One Key to Ubiquitous Affordable Content: Metadata Designed for Distribution

As we continue looking at possible frameworks to help us leverage existing OER (curated and non-curated) and applicable library resources, one thing has become abundantly clear – metadata matters.


Not that this is an unexpected realization. My work with institutions, publishers, and various educational content platforms over the last two decades has taught me the critical importance of content metadata, as well as some essential lessons about it. One of those lessons is that contemporary content metadata systems generally fall into one of two distinct categories – collection metadata and distribution metadata.

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