OCWC Global 2009 Solving The OER Discovery Problem The DiscoverEd Prototype

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Brief presentation describing one perspective on the challenge of improving the "discoverability" of (open) educational resources, and details regarding our prototype (DiscoverEd) which may help us in this effort.

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OCWC Global 2009 Solving The OER Discovery Problem The DiscoverEd Prototype

  1. 1. Solving the OER “discovery problem”: the DiscoverEd prototype Ahrash N Bissell and Nathan Yergler
  2. 2. Statement of the “problem” <ul><li>Smaller audience sizes -> smaller auto-generated datasets (e.g., via links).
  3. 3. Many valuable metadata fields are ill suited to automatic discovery.
  4. 4. Problem of authority. Who says?
  5. 5. Scalability. The OER movement is a global effort.
  6. 6. No universal standards for ontologies, and probably never will be. </li></ul>
  7. 7. One view of the current “licensing landscape”
  8. 8. Structured data requirements for enhanced search and disocvery
  9. 9. Different curators. Different types and numbers of structured data (if any).
  10. 10. RDFa as a core element of a solution <ul><li>Independence and extensibility
  11. 11. Human- and machine-readable formats are the same (“don't repeat yourself”)
  12. 12. Visual locality
  13. 13. Remix friendliness </li></ul>
  14. 14. Key attributes of the DiscoverEd prototype <ul><li>Built on the basis of “curators.”
  15. 15. Populated using feeds.
  16. 16. Integrated full-text and structured data indices.
  17. 17. Open for any querying and data export.
  18. 18. Refinements are extensible.
  19. 19. Highly customizable on both front and back ends. </li></ul>
  20. 20. The DiscoverEd prototype
  21. 23. Where do we go from here? <ul><li>Tracking “provenance.”
  22. 24. Streamlined customization templates.
  23. 25. Widgets for community-acquired metadata.
  24. 26. Personal search and communities of practice. </li></ul>

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