Learning Resource Metadata Initiative (LRMI)

The Learning Resource Metadata Initiative (LRMI) is a project started in 2011, originally co-led by the AEP—the 501(c)(3) division of the Association of American Publishers—and Creative Commons, to establish a common metadata framework for describing learning resources. 

Effective October 23, 2014, leadership and governance of the LRMI transferred from the Association of Educational Publishers and Creative Commons to the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI), who now actively oversees the management of the specification. For the latest information on LRMI, visit http://dublincore.org/dcx/lrmi-terms/1.1.

For a summary of AEP’s work on the project, see below.

Phase 1

The LRMI Technical Working Group, a group of metadata specialists and educational context experts, worked with content publishers, curators, and educators to develop the LRMI specification and ensure it is both comprehensive in nature and representative of the needs of all stakeholders. Several companies also participated in a proof of concept project to tag several hundred learning resources in order to document best practices and demonstrate end user search experience with content that has been marked up with LRMI metadata.

Phase 2

During the implementation phase, learning resource providers of all types were encouraged to tag their content using LRMI markup. The framework was refined and then submitted to and adopted by Schema.org, a joint effort of Bing, Google, Yahoo!, and Yandex to establish a standard method of tagging webpages across the Internet. In addition, the LRMI leaders led several events to educate publishers and educators about using the LRMI framework.

Phase 3

In addition to continuing education and outreach efforts, the final development phase focused on providing support for organizations using LRMI tagging. The LRMI team also worked on creating a long-term vision and governance plan for the LRMI specification, which culminated in the transfer to DCMI in October 2014.

Learn more about the LRMI at http://dublincore.org/dcx/lrmi-terms/1.1.