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In medicine and the health care professions there are substantial numbers of OERs and other open access resources. However, these resources may be difficult to find, and the learner is frequently uncertain about the quality and context of the material. OpenMed (http://openmed.co.uk/) is a learning framework to curate these resources. It is being co-created by our undergraduate medical students and staff for the benefit of students, trainees and educators in medicine and health care professions. A key element to facilitate development is the involvement of all our medical students, who we encourage to take some responsibility and ownership. For any student, this can be a minor role offering suggestions of suitable resources, or a more significant role, as an author or curator, or creator of new materials. Students can establish teams to take responsibility for a topic, which may be part of their formal curriculum as a Student Selected Component, or informally, perhaps within a student medical subject society. This medical school is currently undergoing significant change in delivery of its teaching content. It is developing many more online resources, which are being created as OERs and will eventually form the backbone of our own curriculum, as well as being curated in OpenMed. All resources are assessed by learners and educational and subject experts. Each resource is placed within the learning framework, tagged with a measure of its quality, a short description, a stratification indicator for the learner’s level of expertise, and how long it will take to undertake. Throughout, students work with experts to curate the resource. This curation process also raises wider questions to discuss: Who owns co-created content? Who owns resources where significant value is added to existing materials in a curation process?