sharing, adoption, usage, and re-purposing of the already rich existing educational content base. First of all, it demonstrated ways to involve school communities in innovative teaching and learning practices through the effective use of eLearning resources. It promoted community building between numerous schools of Europe and empowered them to use, share and exploit unique resources from a wealth of educational repositories, within meaningful educational activities. In addition, it demonstrated the potential of eLearning resources to meet the educational needs of these communities, supported by European Web portal: a community-oriented social platform where teachers, pupils and parents will be able to discover, acquire, discuss and adapt eLearning resources on their topics of interest. Finally, it assessed the impact and document the whole process into a roadmap that will include guidelines for the design and implementation of effective resource-based educational activities that were used as a reference by stakeholders in school education.

During the ODS project, the researchers of UNISG conducted testing activities with secondary schools in Piedmont (Italy). With the schools, they developed new digital resources and action plans which are part of the resources provided by the ODS portal.



Grimaldi, P. & Porporato D. (2012), Granai della Memoria: manuale di umanità 2.0, University of Gastronomic Sciences.