when it's available incorporate simple license info into default search results [eg Creative Commons symbols]
Address the accessibility and usability of resources to individuals by supporting searching on simple Accessibility Metadata for resources such as IMS AccessForAll 3.0, the release of which is imminent.
Search Engines could add "Learning" to their standard home page options of Web, Images, Videos, Maps, News, Shopping and E-mail.
Encourage content creators to embed license info into educational content as well as in metadata - eg through use of MS Research's Creative Commons plugin for Office [category of guidelines for content providers?]
Create an API to allow developers to search and access resources. The Sunlight Foundation helps government agencies open up their data and create APIs so developers can use the data in applications. They could be a great partner in your work.
Add a microformat to a piece of educational content so a search engine's bot or crawler knows its educational.
A web search engine crawler could use the same algorithms found in some commercial metadata generation products to intelligently extract metadata (interpolating such things as seat time for the learning object, intended audience, etc.). This metadata would then be available to search against and display in results through the "advanced search" function. And it could be submitted to a Learning Registry sandbox as a proposed ...more »
Extend XML Site Maps so one can specify that a resource is "educational."
Something I have personally been thinking about for some time is that there are three distinct modes for organizing and finding resources and answers. Aaron's citation of the Dewey system is that of an authoritative taxonomy. The pros of these are that they are authoritative, relatively stable, and efficient at getting you somewhat near to the resources you want. They also work well as filtering methods if you are familiar ...more »
More free educational content from the states. Here at the Illinois State Library we developed the Illinois Digital Archives (IDA) to provide access to primary source materials in Illinois libraries, archives, museums, historical societies and other cultural institutions. It was designed to be a searchable repository for the Illinois State Library's digital collections as well as collections in other libraries and cultural ...more »
I would welcome the opportunity to discuss with you the efforts around a very similar collaborative project lead by several State Technology Directors. In Ohio alone, we have gathered, disseminated, published over 4500 FREE digital media education assets. If you would like to learn more please contact me firstname.lastname@example.org
Given how much educational content is put online in Zip format (or similar): encourage search engines to support selective indexing of the contents of Zip archives, for example through an extension to the Robots Exclusion Protocol [posted on behalf of Scott Wilson - CETIS]