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Functionality / design requirements

Create an API

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.

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Search Engines

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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4 votes
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Search Engines

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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General suggestions / ideas

Free primary source materials online

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 »

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General suggestions / ideas

FREE educational content from states

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 beth.cortolillo@etech.ohio.gov

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Search Engines

Index compressed or packaged files

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]

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Search Engines

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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Related projects we should know about

LODE

I took a pretty deep look at LODE (an IMS working group) recently. It has a lot of features that we are going to need. I think it's potentially a huge step forward in the concept of registries for learning. I also saw it as maybe missing a few pieces, such as non-centralized augmented metadata: the ability for anyone to post defining/categorical information about anyone else's resources. So if NASA publishes a photo ...more »

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Functionality / design requirements

Paradata formats and storage

Are there any good/popular formats for structuring "paradata?" Also, how should paradata be stored? Is the publishing agent responsible for storing and sending it to anyone who asks for a period of time? Could we use a bittorrent concept to help make paradata available to all but without having to be stored by everyone? (Share the storage?) Paradata is any kind of usage data (whether raw weblogs, ratings, reviews, ...more »

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