Education Metatagging Project Enters Phase Two

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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

The Learning Resource Metadata Initiative (LRMI) has moved into the second phase of its proof of concept metadata tagging project, expanding its scope to tag English language arts resources, in addition to math content.

The LRMI is working to make it easier to publish, discover and deliver quality educational content on the web by creating a standard tagging framework for learning resources. Through its proof of concept project, the LRMI aims to document best practices for tagging to the LRMI specification and provide support for publishers by helping them understand the "real world" application of the LRMI. To date, 616 resources have been evaluated, tagged and aligned, with plans for another 450+ resources in upcoming rounds of tagging.

POC Phase II participating companies are: Classroom Inc., Federal Reserve Bank New York, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Learning Media, LearningStation, Pearson Education, Rosen Publishing, PCI Education, Saddleback Educational Publishing, William H. Sadlier, Inc., Super Duper Publications, Utah Education Network and Virtual Nerd.

"Super Duper Publications is excited to be participating in Phase II of the Learning Resource Metadata Initiative," says Editor Beth Holland. "LRMI will make it much easier for speech-language pathologists, special educators, teachers and parents to find the Super Duper materials that will meet the needs of their children."

Participating publishers will work with Educational Systemics Inc.and tagging experts from Knovation to tag their resources to the LRMI specification for better discoverability on the web.  Any company that develops, distributes or aggregates learning resources will benefit from tagging their content to the LRMI schema.

"The LRMI is important as a common schema to coordinate intelligent connections to resources for users (students and teachers) to learn correctly the parts they are missing," said Jim Kirchner, CEO of LearningStation and a proof of concept participant. "If we can diagnose the specific area of misunderstanding, the LRMI will allow us to connect to valuable resources for learning."

The LRMI is co-led by the Association of Educational Publishers (AEP) and Creative Commons, and funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

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