Free LRMI Workshop Scheduled for January 12 in California

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Friday, January 4, 2013

The Learning Resource Metadata Initiative (LRMI) is offering a free LRMI Workshop on Saturday, January 12, 2013, at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (PST). Educational content publishers and curators, as well as those who provide metadata services to the education community, are invited to attend the day-long workshop, which will take an in-depth look at this new initiative to improve search and delivery of quality learning resources.

The LRMI, co-led by the Association of Educational Publishers (AEP) and Creative Commons, has developed a common metadata specification for marking up educational resources on the Web. An extension of Schema.org’s work, the LRMI tagging schema will enable publishers of educational content to assign meaningful context to their resources, such as subject area, grade level, and alignment to learning standards. At the same time, the LRMI markup provides rich metadata to search engines and other delivery platforms, ultimately connecting teachers and students with the exact resources they need at the precise moment they need them.

The free LRMI workshop will help attendees understand:

  • the origins and current status of the project, including its ties to Schema.org (a consortium involving the world’s leading search engines, Microsoft Bing, Google, Yahoo!, and Yandex)
  • the specification development process
  • how the LRMI relates to existing tagging standards
  • how it ties in with other “Big Data” initiatives in education, such as the Learning Registry and the Shared Learning Collaborative (SLC)
  • what tagging tools and guidelines are available to help organizations get started with tagging their content

Attendees will also have exclusive early access to a prototype copy of an LRMI and Learning Registry Implementation Guide being developed by AEP, SLC, and Educational Systemics.

The LRMI workshop, which will be held in conjunction with a “codeathon” event hosted by the SLC, will provide opportunities to network with individuals who are driving the initiative and those who are purchasing and implementing instructional resources based, in part, on their LRMI metadata tags. This joint effort provides a unique opportunity to see firsthand how the LRMI will impact the future of educational resource delivery.

“AEP looks forward to providing another opportunity to increase understanding of this initiative and its positive impact among the educational resource community,” said Dave Gladney, LRMI project manager for AEP. “The LRMI has the potential to drive the future of personalized learning, and we want to ensure that everyone with a stake in educational content publishing or delivery is fully informed and up-to-date on this important work.” 

Register for this workshop today here. To learn more about the LRMI or to read the latest project updates, visit www.lrmi.net.   

About the Association of Educational Publishers (AEP)
The only professional organization that serves the diverse needs of the entire educational resource community, the Association of Educational Publishers (AEP) encourages and advocates for professional, quality content for teaching and learning. The membership of AEP represents the wide range of individuals, institutions and businesses dedicated to delivering progressive learning resources in all media and for any educational setting. Founded in 1895, AEP now helps its members navigate the global realities of educational publishing in the 21st Century.

 

AEP is at the forefront of the educational publishing industry, leading initiatives that help drive the future of content development and delivery. It has taken a leading role in many efforts supporting the industry, including the Learning Resource Metadata Initiative (LRMI), which is changing the way educational materials are found on the Internet; Innovation Through Inclusion, promoting industry-wide diversity; and representation of educational publishers on matters such as new legislation and funding. Through its events, publications and recognition programs, AEP works to inform and advance the industry and to define and applaud excellence in the field. For more information, please visit www.AEPweb.org.