Contact: Deborah Kaloudis
Email: deborah@netera.ca

NETERA (Calgary):
University of Calgary
BI 530 2500 University Drive
Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4

Tel: (403) 220-6778
Fax: (403) 282-0838

Examples of Repositories:
Alexandria

CanLom
CAREO
CLOE
KnowledgeAgora.COM
MERLOT

SavoirNet
Splash

Examples of how to Create, Digitize and Index Content:

CRF File Format Guide
CDCCI Guidelines


Examples of Searching & Managing Content:
Repository User Guide

Examples of how to Index:
CANCORE Metadata Set
Metadata Entry Guide

Essential Metadata Set
ALOHA Download
ALOHA Guide

Introduction

The combination of content or objects stored on servers and organized by metadata or catalogued is the foundation of a repository. This foundation has a number of important features. First, any content provider can label objects using a shared metadata scheme, post them on a server and be confident they will be easily found by others using the repository. Secondly, objects can be stored on different servers in different locations but can be accessed by anyone using the repository. An object repository may well be a collection of distributed servers but the user never needs to be aware of this.

Building an object repository is the first step in online education. Whole curriculums and courses of study can be assembled from the objects in a rich object repository.

Through the Internet, learners in all parts of the country can use and share object repositories at any time of the day or night. Because of the importance of education to Canada's economic future, building a robust infrastructure for a shared national object repository is an important project for the nation in the 21st Century.

The general vision of the eduSource project is focused on the creation of a network of linked and interoperable learning object repositories across Canada. The initial part of this project will be an inventory of ongoing development of the tools, systems, protocols and practices. Consequent to this initial exercise the project will look at defining the components of interoperable framework, the web services that will tie them all together and the protocols necessary to allow other institutions to enter into that framework.