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Attending: Dawn Carroll, James Fiore, Peter Greene, Parsh Mehta, Litsa Mitsopoulou, Juliane Schneider, Carl Singer, Nicole Spino, David Stumpf, Lindsay Wood, Luke Woodham, Mike Zarski

Peter welcomed the group to the meeting and thanked them for attending the working group meeting. He provided an overview of Healthcare LOM, a standard for describing learning activities and resources, and asked the participants to provide updates on their related work.

Dawn shared that the VA is still trying to get an LMS that will support the standard. They have custom extensions as well that require support. The VA is sharing content with other government agencies,

Carl shared that CECity uses the standard for integrating with third party systems. One key use of the standard is within the MedBiquitous Activity Report, a standard for tracking CE and Maintenance of certification activities. They use this within their Lifetime and CME360 products. They use controlled vocabularies like MeSh for keywords and have used the standard in conjunction with Atom as a restful approach to web services.

Litsa described the mEducator project. mEducator is an EU-funded project that is implementing and critically evaluating existing standards and reference models in the field of e-learning in order to enable specialized state-of-the-art medical educational content to be discovered, retrieved, shared and re-used across European higher academic institutions. As part of this work, they have developed the mEducator metadata scheme, which incorporates some fields from healthcare lom. The mEducator metadata scheme used Resource Description Framework (RDF) and a linked data approach. Dublin Core has adopted RDF in describing their metadata, thus mEducator’s metadata description scheme has reused some of Dublin Core’s metadata. Additionally, mEducator has also added attention metadata describing folksonomies and social networking data. They use also controlled Vocabularies like MESH and/or SNOMED for keywords, discipline and discipline Speciality. There have been also developed in mEducator controlled vocabularies to describe metadata fields specialised for medical and healthcare education i.e. educational Outcomes, mediaType, resource Type, repurposing Context. Some of the latter can be used in education in general.

Dawn commented that a citation field would be useful.

The group discussed the use of RDF-a as a means of adding embedded metadata to XHTML content. Stanford has created Bioportal, a Web portal to a virtual library of ontologies on the Semantic Web and a tool set enabling the community to access, critique, and improve ontologies.

Lindsay provided an overview of the PORSCHE project. PORSCHE stands for Pathways to Open Resource Sharing through Convergence in Healthcare Education. PORSCHE seeks to establish access to academic and clinical learning resources for clinical placement students who train in practice through building a partnership between Jorum, the UK national learning repository for higher education and the UK National Health Service e-Learning Repository. They are connected to the open course ware/open educational resources initiatives in the UK. They have had much progress in implementing enabling technologies (MEDEV good practice toolkit) and: they are developing sharing strategies for metadata exchange between the Athens authenticated NHS repository and the Shibboleth authenticated Jorum. They are trialling syndicated content using YouTube, Twitter, Scribd and RSS batch harvest. Lindsay also mentioned the work of P2PU, Peer to Peer University, who are evaluating accreditation ‘badges’, in an effort to take educational content that is available openly on the web, and help people create learning opportunities around it. It can be thought of as “the social wrapper for open educational resources.”


  • Discuss extensions for
    • Simulations
    • 3d environments
    • players
    • cecity (?)
    • Discuss service layer standards
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