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Andy Beggan - Making Resources Discoverable

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Presented at the UKOER Institutional Strand Meeting, 12.02.10 in Nottingham.

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Andy Beggan - Making Resources Discoverable

  1. 1. Making Resources Discoverable12th Feb 2010<br />Andy Beggan<br />BERLiN project<br />
  2. 2. Background: OER @ Nottingham<br />U-Now launched 2007 under the e-learning strategy<br />Led by Prof Chris Ennew, PVC for Internationalisation<br />A member of the Open Courseware Consortium<br />17,836 visitors last year <br />Over 1900 downloads for ‘Anatomists cookbook’<br />BERLiN project 2009/10<br />200+ credits published to date<br />Filter rather than Search<br />
  3. 3. Judicious Prioritisation<br />Things most people do, most often. <br />Things most people do, somewhat often.<br />Things some people do, most often.<br />Things some people do, somewhat often.<br />Things few people do, most often.<br />Things few people do, somewhat often.<br />“Eliminating stupid, unnecessary or infrequent choices”<br />Taken from:<br />http://www.scottberkun.com/essays/26-the-myth-of-discoverability/<br />
  4. 4. Where’s U-Now?<br />
  5. 5. WebCT & Equella<br />
  6. 6. Externally discoverable<br />Google Search – all items can be found<br />Content <br />Links (Reciprocal)<br />Code<br />Future developments<br />Tag clouds<br />Media types<br />Pedagogic types<br />JACS<br />Biographical data<br />Social networking?<br />Increasing links?<br />
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  9. 9. Open Courseware Consortium<br />Joined OCWC in 2007/8<br />Membership $500 p.a.<br />Mathematical institute, Oxford<br />Peoples-uni.org<br />The Open University<br />The University of Nottingham<br />RSS submission<br />DC metadata<br />Doubled visitors to U-Now<br />
  10. 10. XPERT<br />
  11. 11. XPERT<br />
  12. 12. Benefits of using RSS<br />Easy to create<br />Easy to distribute<br />Automatic updates<br />On demand from U-Now<br />DC metadata extracted from Equella and the RSS feed is automatically generated<br />Not available in Jorum currently<br />Potential to filter and target resources<br />Subject based RSS feeds<br />School based RSS feeds<br />OPML feeds (feed of RSS feeds)<br />Doesn’t tend to have DC relation tag (implicit)<br />
  13. 13. Challenges of using RSS<br />Copyright of RSS feeds<br />Can be a manual production process<br />Methods for dealing with deletion / moving?<br />Multitude of namespaces<br />iTunes RSS, Media RSS, DCMI RSS<br />Multiple ways of describing the same thing, to harvest each requires a different approach<br />In XPERT: 300 + feeds are harvested, 6 feeds aren’t valid XML, 20 feeds aren’t valid RSS<br />Standards compliance is weak<br />
  14. 14. Raising awareness<br />
  15. 15. Over to ;)<br />

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