I've been on this list for some while now, and it's plain to me that
it's primarily, perhaps exclusively, for users and managers of
institutional repositories for theses, papers, articles, and scholarly
works in general. What rarely appears is any discussion of learning
object/materials repositories, which have very different requirements
and audiences. As part of my job I develop and administer such
repositories, and although some of the metadata issues involved are
covered by the cetis-metadata list there's nowhere AFAIK to get tips and
tricks on using, configuring and administering LO repositories such as
Intralibrary and Equella. Although such repositories are relative
latecomers compared with DSpace and similar, they are becoming
increasingly widespread in UKHE, and it would be useful to have a space
to discuss issues they raise.
So, after that preamble, what I'm asking is: is there a list aimed
specifically at learning object repositories? If not, as I suspect,
might there be sufficient interest to create one? Or would this be
detrimental to the 'repository community' as a whole, and should this
list be a bit more involved in LO repository issues?
Many others have noticed this, not least the indomitable Lorna Campbell
in her CETIS blog (http://blogs.cetis.ac.uk/lmc/) where she has a couple
of posts about this (search for "learning object" as the URLs are way
too long to quote without being mangled by email).
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