Search Engines

How should search engines be integrated with Learning Registry? What can LR do to help search engines give better results? What can SE companies do to help us with this project?

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intelligent metadata extraction and tagging

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 »

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Authoritative, Generative, and Social Search

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 »

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Tune search engines better for learning not just discovery

Understand better the nature of learning and reflection. Search Engines have a role, a range of roles, but learning involves much more than discovering "learning content" through the use of keywords, tags, & other forms of metadata. Discovery needs to align better with query & sense-making. Support for well-formed questions would help -- "natural language search" only goes part of the way. Other scaffolding is necessary ...more »

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Make the Search Engine the Registry

I've tried to reflect on "how a search engine would be integrated with the Learning Registry?" - but since I don't know what the "Learning Registry" is yet, it's a difficult question to ponder. My first reaction is that registries don't "learn" - people "learn". So, perhaps it should be called an "educational content" registry so that it's clear that this is a place to find educational content (if in fact that is what ...more »

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Faceted Search

Kids and Teachers alike are still familiar with sections in their school library classified by the Dewey Decimal system. Librarians and Technology Coordinators in K-12 use it daily. If search engines supported search by explicit classifications (Dewey, Library of Congress, others), it could make use of existing taxonomies.

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CORDRA-style tagging

Thinking about this off and on for awhile...CORDRA was an idea to metatag learning content into a global repository. Build on that concept by allowing owners and developers to maintain rights while search engines can find their content via various tags related to content, category, resource, etc. Additional tags can be for cost, seat time, or similar companion courseware. When searching, you immediately know the content ...more »

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