Cetis is pleased to announce the publication of a new report synthesising ten LRMI implementation projects undertaken during phase two of the Learning Resource Metadata Initiative. Since 2011, the Learning Resource Metadata Initiative has aimed to make it easier to publish, discover, and deliver quality educational resources on the web. In the final phase of the project Cetis’s Lorna Campbell and Phil Barker were asked to produce case studies on the implementation of the specification by ten OER repositories and applications. The abstract for the report summarises its findings:
This paper presents a summary and synthesis of ten Learning Resource Metadata Initiative (LRMI) implementation projects funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates and William and Flora Hewlett Foundations between 2012 and 2013. Funding was allocated to ten OER platforms, through Creative Commons, as part of the Gates funded LRMI project. Cetis were commissioned by Creative Commons to produce cases studies on each project, and to undertake a synthesis of their experiences and outputs.
This synthesis outlines the methodology undertaken, before presenting a brief introduction to each OER platform along with an overview of platform functionality, scope, and technologies deployed. All ten platforms adopted different approaches to implementing LRMI, which are examined in the context of metadata creation and curation workflows. A summary of the implementation projects’ interaction with the Learning registry is also included together with the outlook for sustainable LRMI implementation.
The long term future of LRMI was ensured in October 2014 when leadership and governance of the specification passed to the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative, a long-established metadata community with expertise in metadata design, implementation and best practice.
The report is available from the Cetis publications site