Have you heard about the Learning Resource Metadata Initiative (LRMI)?
This is a project which was launched in June 2011, co-led by the Association of Educational Publishers (AEP) and the Creative Commons and funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.
Its mission is to develop a standard education framework for educational content, with a focus on making resource materials easier to find and more accessible and hence improving search for teaching and learning.
The proposed schema is similar to that adopted by the major search engines such as Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc. Primarily targeted at resources for primary and secondary schools, some of the areas considered key towards a consistent tagging process include:
- grade level
- standards alignments
- content area
- copyright/licensing considerations
- media type (print, video or digital)
Currently in its 2nd Phase (Adoption/Implementation phase), it is focusing on the adoption and implementation of the LRMI metadata specification and is targeting to complete in Feb 2013.
So, what does it mean to you and I as an educator, learner or content creator? Watch the video below which was presented by Michael Jay (LRMI Proof-of-concept Project Lead) at the Frankfurt 2012 Book Fair to find out more. You can also visit the LRMI website to for more resources and video presentations about the data standard, schema, etc.