Metadata and Semantic Research

Volume 108 of the series Communications in Computer and Information Science pp 354-361

The Benefits and Future of Standards: Metadata and Beyond

  • Christian M. StrackeAffiliated withInformation Systems for Production and Operations Management, Institute for Computer Science and Business Information Systems, University of Duisburg-Essen

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This article discusses the benefits and future of standards and presents the generic multi-dimensional Reference Model. First the importance and the tasks of interoperability as well as quality development and their relationship are analyzed. Especially in e-Learning their connection and interdependence is evident: Interoperability is one basic requirement for quality development. In this paper, it is shown how standards and specifications are supporting these crucial issues. The upcoming ISO metadata standard MLR (Metadata for Learning Resource) will be introduced and used as example for identifying the requirements and needs for future standardization. In conclusion a vision of the challenges and potentials for e-Learning standardization is outlined.


e-Learning standards and specifications interoperability quality development standardization committees and initiatives Generic Reference Model for e-Learning standards ISO/IEC JTC1 SC36 CEN TC 353 Metadata for Learning Resources (MLR)