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Standardized Metadata for Education: A Status Report.

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This paper starts with a brief background to worldwide standardization activities in the field of educational technologies, and identifies three important accredited standardization organizations in the domain of education and training: the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Learning Technology Standardization Committee (LTSC), the European Committee for Standardization, Information Society Standardization System (CEN ISSS) Learning Technologies Workshop (LTWS), and the ISO/IEC (International Organization for Standardization / International Electrotechnical Commission) JTC1 Joint Technical Committee. It then focuses on the specific area of metadata, and introduces the two most relevant approaches there: IEEE LTSC Learning Object Metadata (LOM) and DC (Dublin Core)-Education. The next section briefly reviews some recent developments in a number of the more relevant search consortia, followed by a review of adoption in smaller scale projects and use in research. The paper concludes that at present, there is little activity on interoperability between independently developed systems for metadata management, and that it is now time to start this interoperability development, as the specifications and implementations are maturing. (Contains 27 references.) (AEF)

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Author:Duval, Erik
Publication:ERIC: Reports
Date:Jun 1, 2001
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