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To find out more, I contacted two LRMI heavy hitters: Dave Gladney, LRMI project manager from AEP, and Phil Barker, who is affiliated with the U.K.
Key to LRMI's success was transparency and repeated polling of experts, any who wanted to contribute to the specification.
"Commercial and open educational resources publishers are producing valuable, high-quality educational content, and the goal of the LRMI is to make that content more discoverable," says Gladney.
The LRMI will provide filters that allow teachers to conduct targeted searches.
One element of LRMI is assigning metatags to information so a teacher will know not only the standard to which that a piece of content is tied, but also the type of content it is (movie, jpeg, etc.) so that it can be used most effectively.
The Learning Resource Metadata Initiative (LRMI) provides a common structure for tagging of learning resources that can be used by search engines and content delivery platforms to deliver more precise results and richer filtering capabilities than traditional web searches.
"We're still in the early stages, establishing the LRMI and building awareness," Gladney says.
Gladney says that the AEP was invited by the Gates Foundation to lead the LRMI project, but Creative Commons is overseeing much of the technical working group activity as well as providing a "huge conduit" to the open educational resources community.
The LRMI, which was announced in June 2011, has the stated goal of developing a metadata framework for describing educational content and products on the web that will make online learning resources more "discoverable" so that students and teachers can find relevant resources more easily.
Similarly, LRMI has created a context to organize educational content so that pertinent materials rise above the mass of Web pages.
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