The Association of Educational Publishers (AEP) has been awarded a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to continue its efforts as co-leader of the Learning Resource Metadata Initiative (LRMI). The LRMI has produced a new metadata standard for describing educational content that has since been adopted by Schema.org, a joint effort of Bing, Google, Yahoo!, and Yandex to establish a standard method of tagging webpages across the Internet. LRMI tagging allows content publishers to assign valuable, education-specific metadata to their resources, which makes it easier for search and delivery platforms to serve up results that meet the specific needs of teachers and learners. Version 1.1 of the LRMI specification is available online at http://lrmi.net/the-specification. The LRMI properties in the context of the full Schema.org hierarchy can be viewed at http://schema.org/CreativeWork.
AEP will host the first of a series of free workshops on June 5, 2013, in Washington, DC, at the Content in Context conference, an annual event it co-hosts with the Association of American Publishers School Division. Visit the CIC website for more information and to register.