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Projects :: MELT

MELT: a Metadata Ecology for Learning and Teaching

Enriching existing educational content with metadata that reflects the actual use of each resource by teachers/pupils in different learning contexts.

MELT
The MELT project involves 12 Ministries of Education/regional authorities (or organisations representing them), both
commercial and non-profit developers of learning content, major learning content repositories, leading researchers into
semantic interoperability and experts in large-scale school validations. The partners will bring together a critical mass of
existing educational materials which they will enrich with semantically well-defined metadata.
Metadata will be added to MELT content both by partners themselves and by teachers. The project will particularly
explore the synergy between two different approaches to the enrichment of learning content involving a priori metadata
(before use) added by expert indexers and a posteriori metadata (after use) gathered from both teachers/learners and
machines.
A key goal is to enrich the available content with metadata that reflects the actual use of each resource by
teachers/pupils in different learning contexts, in order to support the wider use of this content and the development of the
European content market. To achieve this, partners will use an existing Brokerage System that supports federated
searching so that MELT content can be made freely available to schools all over Europe. New approaches to social
tagging and ‘folksonomies’ will then be used, so that teachers may add their own metadata to MELT content, and a
framework for automatic metadata generation will further increase the quantity of MELT metadata.
As well as validating the MELT system with teachers through a test bed and experiments in schools, MELT will provide
an evaluation and indicators demonstrating the added value of MELT content enrichment processes.

Contact information

DURANDO MARC
Rue de Trèves 61
1040 Brussels
Belgium
Tel.
Fax.

Participants

Coordinator: EUN PARTNERSHIP AISBL, BELGIUM

Participating partners:

Organisation Country
EUN PARTNERSHIP AISBL BELGIUM
DONAU-UNIVERSITAET KREMS AUSTRIA
BUNDESMINISTERIUM FUR WISSENSCHAFT UND FORSCHUNG BMWF AUSTRIA
KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN BELGIUM
OPETUSHALLITUS FINLAND
FWU INSTITUT FUER FILM UND BILD IN WISSENSCHAFT UND UNTERRICHT GEMEINNUETZIGE GESELLSCHAFT MIT BESCHRAENKTER HAFTUNG GERMANY
EDUCATIO TARSADALMI SZOLGALTATO KOZHASZNU TARSASAG HUNGARY
SKOLAVEFURINN EHF ICELAND
MENNTAMALARADUNEYTID ICELAND
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND SCIENCE IRELAND
ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI DOCUMENTAZIONE PER L'INNOVAZIONE E LA RICERCA EDUCATIVA ITALY
TIIGRIHUPPE SIHTASUTUS REPUBLIC OF ESTONIA
UNIVERZA V LJUBLJANI REPUBLIC OF SLOVENIA
Ministerio de Educación, Política Social y Deporte SPAIN
GENERALITAT DE CATALUNYA SPAIN
THE NATIONAL AGENCY FOR EDUCATION IN SWEDEN SWEDEN
CONTENTO SVENSKA AKTIEBOLAG SWEDEN
CAMBRIDGE HITACHISOFT EDUCATIONAL SOLUTIONS PLC UNITED KINGDOM

Last update: 26/02/2010

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