The LRMI is co-led by the Association of Educational Publishers (AEP) and Creative Commons. This partnership represents the combined resources and expertise of the entire community of businesses, organizations, institutions, and individuals creating and curating content for educational use.
Creative Commons leads the LRMI Technical Working Group of metadata and education experts responsible for developing the LRMI specification. AEP oversees the LRMI Advisory Group, comprised of commercial and non-commercial educational publishers and distributors. AEP is also responsible for communication about the project, including the maintenance of the LRMI website and the LRMI email list.
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.
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About Creative Commons
With the Internet, universal access to education is possible, but its potential is hindered by outdated copyright laws and incompatible technologies. Creative Commons works to minimize these barriers, by providing licenses and tools that anyone, from individual creators to large companies and institutions, can use to share their educational materials with the world. CC licenses are a simple, standardized way to keep your copyright while allowing certain uses of your work — a “some rights reserved” approach that builds upon the “all rights reserved” concept of traditional copyright. CC licenses make textbooks and lesson plans easy to find, easy to share, and easy to customize and combine — helping to realize the full benefits of digitally enabled education.
Creative Commons will provide the expert knowledge and leadership in developing and stewarding critical legal and technology infrastructure to the Learning Resource Metadata Initiative, ensuring interoperability of openly licensed educational materials.