+ Surveying Europe’s
ETB Project is carrying out a survey of educational repositories including an
analysis of national networks’ educational materials online, and including more
than 200 contacts from educational repositories and related projects. The ETB
Questionnaire attempts to identify general characteristics of the repository (e.g.
target groups, objectives) including quality maintenance and the use of metadata.
This will be the basis for the development of new search tools for educators and
enhancements to the interoperability of existing repositories.
European Schoolnet's Selected Resources
Tired of spending time
searching for suitable teaching material on the net? Do hours go by as you
click around confusing sites with irrelevant links? To try to make your
life just that little bit easier an exciting new feature has been added to the
Resources Area. EUN 'Selected Resources' contains European Schoolnet's 100 'greatest
hits', a compilation of the best educational sites featured in the website over
the last 18 months.
Advanced Educational Repositories in Europe:
NGfL & Learnline
The European Treasury
Browser (ETB) project is conducting a survey of the major educational respositories
in Europe, covering software, architecture, protocols, metadata standards and
quality control. This article about the United Kingdom's National Grid for Learning
gives an overview of the network, its tools and types of resources available.
Subscribe to the Teachers
Online Project newsletter here.
By contrast, the Educational
Repository ‘Learn-line’ is the educational server of the county of North-Rhine
Westphalia in Germany. It was founded by the county Institute for School and
Further Education and is funded by the ministry of the county.
+ The 24 Hour Museum Gateway
The '24 Hour Museum'
is a gateway to museums, galleries and heritage resources online in the UK.
Over fifty museums have been involved in a pilot project to provide easy access
to collections relevant to curriculum topics. The site includes a 'Resource
Finder' to locate educational materials, a 'Museum in the Classroom Pack' and
a 'Museum Finder' to unearth collections, galleries and museums covering topics
as diverse as dentistry, art, farmhouses and family names.
+ RENARDUS Talking Heads:
Origins of the Project
(From the RENARDUS News
Renardus project is building an academic subject gateway service for Europe
as part of the EU's User-friendly Society programme. The project's Web site
hosts an occasional series of informal views and interviews with project and
related staff. In the first of the series, Titia van der Werf, one of the project
coordinators from the National Library of the Netherlands, offers a personal
overview of the project. How did the Renardus concept come about? What's
the 'master plot'? Are you likely to be joining
us at the 'metadata junction'?
+ First Portuguese Education Portal
The first Portuguese
portal for education was launched on 16th June. The web editor is a traditional
educational print publisher, ‘Porto Editora’. Besides being in Portuguese, you
can find news aas well as the top ten of educational web pages.
Digital Preservation: CEDARS Metadata
Cedars (CURL Exemplars
in Digital ARchiveS) has drafted a metadata specification which is designed
to facilitate 'long-term preservation of digital materials'. This metadata is
required to support meaningful access to the archived digital content and includes
descriptive, administrative, technical and legal information. This document
describes the metadata elements which the Cedars Project has identified as being
useful to ensure that digital library resources can be accessed and used in
An Integrated Standards and SCHEMAS Exchange
SCHEMAS is a forum aimed
at encouraging discussion among those using metadata in European IST Programmes
as well as other projects. The forum hopes that this dialogue will lead to the
development of standards and exchange of good practice. This is of key importance
to those involved in education, whether on a large or small scale. Find out
also about the first SCHEMAS Workshop presentation.
Dublin Core Metadata
When resources are indexed
in a digital database for searching and retrieval, the labels used to index
them are called metadata, sometimes called 'data about data'. Until recently,
approaches taken to metadata have often been haphazard. Metadata users and producers
each have their own spin on how it should be done. Many have been calling for
a global standard to make information exchange easier, as with ISBN codes used
New Access, New Media, New
+ Tour of DESIRE:
Resource Discovery, Caching and Directory Services
Access and Filtering (IAF), analysis and handling programme aims to develop
advanced tools and techniques to enhance the users' potential when working with
multimedia content. The focus is on rich, descriptive models of digital resources
covering all media types and including emerging wireless and digital systems.
'New cognitive relations between systems and users via individualised metaphors
and visualisation techniques, as well as related information and categorisation
in two action lines (content-processing for domestic and mobile multimedia platforms,
and information visualisation) will also be covered.' (El.Pub)
The DESIRE project's
focus is on enhancing existing European information networks for research across
Europe through research and development in three main areas: Caching, Resource
Discovery and Directory Services. The DESIRE project has built a wide range of
online resources and those seeking a quick overview can try the guided tour:
+ IMS Online Learning XML
More news from the IMS
Global Learning Consortium: they've released two XML-based standards for building
online training and education applications. The specifications, the IMS Content
Packaging Specification, and the IMS Question and Test Interoperability Specification
enable 'advanced online training and education technologies, as well as learning
system interoperability,' according to Ed Walker, CEO of the IMS Global Learning
Prometeus Special Interest Groups
The first annual PROMETEUS
(PROmoting Multimedia access to Education and Training in EUropean Society)
meeting tool place last March and aimed at 'defining clearly key topics in Multimedia
Supported Education & Training in Europe and formulating consensus views and
recommendations that could lead to useful European (or worldwide) educational
standards, in full respect of Europe's multilinguality and multiculturality'.