Access For All metadata in OER Commons

Colin Clark colinbdclark at
Tue Apr 3 23:00:36 UTC 2012

Hi Anastasia,

Excellent summary! I agree that the approach is preferable, despite its drawbacks. In the end, I suspect it will have a higher likelihood of eventually being indexed by search engines (which is what we want), and the nature of the AccessForAll DRD metadata is well-suited to the use of itemscope and the meta tag.

I think this work will become particularly interesting when we are able to blend algorithmically-derived and user-gathered metadata into a resource seamlessly (and usably). This is a good first step. Already, the work you've done should be enough to help enable a search engine or resource browser to filter out content that might be less suitable for a user's needs or to highlight content that is especially well suited.

Thanks for looking into this,


On 2012-04-03, at 9:34 AM, Cheetham, Anastasia wrote:

> In considering how we're going to add Access For All metadata to OERs authored using the OER Commons authoring tool, I've taken a look at microformats and microdata. I've drafted wiki pages describing how these two options might be used:
> microdata:
> microformats:
> The microformat option looks tidier and simpler on the surface (it's strictly classnames added to HTML elements, whereas the approach requires additional markup), but on closer examination I think the approach provides a better solution (notes on the wiki pages should help elaborate on why). I look forward to hearing other thoughts.
> These are just drafts, and I would really love it if we could pick this apart and revise and refine.

Colin Clark
Technical Lead, Fluid Project

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