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Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Course management software and institutional repositories

Dale Flecker and Neil McLean, Digital Library Content and Course Management Systems: Issues of Interoperation, Digital Library Federation, July 2004. The report of a study group on making course management systems interoperable with repositories like DSpace and Fedora. Excerpt: "With funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, an ad hoc group of digital librarians, course management system developers, and publishers met under the aegis of the Digital Library Federation to discuss the issues related to the use of digital library content in course management systems. The size, heterogeneity, and complexity of the current information landscape create enormous challenges for the interoperation of information repositories and systems that support course instruction. The group has created a checklist of things that operators of digital content repositories can do to help ameliorate the complexities of such interoperation." (Thanks to Clifford Lynch.)