Education Metadata Project Reaches Major Milestone

Project plans to demonstrate improved search for online educational resources in late June  

Contact:        
Dave Gladney
AEP
dgladney@AEPweb.org
302-295-8350     

Alyssa Giustino 
KEH Communications
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410-975-9638

WILMINGTON, DE, June 4, 2012 The Learning Resource Metadata Initiative (LRMI) has released version 1.0 of its metadata specification for online educational content. The latest version includes changes intended to more accurately reflect the relationship between a learning resource and the achievement standard with which it is aligned. The LRMI, co-led by the Association of Educational Publishers (AEP) and Creative Commons, aims to improve online search for learning resources by creating a standard markup language for identifying educational content on the web.

The LRMI 1.0 specification is available online at www.lrmi.net/the-specification. In addition to hosting the new LRMI specification, the recently redesigned LRMI website now features a collection of example pages that demonstrate best practices for marking up online content with LRMI tags.

The LRMI now has its sights set on another major milestone—demonstrating proof of concept—set for late June at the 2012 International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference. To this end, AEP has spearheaded a project to tag several hundred learning resources in order to document best practices and demonstrate end user search experience with content that has been marked up according to the LRMI specification. To date, the following companies and organizations have signed on to participate: Adaptive Curriculum, BetterLesson, CK-12, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Learning.com, LearningStation, McGraw Hill, National Science Teachers Association, PCI Education, Pearson, Rosen Publishing, and Scholastic.

“A streamlined electronic gateway and repository of content systematized by common metadata will provide the ease of access for educational online content that 21st century learning demands,” said Roger Rosen, President of Rosen Publishing, a participant in the proof of concept development. “The LRMI implementation has the potential to be a game-changer in electronic learning.”

For more information on the Learning Resource Metadata Initiative, please visit 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.

About Creative Commons (CC)
Creative Commons is a globally-focused nonprofit organization dedicated to making it easier for people to share and build upon the work of others, consistent with the rules of copyright. Creative Commons provides free licenses and other legal tools to give everyone from individual creators to large companies and institutions a simple, standardized way to grant copyright permissions and get credit for their creative work while allowing others to copy, distribute and make specific uses of it. Creative Commons was built with and is sustained by the generous support of organizations including the Center for the Public Domain, Google, LuLu, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Mozilla Corporation, The Omidyar Network, Red Hat, the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, as well as members of the public. For more information about Creative Commons, visit http://creativecommons.org.