The Learning Resource Metadata Initiative (LRMI) has two new resources available for those who would like further information about the process of tagging learning resources with education-specific metadata in order to increase online discoverability—slide decks from the recent LRMI Metadata Meetup in Washington, DC. and a newly updated version of The Smart Publisher’s Guide to LRMI Tagging.
At a time when more and more learning resource providers are tagging their materials, the updated version of The Smart Publisher’s Guide to LRMI Tagging provides much-needed practical advice. Intended for educational content publishers and curators, as well as those who provide metadata services to the education community, the guide includes best practices for organizing the metatagging process and workflow and a helpful tagging checklist. The updated guide also includes an expanded index that walks users through a step-by-step application of the LRMI tagging process, using content examples from Rosen Publishing tagged through the Illinois Shared Learning Environment (ISLE) tagger portal.
Nearly 90 people participated either in person or online in the LRMI Metadata Meetup, held July 30 in Washington, DC. Attendees heard an overview of the LRMI and its connection with the Learning Registry and then got brief perspectives from more than a dozen different speakers who are using LRMI in a variety of settings: statewide education initiatives, developers/solutions providers, content providers/curators, and nonprofit institutions. For further information, read this LRMI blog post or access the slide decks from the various presentations.
The LRMI is co-led by Creative Commons and the Association of Educational Publishers, the 501(c)(3) arm of the Association of American Publishers. In 2013, Creative Commons subcontracted Cetis and Heriot Watt University to manage their work on the LRMI.