LRMI: What on Earth Could Justify Another Attempt at Educational Metadata?

Facilitators: Phil Barker and Lorna M. Campbell

Phil Barker photo  Lorna Campbell photo

Tuesday 17th 13:30

Room D1-046


Lorna Campbell: Learning Resource Metadata Initiative

Phil Barker: Using to describe educational resources

Phil Barker: LRMI: Implementation by Google Custom Search

Phil Barker: LRMI: Implementation by other resource providers


Blog post:

Phil Barker:



The Learning Resource Metadata Initiative (LRMI) aims to make it easier to discover educational resources on the web, Cetis have been contributing to it for the last couple of years. Of course it’s not the first metadata initiative that aims to do this, but what makes this one distinctive is that it builds on a metadata approach that is supported by the major search engines, that is is a joint initiative of Google, Yahoo, Bing and Yandex, with input from W3C, which has developed a vocabulary for tagging that can be embedded into webpages and which the search engines can use to decide how to interpret text found on those pages. For example a certain string might be marked up as being the name of the author of the resource, another as being the publishing institution. have added to this vocabulary terms that are relevant to the description of educational characteristics and relationships.

The programme will cover

  • Cetis’s involvement with LRMI, who funds it, what it is for etc – Lorna M Campbell
  • Technical intro to & LRMI – Phil Barker
  • Implementation by Google custom search. Build your own custom search engine! – Phil et al


  • Brief overview of funded implementation projects – Lorna
  • Jorum implementation – Ben Ryan, Jorum
  • Brief overview of other implementations – Phil

Delegates who have implemented LRMI are invited to describe their work