The Learning Resource Metadata Initiative (LRMI) is a project to create a common vocabulary for describing learning resources on the Internet. The technical working group has been formed and includes representatives from experts in the fields of education, publishing, and metadata. Their goal is to create a metadata framework for tagging resources that is can be easily implemented, but rich enough to assign valuable attributes to educational content to make searching and filtering easier.

This interesting information was found on eSchool News in their press release, “Education and Publishing Industry Experts Named to Learning Resource Metadata Initiative Technical Working Group.” After the working group has completed their portion of the project, it will be submitted to Bing, Google, and Yahoo! to be considered for adoption under their recently announced initiative. If accepted, the LRMI framework would become the default standard for tagging learning resources online. At that point, the technical working group will make recommendations for long-term governance of the standard.

Melody K. Smith

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