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New Project Could Improve Results From School Web Searches

By eSchool News

June 29, 2011



Creative Commons and the Association of Educational Publishers have launched a partnership aimed at improving Internet search results for teachers and students by creating a metadata framework for learning resources.

"A common metadata schema will make this search more efficient and effective so educators can quickly discover the educational resources they want, including those they can reuse under Creative Commons licenses," says Creative Commons CEO Catherine Casserly.

Other organizations, including Curriki, Pearson, Promethean, and the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education, are supporting the Learning Resource Metadata initiative, which will work with the Schema.org Web metadata framework. The Schema.org project, backed by Google, Yahoo!, and Microsoft, aims to create a universal framework for tagging Web-based content that can make Internet searches faster.

Although search engines and content providers will not be forced to adopt the education metadata schema, the project will be widely accepted due to the large umber of major search engines and other providers who have expressed support. When a draft of the metadata framework is complete, it will be posted on a project Web site for public comments and review.

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