This was covered by several sources - Jorum, a national learning object repository in Britain, is moving to an open access model (can Australia's Le@rning Federation be far behind? Even Britannica is doing it, sort of). Here's the announcement at JISC. "This will make it easier for lecturers and teaching staff to share and re-use each other's teaching resources. JorumOpen - as it will be called - will also provide a showcase for UK universities and colleges on the international stage."