Rosen Publishing Provides Inside Scoop on LRMI Tagging Process

If you’re considering tagging your resources to the LRMI specification, but aren’t sure what it entails, you can hear first-hand from one of the LRMI’s Proof of Concept (POC) participants, Holly Cefrey, data resource manager at Rosen Publishing. Below, Cefrey shares her experience with the LRMI and offers insight on the importance of this metadata specification that seeks to improve Internet searches for the education community.

1.  What is your primary goal for your involvement with the Learning Resource Metadata Initiative?

“Being involved with the LRMI satisfies a number of goals that are equally important to us and to educators. We are committed to the idea that students and educators should be able to find the best resources for their needs. LRMI’s directive of providing high visibility for educational resources makes it extremely easy for users to find exactly what they need. It also exposes them to educational options that they may not know exist. Rosen creates thousands of books and resources in conjunction with feedback from librarians and educators. Making these resources more discoverable is an important step in the process of getting them into the hands of those who will benefit from them.”

2.  How would you describe your experience with the LRMI to date? How many resources have you tagged?

“The experience with LRMI and its representatives has been extremely rewarding; it is fostering an industry-wide standard that has streamlined our entire metadata workflow. We’ve tagged more than a thousand of resources and we will continue our work. Assigning values within LRMI’s specs was fairly easy because they were organized from the start with their proposed properties and values.”

3.  What are the steps in the process of tagging to the LRMI?

“We’ve been following Educational Systemics’ directions and templates to the letter. We select resources, strip out values that are not part of the LRMI, apply accurate values to each, satisfying the required data fields, and then we submit. The tagged data is being added to our outreach and internal processes.”

4.  How did you decide which resources to tag first?

“We selected sample material that would allow the tagging team and Rosen to exercise a range of values across a diverse range of our resources. Because Common Core State Standards (CCSS) is a key component, our samples include many of our new programs and ancillaries that were created to fulfill specific CCSS requirements.”

5.  What are the top three things publishers should consider when starting to tag resources?

  • Don’t be afraid to roll up your sleeves and start tagging.
  • The more resources that are tagged, the more useful the system will be.
  • The Educational Systemics staff and Dave Gladney, LRMI project manager for AEP, are always there to help.

Are you interested in getting involved with the LRMI? Do you want to begin tagging materials yourself? Email Dave Gladney at dgladney@aepweb.org.