skip to main page content CETIS: Click here to return to the homepage
the centre for educational technology interoperability standards

skip over the long navigation bar
Home
News
Features
Events
Forums
Reference
Briefings
Press centre

Inside Cetis
what is Cetis?
Contact us
Cetis staff
Jobs at CETIS


 




Syndication
XML: Click here to get the news as an RSS XML file XML: Click here to get the news as an Atom XML file iCAL: Click here to get the events as an iCalendar file

Background
what are learning technology standards?
who's involved?
who's doing what?

CETIS Groups
what are cetis groups?
what difference can they make?
Assessment SIG
Educational Content SIG
Enterprise SIG
Metadata SIG
Life Long Learning Group
Portfolio SIG
Accessibility Group
Pedagogy Forum
Developer's forum

Subjects
Accessibility (310)
Assessment (74)
Content (283)
Metadata (195)
Pedagogy (34)
Profile (138)
Tools (197)
For Developers (569)
For Educators (344)
For Managers (339)
For Members (584)
SCORM (118)
AICC (18)
CEN (34)
DCMI (36)
EML (47)
IEEE (79)
IMS (302)
ISO (21)
OAI (24)
OKI (20)
PROMETEUS (12)
W3C (37)

print this article (opens in new window) view printer-friendly version (opens in new window)

Digital repositories: IMS releases white paper

The IMS Global Learning Consortium has published a white paper on digital repositories for learning objects and other assets. The paper, by the IMS Digital Repositories working group, describes the digital repositories "problem space", and takes a look at some of the implementations of repositories from around the world.

Although the current specifications provide a common format for the metadata and packaged materials contained within a repository, there are interoperability issues - ranging from authentication to searching - that are not covered at all.

The white paper outlines some of the key behaviours of users and agents, including searching, gathering, alerting, requesting, and publishing, and describes how they might be served by components of a functional architecture.

Describing the components and common services for digital repositories may mark the first step towards a set of IMS specifications for application services. This is a step beyond current IMS specifications, and continues the current trend in specification bodies to move beyond information models and start thinking about architectural frameworks. (See also our article The Next Big Thing: Three Architectural Frameworks for Learning Technology).

For anyone working on a content repository project, the overview of implementations in the white paper also makes interesting reading.

You can download the white paper from the IMS Website.

Related items:

Comments:

No responses have been posted

copyright cetis.ac.uk
Creative Commons License This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License.

syndication |publisher's statement |contact us |privacy policy

 go to start of page content