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A standard scormed.

The October 2003 article in EContent entitled "KM and Elearning" was quite interesting and informative in many respects. However, I would like to point out that to call the SCORM ( standard a training metadata standard is quite an understatement, SCORM is much more than just a metadata standard. Actually it is not a standard at all but rather a reference model containing many well established standards that deal with much more than just metadata. The metadata standard that SCORM references is not Dublin Core but rather the metadata standard developed by IMS (www. and IEEE. The background to the IMS Learning Resource Meta-Data standard is below.

In 1997, the IMS Project, part of the non-profit EDUCOM consortium (now EDUCAUSE) of US institutions of higher education and their vendor partners, established an effort to develop open, market-based standards for online learning, including specifications for learning content metadata. Also in 1997, groups within the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) and the IEEE P.1484 study group (now the IEEE Learning Technology Standards Committee--LTSC) began similar efforts. The NIST effort merged with the IMS effort, and IMS began collaborating with the ARIADNE Project, a European Project with an active meta-data definition effort. In 1998, IMS and ARIADNE submitted a joint proposal and specification to IEEE, which formed the basis for the IEEE Learning Object Meta-Data (LOM) Draft Standard, which was a classification for a pre-draft IEEE Draft Standard. IMS publicized the IEEE work through the IMS community in the US, UK, Europe, Australia, and Singapore during 1999 and brought the resulting feedback into the ongoing specification development process.

Great magazine and great articles; keep them coming.

Christian Kaefer Lead Project Manager, DAM McGraw-Hill Education

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Title Annotation:Letters To The Editor
Author:Kaefer, Christian
Article Type:Letter to the Editor
Date:Jan 1, 2004
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