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Create Online Open Source Curriculum for public online high scho

Create Online Open Source Curriculum for public online high schools.

 

This would be a collaborative project to create online curriculum as an alternative to for-profit platforms currently available, such as Aventa Learning, Odysseyware, NovaNet. Making it available to a community will make it more flexible to incorporation of new technologies as well as learning modules, such as the FADS developed at BEAR.

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Repository for the long term

3) My repository aims for accessibility and/or usability of its contents for the long term (say greater than 10 years).

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Repository for the Medium term

2) My repository aims for accessibility and/or usability of its contents for the medium term (say 4 to 10 years)

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1) My repository does not aim for accessibility and/or usability of its contents beyond the short term (say 3 years)

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Test idea. The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog.

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Repositories and RSS

Repositories have a function as a source of the latest R&D knowledge, which should be exposed rather than kept hidden from users. Their content should be made available to wider audiences using current awareness tools such as RSS feeds. RSS also could help to increase the interest of authors as well, in order to boost the deposit rate.

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We should manage, not embrace, inconsistency

Inconsistency is a fact of life, and any repository instance or system that wants to avoid bottlenecks is going to have to accept items that have inconsistent metadata (and possibly inconsistent formats and policies, though consistency in those areas may be easier or more important to enforce). That doesn't mean you have to settle for it, though. It's possible to take a progressive approach, where messy metadata comes ...more »

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Metadata will increasingly be created remotely at the point of need

Far from becoming irrelevant, metadata for repository items will

become more important but it will increasingly be created and assigned

remotely. This will be by automated procedures such as indexing and

text analysis and also by users and readers, through the use of

tagging mechanisms. These developments will have implications for

consistency between repositories and between items.

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Broad principles not tight prescriptions

The changes in technology, the diversity of cataloguing practice,

the diversity of ownership and legal considerations and the

possibilities for metadata to be created remotely all mean that

acceptable and achievable recommendations for consistency between

repositories are likely to be broad principles with examples of good

practice rather than prescriptive rules or precise recommendations.

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Minimal metadata for sharing?

For all practical purposes, the ability to express metadata as the

Dublin Core metadata elements is a sufficient baseline for sharing

repository items across subject and institutional domains.

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Service creators will be looking for human-readable specifications

People who might create services from repository-based information

will be looking for simple human-readable information on the policies,

formats and metadata used by repositories. This is as important as

creating machine-readable interfaces.

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The Repository is about re-engineering institutional business processes

The concept of the repository is difficult to distinguish from other kinds of institutional services which might be offered (digital archiving for example), unless the original context of the idea is considered, which was (and is) the scholarly communications crisis. Within the context of the scholarly communications crisis, the original purpose of repositories was to provide a way in which universities could enable ...more »

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