The Project Group Learning Object Discovery & Exchange (LODE) aims to facilitate the discovery and retrieval of learning content stored in repositories. It will examine, select, and adapt specifications that are being applied to digital libraries, generic repositories, and learning repositories.
The Current Situation
Currently, there are no agreed profiles that address the needs of the learning domain, and no established practices for combining existing specifications into complete solutions. Individual organizations are creating their own solutions, and an opportunity to establish broader interoperability is being missed. There is also no way of measuring or testing the compatibility and conformance of specific solutions.
The project group will define a small number of scenarios for the discovery and exchange of learning resources (e.g., federated searching, harvesting, etc.). The final outcome of this activity will consist of:
Most stakeholders should benefit from agreed profiles and established practices that combine existing specifications into complete solutions that address the needs of the learning domain in terms of learning object discovery and exchange.