• Output Type: Working Group Supporting Output
  • Review Status: Endorsed
  • Review Deadline: 2022-05-09
  • Author(s): Bridget Walker
  • Abstract

    Education and Training on Handling of Research Data IG

    Group co-chairs:  

    Laura MolloyKatarzyna BiernackaAmy Nurnberger

    Supporting Output title: Recommendations for a minimal metadata set to aid harmonised discovery of learning resources

    Authors:  Nancy Hoebelheinrich, Katarzyna Biernacka, Michelle Brazas, Leyla Jael Castro, Nicola Fiore, Maggie Hellström, Iryna Kuchma, Emma Lazzeri, Ellen Leenarts, Paula Martinez Lavanchy, Elizabeth Newbold, Amy L. Nurnberger, Esther Plomp, Lucia Vaira, Celia van Gelder, Angus Whyte

    Impact

    The ”Recommendations for a minimal metadata set to aid harmonised discovery of learning resources” provides a core set of descriptors for learning resources especially focused on research data that is intended to help searchers for learning activities or experiences such as tutorials, webinars, curricula guides and other training materials find such content.  The minimal set identifies key characteristics of learning resources that are important for content creators and adapters to include with the resources they create, and for learning resource catalogue and registry service providers, and institutions that publish learning resources on their websites  to expose when they provide information about the resources in their collections.  Adoption of the recommended minimal set will improve the ability of learning resource searchers to more easily find the resources they seek and to discern whether those resources might fit their needs.   

    The recommendations build upon previous work of the learning and training communities, specifically those focused upon discovery of learning resources rather than their reuse.  Rather than starting anew, the group compared and analyzed existing learning resource-related metadata schemes to find the overlaps and then came to conclusions about the descriptors (metadata elements) that should be minimally required for purposes of learning resource discovery to those concerned with supporting or providing training resources. 

    The results of the group’s work to date include recommendations for a minimal set of metadata that can be used by learning and training stakeholders, a set of user stories used to both analyse and confirm the necessity of the metadata terms included in the minimal set, and a data dictionary that provides definitions and examples of how the minimal set can be used.  While the specific descriptors are required at this time, the group continues to explore the feasibility and utility of requiring the descriptors for discovery purposes by developing a metadata application profile that can facilitate adoption and adaptation of the minimal metadata set.  The metadata application profile is intended to improve the finability of resources by internet search engines and facilitate harvesting, aggregation and sharing by resource catalogues and registries.  Feedback from adopters of the recommendations would be welcomed by this group.

    DOI: 10.15497/RDA00073

    CitationHoebelheinrich, N. J., Biernacka, K., Brazas, M., Castro, L. J., Fiore, N., Hellström, M., Lazzeri, E., Leenarts, E., Martinez Lavanchy, P. M., Newbold, E., Nurnberger, A., Plomp, E., Vaira, L., van Gelder, C. W. G., & Whyte, A. (2022). Recommendations for a minimal metadata set to aid harmonised discovery of learning resources (Version 1.0). Research Data Alliance. https://doi.org/10.15497/RDA00073

     

    Abstract

    As part of the Education And Training On Handling Of Research Data IG activities, the Minimal Metadata for Learning Resources Focus Group recommends a minimal set of metadata for learning resources. By comparing and analyzing existing learning resource-related metadata schemas to find the overlaps, the group provides guidance on metadata elements that should be minimally required for purposes of learning resource discovery to those concerned with supporting or providing training resources.  This set includes a report, a list of minimal metadata elements along with a data dictionary with examples for how to use the elements, and supporting documents.

    Keywords: learning resources; research data management; RDM; minimal metadata; training materials; metadata schemas; application profiles;

    Licence: CC-BY 4.0 International

     

  • Group Technology focus: Data (Output) Management Planning
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