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Projects :: OpenScienceResources

OpenScienceResources: Towards the Development of a Common Digital Repository for Formal and Informal Science Education

The OSR project propose an innovative solution for metadata handling of digital science education objects that are available at the web repositories of science centres, museums and organizations

In an era where science education inadequacy in formal and informal contexts is becoming an increasingly challenging issue, harvesting the potential of digital science education repositories appears as a very attractive alternative. However, an impressive abundance of high quality digital content that is available in European repositories remains largely unexploited due to a number of barriers such as: the lack of interoperability standards between repositories, the inefficiency of current content organization and metadata structures as well as multi-lingual issues. The OpenScienceResources project suggests a coordinated solution at European level in order to overcome the aforementioned barriers. To implement the OpenScienceResources vision, the consortium brings together a balanced mix of high quality science museums and science centers, pedagogues, educational technologists, metadata experts, user groups and standardization bodies. The envisaged solution consists of the following steps: a) study the state-of-the-art in metadata ontological approaches coupling them with modern social tagging and folksonomies, b) design a set of proof-of-concept; experiments to try out the different theoretical approaches that will be developed and implement them in the OpenScienceResources Portal, c) extensively validate the proposed approaches in real-life usage contexts employing the user groups represented in the consortium, e) document the whole process, disseminate the results, cluster with similar initiatives and stakeholders and, through the significant networking capacity of the OpenScienceResources consortium, work towards a pan-European digital educational content standard.

Contact information

FRANCHE Catherine
Coudenberg 70, 5th floor
Brussels
BELGIUM
Tel. 3226497383
Fax. 32473532096

Participants

Coordinator: Association Européenne des Expositions Scientifiques, Techniques et Industrielles, BELGIUM

Participating partners:

Organisation Country
Association Européenne des Expositions Scientifiques, Techniques et Industrielles BELGIUM
BUNDESMINISTERIUM FUR WISSENSCHAFT UND FORSCHUNG BMWF AUSTRIA
RESEAU MENON E.E.I.G. BELGIUM
Tiedekeskussäätiö FINLAND
JYVASKYLAN YLIOPISTO FINLAND
CITE DES SCIENCES ET DE L'INDUSTRIE FRANCE
UNIVERSITAET BAYREUTH GERMANY
DEUTSCHES MUSEUM VON MEISTERWERKEN DER NATURWISSENSCHAFT UND TECHNIK GERMANY
LAMBRAKIS FOUNDATION GREECE
EUGENIDES FOUNDATION GREECE
ELLINOGERMANIKI AGOGI SCHOLI PANAGEA SAVVA AE GREECE
AINOOUCHAOU PLIROFORIKIS AE GREECE
CSODAK PALOTAJA KULTURALIS NONPROFIT KORLATOLT FELELOSSEGU TARSASAG HUNGARY
FONDAZIONE MUSEO NAZIONALE DELLA SCIENZA E DELLA TECNOLOGIA LEONARDO DA VINCI ITALY
INTRASOFT INTERNATIONAL SA LUXEMBOURG
CIENCIA VIVA-AGENCIA NACIONAL PARA A CULTURA CIENTIFICA E TECNOLOGICA PORTUGAL
VÄXJÖ UNIVERSITY SWEDEN
NATIONAL TAIWAN UNIVERSITY TAIWAN PROVINCE OF CHINA
UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA UNITED STATES
INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT IN EDUCATION UNITED STATES

Last update: 16/03/2010

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