Actively collaborating with a number of organizations IMS ensures that IMS specifications have a high level of applicability across learning domains and global relevance.


Achievement Standards Network (ASN): The Achievement Standards Network is an open and free database of U.S. curriculum standards for all 50 states in all core subject matter areas. IMS is in close partnership with ASN to enable use of the ASN RDF framework in conjunction with the IMS standards, such as Common Cartridge, Question and Test Interoperability, and Learning Tools Interoperability™, both in the U.S. and around the world. 

ARIADNE. This is a project of the European Union focusing on the development of tools and methodologies for producing, managing, and reusing computer-based pedagogical elements and telematics-supported training curricula. To this end, they are involved in related technical specifications efforts, most notably in the area of meta-data.

Aviation Industry CBT Committee (AICC). This organization develops guidelines for the aviation industry in the development, delivery, and evaluation of CBT and related training technologies. The AICC guidelines apply to a traditional type of computer-managed instruction (CMI) representing one instance of many learning models supported by the IMS specifications. The IMS is working with tool vendors who have announced AICC support to insure that content conforming to AICC guidelines may also support IMS specifications.

Coalition for Networked Information (CNI). CNI is an organization dedicated to supporting the transformative promise of networked information technology for the advancement of scholarly communication and the enrichment of intellectual productivity. Some 200 institutions representing higher education, publishing, network and telecommunications, information technology, and libraries and library organizations make up CNI's Members.

Consortium for School Networking (CoSN): CoSN is an association of K-12 technology leaders. IMS works closely with CoSN on K-12 initiatives and is a member of CoSN.

Dublin Core. This group has established a widely accepted technical specification for meta-data for the content of digital libraries. The IMS Learning Resources Meta-data Specification incorporates major aspects of the Dublin Core by defining extensions that are appropriate specifically for educational and training materials.

European Committee for Standardization/Information Society Standardization System (CEN/ISSS). CEN is an international association, formally recognized by the European Community, managing the cooperation amongst the national standards bodies of the 15 EU states, Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and the Czech Republic. ISSS was formed to focus specifically on "Information Society" standardization requirements, and has established a number of open workshops. IMS is a participant in the CEN/ISSS Workshop on Metadata for Multimedia Information. In addition, IMS is involved in consideration of a Memorandum of Understanding with CEN/ISSS and other organizations to build consensus for educational technology, improving access to lifelong learning across Europe.

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). The IMS Global Learning Consortium will continue to collaborate with the IEEE toward efforts to establish international learning technology standards. IMS GLC is a member of the IEEE Standards Association.

International Organization for Standardization (ISO/IEC JTC1 SC36)ISO is a network of the national standards institutes of 157 countries, on the basis of one member per country, with a Central Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland, that coordinates the system.IMS GLC is a Category A Liaison.

MERLOT.MERLOT is a community of educators in higher education who collaborate to develop and disseminate high quality online resources for faculty to incorporate into their courses.

Online Computer Library Center (OCLC).OCLC is a nonprofit membership organization serving 43,559 libraries in 86 countries and territories around the world, whose mission is to further access to the world's information and reduce library costs by offering services for libraries and their users.

World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). W3C establishes specifications for the web. It is responsible for specifications such as HTML, XML, and RDF. It is not accredited but its specifications constitute industry standards. W3C creates specifications at a lower level than IMS. For example, IMS uses XML as a language for representing meta-data, profiles and other structured information.

Web Services Interoperability Organization (WS-I ) WS-I is an open industry organization chartered to promote Web services interoperability across platforms, operating systems and programming languages. IMS GLC is a Associate Member of WS-I.