OKI, IMS, ADL and SIF Join Up

Wilbert Kraan, CETIS, Nov 01, 2002
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This is major news. The alphabet soup in the headline stands for Open Knowledge Initiative, Instructional Management Systems, Advanced Distributed Learning and Schools Interoperability Framework. They represent among them the bulk of the work in the United States on educational technology specifications. It's good that they are working together (though I know what an exercise in logistics that will be). But there are also dangers: if they get it wrong, they will get it wrong in a major way. This article speculates about how much this coordination will internationalize, a fair question in light of previous agreements between (especially) IMS and agencies in Canada, Europe and Australia.
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