3 thoughts on “e-Learning Standards: MLR or LRMI?

  1. Nice write-up, thank you. One point I think is inaccurate: LRMI is not lead by Google, Yahoo, Bing. It was initially lead by Creative Commons and the Association of Educational Publishers (AEP, now part of the AAP); no it is lead by the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative. LRMI seeks to build on schema.org, and schema.org is lead by Google, Yandex, Bing and Yahoo, and LRMI has had some advisory input from people at Bing and Google on schema.org–they help but they don’t lead. We hope that this approach will encourage these search engines to use LRMI. Having a metadata spec for education used by the search engines that most people use is a good thing, right?

    Thank you also for the update on MLR, I found that helpful.

    1. Thank you so much for taking the time to read through the post and provide your useful and critical insights. Seems like I got some background info wrong, and also maybe the choice of some words was misleading at some points (like “support”). I have taken the time to incorporate them into the post and would like to thank you so much once more! I hope that this post and similar ones can contribute to the better undestanding of the standards by everyone interested. I know that when I looked for information online, I found it to be a bit scattered so I hope my small contribution will be of significance. And as far as your question goes, of course it’s a good thing having a metadata spec for education. Of course. Especially led/supported/encouraged by big players out there. Some arguments there (again, I am still on the fence with that, haven’t picked sides yet), are (a) we do have metadata specs for education, maybe one too many if you ask me, (b) it’s nice to have an in-depth approach to this and not simply some fields that are easy to use but with little semantic richness and (c) it’s also a “must” to avoid getting to the other extreme of creating specs and standards that are too complicated for us to understand, let alone use. I have been working for some time with communities of users of digital content (from learning resources to scientific data) on various fields, and it seems that metadata quality is never (or rarely) satisfactory. And of course metadata specs are not the ones to blame, or at least the only ones. This is a multidimensional and context-specific problem most of the times.

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