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1 Introductions

The group introduced themselves and indicated their various affiliations.

2 Overview of Healthcare LOM

Valerie provided an overview of the working group and its charter. It’s the group’s charter to develop XML and Web services standards to enable interoperability, accessibility and reusability of Web-based medical learning content. The Healthcare LOM is a MedBiquitous/ANSI standard for describing learning content and activities. Healthcare LOM makes it easier to locate and share educational resources, manage curricula (particularly CE curricula), and integrate learning resources into clinical decision support, personal health records,  and portfolios.

3 MedEdPORTAL overview and update (

Michael Saleh from AAMC provided the MedEdPORTAL update. MedEdPORTAL is expanding. In July they will add two additional portals. One, icollaborative, is for non-peer reviewed publications. The other is a Continuing Education (CE) portal that will aggregate CME offerings from AAMC members. They are adding controlled vocabularies to MedEdPORTAL to support this expansion. In addition, they are cross indexing content to enable additional suggested resources based on a query (if you like this you will like X). MedEdPORTAL will also be integrated with their planned Curriculum Inventory portal (which will collect data on medical school curricula) and Medical Academic Performance Services. They are hoping to further support accreditation and quality improvement.  The long term strategy is to support the institution and make accreditation a yearly self evaluation. The various systems will feed a performance dashboard.

Valerie asked if the CME portal would support electronic registration of courses using Healthcare LOM. Michael replied that currently users have to complete a web form to register their courses in the system. They plan to start charging for this service.

Andy commented that they can make available a feed of an activity using Atom and healthcare lom. They don’ t push the whole healthcare lom, just a subset. Michael commented that electronic data interchange was part of their longer term plans.

Michael added that they are also mapping MedEdPORTAL data to the curriculum inventory, which has vocabularies for instructional methods, assessment methods, and resources. They want to use these same vocabularies in MedEdPORTAL.

4 mEducator overview and update (

Stathis Constantinidis and Luke Woodham provided an update on the mEducator project. mEducator is a European Commission funded project to enable discovery and reuse of medical education content. There are 14 institutions involved. They created two search solutions: a mash up platform and and centralized, web based platform. They have a federated architecture using web services to connect the various pieces. As part of their work, they created a metadata scheme that includes some fields from healthcare lom. There are also fields related to repurposing content and additional pedagogical information. They use RDF serialized in XML to represent the metadata. The schema consists of core metadata, educational metadata, repurposing metadata, and companion metadata. They allow user terms to be added. Educational level and outcomes are predefined.

mEducator also defined attention metadata, which can be related to other resources, like clinical trials, pub med articles, etc. The metadata will also be connected to additional linked data repositories on the web. They use the Atom RDF schema.

Peter Greene asked how the system performed. Stathis commented that it is slower when searching. They have implemented 4 or 5 applications. You can see additional resources in pub med,, and dbpedia. They had 300-400 test users. There are 800 resources descriedby humans, 18000 described by machine. People can go to to access the resources. There is a sign up link. mEducator has been deployed within Moodle and Open Labyrinth. The project must be sustained for 5 years.

Nabil asked if it was worth considering RDF as a next step. MeSh, Snomed, and Biomed portal use RDF. DBpedia is an effort to correlate various linked data resources. There are also YouTube medical videos that can be included.

5 Update on Learning Resource Metadata Initative (LRMI) (

Valerie explained that the LRMI effort is another effort to track. They are creating a specification for embedding microdata in web pages; microdata would provide metadata regarding a resource accessible from the web page. It remains to be seen whether Google and other search engines will consume and use the metadata to refine searches for learning resources the way they use metadata to refine searches for things like recipes.

6 Open discussion

The group briefly discussed how the HL7 QRDA (Quality Reporting Document Architecture) might be used in educational content.


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