A linked data-driven & service-oriented architecture for sharing educational resources

Yu, Hong Qing; Dietze, Stefan; Li, Ning; Pedrinaci, Carlos; Taibi, Davide; Dovrolls, Nikolas; Stefanut, Teodor; Kaldoudi, Eleni and Domingue, John (2011). A linked data-driven & service-oriented architecture for sharing educational resources. In: 1st International Workshop on eLearning Approaches for Linked Data Age (Linked Learning 2011), 8th Extended Semantic Web Conference (ESWC2011), 29 May 2011, Heraklion, Greece.

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The two fundamental aims of managing educational resources are to enable resources to be reusable and interoperable and to enable Web-scale sharing of resources across learning communities. Currently, a variety of approaches have been proposed to expose and manage educational resources and their metadata on the Web. These are usually based on heterogeneous metadata standards and schemas, such as IEEE LOM or ADL SCORM, and diverse repository interfaces such as OAI-PMH or SQI. Also, there is still a lack of usage of controlled vocabularies and available data sets that could replace the widespread use of unstructured text for describing resources. On the other hand, the Linked Data approach has proven that it offers a set of successful principles that have the potential to alleviate the aforementioned issues. In this paper, we introduce an architecture and prototype which is fundamentally based on (a) Linked Data principles and (b) Service-orientation to resolve the integration issues for sharing educational resources.

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