Digital Learning Metadata Alliance Launched by Dublin Core, IMS Global and IDPF

October 24, 2014
The Digital Learning Metadata Alliance was launched today to facilitate cooperation on metadata standards to make it easier to find and use digital resources both within educational institutions and via the world wide web.  DLMA.org is an umbrella project by which standards organizations with a stake in educational and learning metadata can coordinate and harmonize standards. Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI), IMS Global Learning Consortium (IMS Global) and the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) are the founding organizations of the alliance. These three organizations represent over 600 organizations worldwide that are leaders in digital publishing, personalized education and digital learning technology.   The alliance is open to other standards setting organizations that wish to harmonize educational and learning metadata standards (inquiry via email DLMA@imsglobal.org).
 
The goal of the collaboration is to ensure adequacy and consistency of metadata across a wide variety of consuming applications, such as library systems, learning platforms and Internet search engines. DCMI was recently asked to become the steward for the Learning Resource Metadata Initiative (LRMI). Thus, DLMA will be able to further the evolution of LRMI in coordination with other key standards.
 
The cooperating organizations have agreed to hold special sessions and work activities to ensure coordination of their work. One initial incarnation of DLMA work is expected to be the metadata schema for EDUPUB, a initiative of IDPF, IMS Global, W3C, and BISG that is collaborating to enable learning content that is interoperable across reader platforms, web browsers and educational systems.

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