As an organization, ISKME seeks to make education more participatory, equitable, and open, breaking down barriers through open access digital libraries, professional learning, and educational research studies. ISKME is in service of educators and seeks to make their work more effective and efficient. Founded in 2002, ISKME began as a research institute conducting applied social science research looking at continuous improvement in education. In 2007, ISKME launched OER Commons to support the collaborative creation, discovery, and curation of OER. ISKME continues to work across the field of education to facilitate and support continuous improvement to education policies, programs, and practice through grant-funded research and partner services. ISKME supports innovative teaching and learning practices throughout the globe, and is well known for its pioneering open education initiatives.