The Association of Educational Publishers (AEP) and Creative Commons (CC) today announced a partnership to improve search results on the World Wide Web through the creation of a metadata framework specifically for learning resources.
Improving Web Searches for Students, by Steve Kolowich, Inside Higher Ed (June 8, 2011)
…a coalition of education-oriented companies and organizations aims to make it easier to find useful educational content amid the detritus of the Web…. [T]hey are forming a working group to come up with more detailed criteria that could eventually be incorporated into the search interfaces for Google, Bing, and Yahoo!
“Searching is easy, finding is hard, and finding relevant is very hard…. The purpose of this effort is to provide a series of tags and tools that allows the search engines to more discretely and accurately expose the educational resources to the people who need it, said [Michael] Johnson [an AEP board member]. The project is aimed at benefiting the publishers of educational content as much as students, he said. By giving publishers better flares and students better binoculars, Johnson and his colleagues hope to up their chances of finding one another in the wilderness of the Web.
This site provides a collection of schemas, i.e., html tags, that webmasters can use to markup their pages in ways recognized by major search providers. Search engines including Bing, Google and Yahoo! rely on this markup to improve the display of search results, making it easier for people to find the right web pages.
A Study on Metadata Elements for Web-based Reference Resources System Developed through Usability Testing, by Younghee Noh, (Konkuk University), Library Hi Tech, Vol. 29 Iss: 2.
The study aimed to improve metadata elements of web-based reference resources. To propose correct metadata elements, it was deemed necessary to close the gap between the perception of metadata creators and data creators through a user behavior analysis.