Xplana.com, a digital content and social learning education platform, has selected Access Innovations as its semantics partner for the next release of its Xplana learning platform, to be launched in August 2011. 

Access Innovations’ Data Harmony suite, including Thesaurus Master, M.A.I. for automatic indexing of the records, and XIS, the XML Intranet System platform for content creation, will be used to create and maintain the company’s metadata as well as manage Xplana’s course taxonomies and other metadata resources to allow the updated platform to enhance the utility of its educational content. Applications of semantic tagging, indexing and content creation will enable students and educators to quickly access, organize, and share published articles, eBooks, class notes, presentations and other study resources.  

Launched in 2010, Xplana.com currently has more than 400,000 educational assets –  e-books, open educational resources, and curated content – available to its community of users in a wide range of subjects from agriculture and animals to English and languages, science and computer science and non-academic areas. 

In addition to working with Xplana, Access Innovations owns and operates NICEM, the National Information Center for Educational Media. NICEM is the world’s most comprehensive educational audiovisual database and serves as an important reference tool for librarians, media specialists, training directors, educators, and researchers. NICEM combines a database of 670,000 unique pieces of educational media from over 25,000 producers and distributors, keeping clean authority files on both collections and providing the user with an up-to-date resource in a field of quickly changing ownership of intellectual properties.

Melody K. Smith