I came into this a little late (flew down this morning), and missed the opening of this talk. The speaker was Joel Thierstien, ED of the Connexions project at Rice. Connexions is a MERLOT-like respository for digital learning materials across disciplines. From what I gathered, it had its origins at Rice, but now includes materials from authors all over the world. Archiving is permanent, licensing is Creative Commons, there’s a print-on-demand publisher partner so users can compile their own texts out of the materials in the system. Quality control and vetting are done through “endorsements” by organizations or individuals with name recognition. Interesting model.