I sent the query below to this list a little over a month ago. I had
some very interesting replies, which I have started to summarize at
http://wiki.cetis.ac.uk/Linking_VLEs_and_Repositories Sorry it has
taken so long for me to get round to writing this summary, and that I
haven't yet had time to check it (but it's an open wiki, if you see
something that's wrong feel free to register and edit. Or let me know
and I'll fix it). I'm aware that there could be more by way of links to
The summary will stay on the CETIS wiki, any comments on how it might be
improved would be welcome.
By the way, I never did post the query to the VLE jiscmail list. I
couldn't register for it. If anyone is on that list and would care to
forward my query I'ld still be interested in anything the people there
have to report.
(I'll be away for a few days, so if I don't reply immediately to any
messages don't take it as a sign that I'm not interested)
All the best Phil.
Phil Barker wrote:
> Hello all,
> I'm interested in hearing about work, ongoing or complete, that is
> looking at linking repositories and VLEs.
> Over the last year or more I've heard about various projects that are
> aiming to "link their repository to their VLE", but I don't have a
> clear picture about what is going on: I'm fairly sure that people mean
> many things by "linking", and have a suspicion that some of them are
> doing the same thing.
> If anyone can point me at an overview of what's going on, then that
> would be great, but I think that the information hasn't been collated
> anywhere. If there isn't an overview anywhere, then I would be happy
> to collate any information sent to me (if there's enough interest,
> I'll set up a section of the CETIS wiki so that anyone who wants can
> correct the mistakes I make).
> I guess this is going to be mostly relevant to repositories (and
> catalogues in some cases) containing learning materials. I'm more
> interested in systems that can offer stand-alone repository functions
> rather than those that are inextricably bound to a specific VLE (but
> if anyone has comments on the usefulness of the functionality offered
> by these embedded repositories I'ld be interested in hearing it)
> The sort of things I would like to know are:
> - what is the nature of the link? e.g. embedding a search of the
> repository/catalogue into the VLE (and them what?--delivery straight
> to the VLE?); using the repository to serve material when requested by
> the VLE; slurping information out of a VLE to store it in the
> repository (then what?); passing information on resource usage from
> the VLE to the repository; searching the VLE from within the repository.
> - what is the aim, what use cases are being met?
> - which repository and VLE systems are being linked? To what extent is
> the link system-specific (e.g. a blackboard building block or
> repository plugin) or generic (e.g. uses SRU, RSS)
> - what specifications / standards are being used? (I'm not so
> interested right now in hearing about systems which provide, say, an
> SRU service that could be used to integrate with a search in a VLE--I
> have a fair idea which standards are in use: I'm after actual
> - any reflections on what has worked well. Or not.
> I've sent this message to the [log in to unmask] and
> will send it to the [log in to unmask] If anyone thinks there might
> be people on other lists (e.g. lists specific to a particular VLE or
> repository) then please let me know or feel free to forward it
> yourself (asking for replies to be sent to me!).
> All the best, Phil
Phil Barker Learning Technology Adviser
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