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By Stephen Downes
February 14, 2003

Exposing information resources for e-learning - Harvesting and searching IMS metadata using the OAI Protocol for Metadata Harvesting and Z39.50 The title is a mouthful, and the paper itself is a pretty tough read, but the topic is of significant important to those who work in educational metadata. Essentially, the author describes mechanisms for using the Open Archives Initiative (OAI) harvesting protocol for the distribution and retrieval of IMS metadata. The idea is to have a service provide - what I have been calling a metadata repository - collect this information and offer the capacity to search through results collected from a variety of sources. By Steve Richardson and Andy Powell, Ariadne, January 14, 2003 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Metadata Interchange Standards I'm putting this item into the newsletter because it's important and I don't want to lose the link. This document summarizes, with links, a wide variety of metadata interchange standards, icnldung sections on Dublic Core, OAI, PICS, and much, much more. By Various Authors, Diffuse, December, 2002 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

The Practical Realities of the New Copyright Laws: A Librarian's Perspective Just now available online, this talk from last December outlines a series of concerns faced by libraries in the face of increasing restrictions being placed by copyright legislation on degital materials. "Recent changes in copyright law have been insufficiently careful to protect the 'fair use' of copyrighted materials. The newest laws pose significant threats to the basic functions of teaching and learning on campus." By Duane Webster, Modern Language Association Conference, December 28, 2002 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Lund University Establishes Directory of Open Access Journals From the website: "Lund University Libraries Head Office will during the spring 2003 build a Directory of Open Access Journals to increase the visibility and ease of use of open access scientific journals." By Press Release, Lund University, February 14, 2003 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

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