Education and Publishing Industry Experts Named to Learning Resource Metadata Initiative Technical Working Group

Group seeks to create framework for increased Internet discoverability of educational content

WILMINGTON, DE, September 12, 2011  The Learning Resource Metadata Initiative (LRMI), a project to create a common vocabulary for describing learning resources on the Internet, has announced the formation of its technical working group. The group includes representatives from leading experts in the fields of education, publishing, and metadata. The role of the group is to create a metadata framework for tagging learning resources that is light enough to be easily implemented, but rich enough to assign valuable attributes to educational content that will make searching and filtering easier for educators and students.

Members of the technical working group include:

  • Sheryl Abshire, Chief Technology Offficer, Calcasieu Parish Public School System – Abshire has served as the catalyst to initiate the integration of technology into all curriculum areas throughout her school district, the state, and internationally. She serves on numerous national, state, and district committees focusing on the role of technology and curriculum integration in changing educational practice.
  • Phil Barker, Learning Technology Adviser, JISC CETIS  Barker handles approaches to resource description and management, open educational resources (OERs) and the evaluation of computer-based resources for engineering and physical science education.
  • Dan Brickley, Researcher, VU University Amsterdam  Brickley, a Web-TV researcher, co-chairs the Semantic Web interest group and the newly-formed Social Web incubator group at VU University Amsterdam.  His main focus is open standards, open source and open content on the Web.
  • Brian Carver, Assistant Professor, UC Berkeley School of Information – Carver’s focus includes copyright law, open source and free software, technology and innovation policy.
  • Cable Green, Director of Global Learning, Creative Commons  Green previously held the position of Director of eLearning & Open Education for the Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges. He also served as the Director of Technology for the Ohio Learning Network and Director of Educational Technology for the Ohio State University College of Pharmacy where he built Ohio State’s first online doctoral program.
  • Greg GrossmeierEducation Technology and Policy Coordinator, Creative Commons (Co-Chair) – At Creative Commons, Grossmeier focuses on how Open Education projects can better create, disseminate, and reuse educational materials.
  • Charlie Jiang, Principle Architect, Microsoft – As a part of Microsoft’s Online Services division, Jiang works with the Bing core search and social community platform teams.
  • Michael Johnson, President, Full Potential Associates – Since 1985 Johnson has been designing, developing, and delivering technology solutions for government entities, publishing companies, universities, public and school libraries, and classrooms of all types. In 2008, Michael founded Full Potential Associates, a consultancy focused on the strategic and technical issues facing the publishing and education world.
  • Mike Linksvayer, Vice President, Creative Commons (Co-Chair) – Linksvayer previously held the position of CTO of Creative Commons and has worked extensively in the web metadata field including RDFa.
  • Joshua Marks, CTO, Curriki – Marks oversees all technology development and hosting infrastructure for He sets the technical direction, manages development teams and collaborates with partners, contributors and the open source software community to design and provide the tools needed to realize Curriki’s vision.
  • Brandt Redd, Senior Technology Officer, U.S. Program, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation  Redd’s specialties include Computer Science, IT, Education Technology, Business Communications, Internet Protocols, Programming in C#, C++, Java, Javascipt and more.
  • Colin SmytheChief Architect, IMS Global  As Chief Architect, Smythe is responsible for the technical work, development and maintenance of the IMS Global Learning Consortium’s e-learning specifications.
  • Stuart Sutton, Managing Director and CEO, Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI)  Sutton, the current Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of DCMI, has been a member since 1999, also serving as the founding co-chair of the Education Working Group and on the Usage Board from its beginning in 2001 through 2007.
  • Randy Wilhelm, CEO, netTrekker  Wilhelm is co-founder and CEO of netTrekker, which delivers digital K-12 educational content to schools.
  • Lee WilsonPresident & CEO, PCI Educational Publishing  PCI Education provides research-based K-12 special education resources that are designed and created specifically for students with special needs, learning differences, and struggling learners

Once the work is complete, the technical working group will submit their framework to Bing, Google, and Yahoo! to be considered for adoption under their recently announced initiative. If accepted, the LRMI framework would become the de facto standard for tagging learning resources online. Finally, the technical working group will make recommendations for long-term governance of the standard.

The LRMI is co-led by the Association of Educational Publishers and Creative Commons and is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

To learn more about the LRMI, join AEP and Creative Commons as they host a webinar on Friday, September 23, 2011 at 2 p.m. EDT to introduce publishers, content developers, educators, and the general public to the LRMI. For more information, visit

For the latest information on the Learning Resources Metadata Initiative, visit

About The Association of Educational Publishers (AEP)
The Association of Educational Publishers (AEP) is a nonprofit organization that serves and advances the industry of supplemental educational publishing. The membership of AEP represents the breadth of educational content developers delivering progressive educational products in all media and for any educational setting.

AEP’s thought leadership and market insight have created ground-breaking opportunities for its members to collaborate, network, and partner with each other as well as to acquire a voice in the development of government education policy. Founded in 1895, AEP now assists its members in navigating the global realities of educational publishing in the 21st Century. For more information, please visit

About Creative Commons
Creative Commons is a not-for-profit organization, founded in 2001, that promotes the creative re-use of intellectual and artistic works, whether owned or in the public domain. Through its free copyright licenses, Creative Commons offers authors, artists, scientists, and educators the choice of a flexible range of protections and freedoms that build upon the “all rights reserved” concept of traditional copyright to enable a voluntary “some rights reserved” approach. Creative Commons was built with and is sustained by the generous support of organizations including the Center for the Public Domain, Omidyar Network, The Rockefeller Foundation, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, as well as members of the public. For more information about Creative Commons, visit

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