As you may know, I have been involved in the development of the Learning Resource Metadata Initiative‘s extension of schema.org since about this time last year. Things are shaping up well for the inclusion of the LRMI properties in the main schema.org vocabulary, so this seems like a good time(*) to start explaining and promoting them. To that end, we will be running webinar, hosted on JISC’s BlackBoard Collaborate service on Fri 27 July starting at 15:00 UK time, it will run for up to 2 hours.
Update: the webinar happened, you can get the slides that were used from slideshare and you can view a full recording of the webinar (that’s a BlackBoard Collaborate recording, you need Java for it to play).
In this webinar we will explore the background, intent and output of the Learning Resource Metadata Initiative (LRMI). The LRMI has proposed extensions to the schema.org microdata vocabulary with the aim of facilitating the discovery of learning resources through major search engines and other discovery services. We will provide an introduction to schema.org and describe the specific approach taken by LRMI.
My first take at an outline programme is along the lines of:
- Outline of schema.org as semantic tagging of HTML content (this isn’t intended to be a tutorial on how to add schema to a web page, but I think it will be useful to make sure everyone starts from the same understanding of schema’s place in the web)
- Who is behind schema.org
- Their motivation: “improve search services”–what that means
- What schema.org (initial release) offers for Learning Resources and what it doesn’t.
- Who is behind LRMI
- How LRMI worked
- Most importantly, what LRMI produced
I am delighted that helping me with this webinar will be two key players in LRMI and schema.org. Dan Brickley, who many of you will know from his years of activity on RDF and the semantic web and who is heavily involved in the outreach, standards and community work around schema.org, and Greg Grossmeier of Creative Commons who is Co-chair of the LRMI technical working group and so has steered us from the collection of user requirement through to the development of new schema.org properties.
The target audience is staff from UK Further and Higher Education with an interest in the dissemination of learning resources (for example Open Educational Resources, OERs) and building services for their discovery, especially those people involved in JISC projects and services. If demand is high priority will be given to this audience.
(* yeah, OK, Friday afternoon at the end of July isn’t really a good time for this, but it ended up as the best time for the people involved given their other constraints….)