Owners of educational multimedia repositories are invited to share their metadata to help test portal solutions for the international sharing of materials. The TERENA Task Force on Applied Media in Teaching and Learning (TF-Media) is testing two potential portals as an early step towards a possible pan-European open educational resource portal service, to link with emerging global repositories.
There is a great interest around the world in creating, using and storing audiovisual ‘learning objects’ in repositories as a way of meeting growing educational demands. While millions of materials can be found on the Internet using search engines, to find useful, high quality and copyright-compliant content is not guaranteed. Well-managed repositories that aggregate high quality content and provide metadata describing the topic, presenter, date of production, licensing and so on, offer a solution to this problem.
The idea of a European-level open educational resource portal to address the gap between national- and global-level repositories was first discussed during a TF-Media meeting in February 2012.
Now two preliminary portal solutions have been implemented by TF-Media participants from the national research and education networking organisations GRNET (Greece) and IUCC (Israel). Along with SWITCH (Switzerland), they have offered their own repository metadata to be used in the new pilot portal project. During the coming three months, this project will test the technologies’ success in harvesting the metadata and sharing it in a directory of available materials. A wider pool of metadata to work with would be invaluable to this process, hence the invitation to share.
Survey of metadata requirements
Good quality metadata is vital to the success of any repository aggregator system. To establish what is the minimum set of metadata required to share materials through the pilot open educational resource portal, TF-Media is creating a short survey that will be sent to repository owners within the next few weeks.
The pilot project to establish this open portal involves TF-Media participants from GRNET, SWITCH, IUCC, FCCN, RedIRIS, NIIF, TERENA, Tel Aviv University (Israel), University of Vigo (Spain), Kaunas University of Technology (Lithuania) and the Polytechnic of Porto School of Engineering (Portugal).
More information about this task force and all its activities including the open educational resource portal project is available from the TF-Media webpage.