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June 3, 2008

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  1. Thanks for posting on my Ariadne article Neil.

    An important and positive update to the article is now needed, with reference to the ISO MLR standardisation work.

    Since it was completed in April there has been significant progress with ISO MLR; members of the two other main educational metadata standards communities (IEEE LOM and DC-Education) are working closely with the ISO JTC1 SC36 Working Group 4 on ensuring that all three of these standards are potentially interoperable. My apologies to the ISO MLR folks if my coverage of their work in the Ariadne article appeared overly negative: the timing of the completion and publication of my article, and further positive developments at ISO, was unfortunate. However, the article does note that working together had already started, and in fact we have already incorporated the ISO MLR use cases into the DC-Education Application Profile requirements gathering- more will be announced on that soon. I think the additional news noted below shows without doubt that all three metadata bodies are extremely committed to working together on interoperability, which is great for everyone.

    To read more about this, see the WG4 project resolutions from March 2008, available here:
    http://isotc.iso.org/livelink/livelink/fetch/2000/2122/327993/806742/4920436/4920313/WG4_N0257_Resolutions_of_the_2008-03_Jeju_WG4_Meeting.pdf?nodeid=7224951&vernum=0

    See in particular Resolution 6:

    “Resolution 6: MLR Interoperability (Semantic Technologies)

    “WG4 notes the expert contribution made in Jeju related to documents WG4 N0238 & WG4 N0255 and the concern expressed regarding the proliferation of incompatible abstract models. There was a consensus at the Jeju WG4 meeting that this concern needs to be addressed and can be informed by the work of the DCMI/IEEE LTSC LOM task force.

    “WG4 requests Mr. Erlend Øverby, Mr. Tore Hoel, Mr. Jon Mason, Mr. Peter Karlberg and Mr. Mike Collett to explore the possibility of how these issues could be resolved, for example by a project subdivision related to an Abstract Model for MLR in time for the Stuttgart WG4 meeting.

    “WG4 invites NBLOs and experts to provide contributions. These contributions must be sent to the convener before 2008-06-01.
    Approved: unanimous”

    The original comment to WG4 that resulted in the above resolution is available here:
    http://isotc.iso.org/livelink/livelink/fetch/2000/2122/327993/806742/4920436/4920313/WG4_N0238_Requirements_for_ISO_MLR__interoperability.pdf?nodeid=7121268&vernum=0

    Work has begun on providing the expert contributions invited: please contact Mikael Nilsson in his role as co-lead on the DCMI/IEEE LTSC Taskforce if you want to know more: mikael@nilsson.name Wiki here: http://dublincore.org/educationwiki/DCMIIEEELTSCTaskforce

    Sarah Currier
    Moderator, DC-Education Community

    Comment by Sarah Currier — June 3, 2008 @ 9:05 pm

  2. I am posting here a follow-up note by Sarah Currier about her Standards article linked above. Her comments were posted on another discussion list, and with her permission I have posted them here — with some slight editing”

    An important and positive update to the Standards article linked above is now needed, with reference to the ISO MLR standardisation work.

    Since it was completed in April there has been significant progress with ISO MLR; members of the two other main educational metadata standards communities (IEEE LOM and DC-Education) are working closely with the ISO JTC1 SC36 Working Group 4 on ensuring that all three of these standards are potentially interoperable. My apologies to the ISO MLR folks if my coverage of their work in the Ariadne article appeared overly negative: the timing of the completion and publication of my article, and further positive developments at ISO, was unfortunate. However, the article does note that working together had already started, and in fact we have already incorporated the ISO MLR use cases into the DC-Education Application Profile requirements gathering- more will be announced on that soon. I think the additional news noted below shows without doubt that all three metadata bodies are extremely committed to working together on interoperability, which is great for everyone.

    To read more about this, see the WG4 project resolutions from March 2008, available here: http://tiny.cc/tb3vT

    See in particular Resolution 6:

    “Resolution 6: MLR Interoperability (Semantic Technologies)

    “WG4 notes the expert contribution made in Jeju related to documents WG4 N0238 & WG4 N0255 and the concern expressed regarding the proliferation of incompatible abstract models. There was a consensus at the Jeju WG4 meeting that this concern needs to be addressed and can be informed by the work of the DCMI/IEEE LTSC LOM task force.

    “WG4 requests Mr. Erlend Øverby, Mr. Tore Hoel, Mr. Jon Mason, Mr. Peter Karlberg and Mr. Mike Collett to explore the possibility of how these issues could be resolved, for example by a project subdivision related to an Abstract Model for MLR in time for the Stuttgart WG4 meeting.

    “WG4 invites NBLOs and experts to provide contributions. These contributions must be sent to the convener before 2008-06-01.
    Approved: unanimous”

    The original comment to WG4 that resulted in the above resolution is available here: http://tiny.cc/CJxcu

    Work has begun on providing the expert contributions invited: please contact Mikael Nilsson in his role as co-lead on the DCMI/IEEE LTSC Taskforce if you want to know more: mikael@nilsson.name Wiki here: http://dublincore.org/educationwiki/DCMIIEEELTSCTaskforce

    Best wishes to all,
    Sarah

    Comment by neilgodfrey — June 3, 2008 @ 9:23 pm


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