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Resource Description and Discovery

Resource description covers both encoded descriptions (metadata) and human readable free text descriptions to support the discovery, retrieval, use and management of learning resources.

This work relates to the Learning Resources and Activities area of the JISC eLearning Programme, and to the JISC Information Environment programme.

Related topics: Repositories, Semantic Technologies, Open Educational Resources


03 Apr 2014 Phil Barker
I had the pleasure yesterday to talk on the Mozilla Open Badges community call about how LRMI and Open Badges may intersect. Open Badges are a means of displaying digital recognition of skills and achievements, there’s a technical framework behind the badges that offers the means of providing data in support of the claimed achievement. […]
Metadata Competences Resource Description and Discovery Standards
06 Mar 2014 Phil Barker
The educational alignment property and the associated alignment object that LRMI introduced into have been described as the “killer feature” for LRMI. However, I know from the number of questions asked about the alignment object and from examples I have seen of it being used wrongly that it is not the easiest construct to understand. […]
Metadata Resource Description and Discovery Standards
15 Jan 2014 Phil Barker
Even in the knowledge that current mainstream EPUB readers and applications for managing eBooks will most likely ignore all but the most trivial metadata, we still have use cases that involve more sophisticate metadata. For example we would like to use the LRMI alignment object in to say that a particular subsection of a […]
Metadata Packaged Content Semantic Technologies Resource Description and Discovery
24 Jul 2013 Phil Barker
A while back I summarised the input about semantics and academic coding that Lorna and I had made on behalf of Cetis for a study on possible reforms to JACS, the Joint Academic Coding System. That study has now been published. JACS is mainatained by HESA (the Higher Education Statistics Agency) and UCAS (Universities and […]
Semantic Technologies Resource Description and Discovery
18 Jun 2013 Phil Barker
One of the issues around eTextBooks is how to describe them, specifically by way of educational metadata in ePub. That’s something that on the face of it shouldn’t be too difficult to address (at least to the extent that we know how to describe any educational resource). One thing that would be useful in demonstrating […]
Metadata Resource Description and Discovery

Resource Description and Discovery Events

Past Events

Date: 29 May 2012 to 30 May 2012
Open Educational Resources (OER) Hackday
Date: 31 Mar 2011 to 01 Apr 2011
JISC CETIS Conference 2010
Date: 15 Nov 2010 to 16 Nov 2010

Resource Description and Discovery Resources

Guides to metadata
Date: Oct 2009
A listing of introductory guides to metadata in general, to the LOM in particular and to the use of the LOM.
Learning Materials Application Profile Scoping Study final report
Date: Sep 2008
The approach of the LMAP Scoping Study was to recognize that a typical collection of learning materials is likely to include a wide range of resource types (e.g. images, web pages, digital media, assessment items) all of which require description.
What is the OAI Protocol for Metadata Harvesting?
Date: Jan 2007
A briefing paper giving a short overview of the OAI Protocol for Metadata Harvesting, which is simple technical option for catalogue and repository services to make their metadata available to other services, based on the HTTP and XML standards, resulti
What is IEEE LOM?
Date: Jan 2006
A briefing paper giving an introduction to the IEEE LOM, a data model used to describe a learning object and similar digital resources used to support learning.
What is IMS VDEX?
Date: Jan 2006
A briefing paper giving an introduction to the IMS specification for vocabulary description and exchange (VDEX).

Resource Description and Discovery Publications

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