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
HEDIIP has today published a report on the requirements for a new subject coding system. The report by Cetis’s Wilbert Kraan with Alan Paull, summarises the findings of an extensive stakeholder engagement process to identify the requirements for this new system. The Stage 1 Report titled New Subject Coding Scheme, Impact Assessment and Requirements Definition is available on the HEDIIP site.
Cetis have now started the second stage of the project and will be undertaking further engagement with stakeholders to develop the coding structure, an adoption plan and governance model. Throughout Stage 2 the open consultation webpage will used to gather feedback on emerging aspects of design, adoption and governance.
Lorna M. Campbell and Phil Barker will be presenting an ASIS&T DCMI webinar at 15:00 GMT on Wednesday 19 November which will provide an introduction to LRMI and offer the opportunity to discuss its future applications. Registration is via the ASIS&T website and is free to members of ASIS&T or DCMI and $25 to others. A recording of the webinar will be freely available after the event.
Tomorrow (12th November) Brian Kelly will be presenting in the NMC Symposium on the Future of Libraries. (from the web site)
In this half-day event, library professionals, educators, and thought leaders will explore four major themes from the NMC Horizon Report > 2014 Library Edition: Increasing Access and Discovery Opportunities, Emphasis on Mobile, Content Management and Technical Infrastructure, and Rethinking Roles and Relationships of Librarians.
Brian’s presentation is at 9:15-10:00 Central US Time.
Registration is available at the NMC site.
Open Scotland is a cross-sector initiative to raise awareness of Open Education practices in Scotland and beyond. In an article for the Open Education Consortium Lorna Campbell and Joe Wilson (SQA) describe the principles of Open Scotland and what it aims to achieve.
Also available is a video interview with Lorna Campbell about Open Scotland recorded following her keynote presentation at the OER-Konferenz 2014 in Berlin in September in which she describes the project (Fifth set down the page). The slides for the talk are available on Lorna’s blog: http://lornamcampbell.wordpress.com/2014/09/09/oerde14-the-view-from-scotland/