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* Surveying Europe’s Education Metaservers
* Test Drive European Schoolnet's Selected Resources
* Advanced Educational Repositories in Europe: NGfL & Learnline
* The 24 Hour Museum Gateway
* Resource Gateways: Renardus - Origins of the Project
* First Portuguese Education Portal
* Long-term Digital Preservation: CEDARS Metadata
* Knowledge Discovery Exchange: Integrated Standards and SCHEMAS
* Quick Course: Dublin Core Metadata
* New Access, New Media, New Tools
* Tour of DESIRE: Resource Discovery, Caching and Directory Services
* IMS Online Learning XML Specifications

ETB News Headlines
19 June 2000

+ Surveying Europe’s Education Metaservers
The 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.

+ Test Drive 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.

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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 Digest)
The 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.

+ Long-term 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 the future.

+ Knowledge Discovery: 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.

+ Quick Course: 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 for books.

+ New Access, New Media, New Tools
The Information 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)

+ Tour of DESIRE: Resource Discovery, Caching and Directory Services
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 Specifications
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 Consortium.

+ Prometeus Special Interest Groups Progress Report
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'.

Author: Robert Whelan
Web Editor: Riina Vuorikari
Published: Sunday, 16 Jul 2000
Last changed: Tuesday, 27 Feb 2001
Keywords: newsletter, metadata, research technology development, networks