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RE: Canadian eduSource project

From: Smathers, Kevin <ks@exch.hpl.hp.com>
Date: Fri, 2 Jan 2004 08:17:01 -0800
Message-ID: <40700B4C02ABD5119F00009027876644092AFF63@hplex1.hpl.hp.com>
To: MacKenzie Smith <kenzie@MIT.EDU>, www-rdf-dspace@w3.org

Hi MacKenzie,

Genesis team is of course waiting to incorporate the Genesis developed P2P metadata sharing into SIMILE at the earliest point that it would contribute value to the project.  I'm fairly certain we can support all of the major modes described in the Hatala paper for eduSource services, including its push mode (Alert).  

There are a few modules which we haven't tried to address, including DRM services, and any learning ware specific middleware services.  If we can get the XML/RPC protocol methods documentation from EduSource then we could look into interfacing Genesis directly at the protocol level.  It would be interesting to see whether RDF and XML based repositories can be made to interact transparently.


-----Original Message-----
From: www-rdf-dspace-request@w3.org [mailto:www-rdf-dspace-request@w3.org] On Behalf Of MacKenzie Smith
Sent: Wednesday, December 24, 2003 7:40 PM
To: www-rdf-dspace@w3.org
Subject: Canadian eduSource project

Happy Holidays all,

The following paper: 
http://www.sfu.ca/~mhatala/pubs/www04-interop-submit.pdf is by Marek Hatala 
of Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, who is collaborating on the 
Lionshare and Canadian EduSource projects 
(http://www.edusource.ca/english/home_eng.html) working on p2p 
interoperability across learning object repositories using IMS and other 
metadata schemas. From what we could figure out in a brief hour of 
conversation, his research interests are closely aligned to SIMILE and we 
agreed that it's worth exploring further collaboration between these 
projects if possible.

Another thing I've run across recently that might be helpful to SIMILE is 
UMLS, the Unified Medical Language System from the National Library of 
Medicine http://www.nlm.nih.gov/research/umls/. This is an approach to 
building a meta-thesaurus which maps terminology from different 
vocabularies into a central concept map, something we've talked about for 
schemas but not the underlying vocabularies. SIMILE isn't yet dealing with 
the domains of medical and life science resources, but it's a fruitful area 
for future demos since we know of some rich data sources that we would 
probably be able to use.

Enjoy your rest next week,


MacKenzie Smith
Associate Director for Technology
MIT Libraries
Building 14S-208
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA  02139
Received on Friday, 2 January 2004 11:19:40 UTC

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