answers in situ
regards & good luck!
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> From: Clive Francis [SMTP:[log in to unmask]]
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> Subject: Progress??
> Hi all,
> I'm a teacher of secondary science in New Zealand. I am also undertaking a
> part time masters degree in computing with an educational focus. I have
> chosen as my current assignment to gaze into the crystal ball and predict
> the future of educational resources delivered over the internet. Hence, I
> would greatly appreciate any feedback to the following questions:
[Jon Mason] In relation to crystal ball gazing I suppose it's as
good a device
as anything else with regard to predicting the future, particularly
early incubation years of oline services development.
> 1) Has the group come up with a set of elements with which to work (ie the
> pril 2000 deadline material)
[Jon Mason] Please see the recommendations from the Kattemingga
The DC Advisory C'ttee is due to consider these recommendations &
from the DC-Ed mailing list very shortly. The C'ttee has been held
ballotting processes associated with development of a set of
> 2) Is metadata really going to improve the way a student searches for a
> suitable resource on the internet?
[Jon Mason] It will certainly be a factor which will aid this. But
will include the student, the educator, general ICT competencies,
tools, services, portals available, etc.
> 3)Is the predicted emergence of XML as an internet standard going to make
> it much easier to classify material on a website? Is there anyone working
> on any kind of XML standards for educational webpages in the same way as
> other professions are?
[Jon Mason] XML provides a means to extend metadata discovery
by providing a richer framework for capturing semantics. It will
the separation of content from structure. The issue of
information in an ever increasing & dynamic space such as the Web
be perpetual. Sure, in the relativity of things, the 'next wave' of
web will be more amenable to structure & classification. But
schemas will also proliferate with uptake of XML & there will likely
be a whole
bunch of new problems associated with this.
Am not entirely clear on the second part of your question but you
least check out IMS -- http://www.imsproject.org/
note re IMS -- you can assume that where management of online
resources is concerned, that the work of the DC-Education WG & that
will become increasingly complementary.
> Any URLs or other information that might be able to help me assess the
> impact of Dublin Core or XML on educational website clasification would be
> very happily received. I can post a HTML version of my report to this
> group should you want to read it: the deadline for its completion is this
[Jon Mason] I'm sure there would be people on this list interested
report. Please share it if you want.
> Clive Francis
> Pakuranga College
> New Zealand