My position have been made too many times regarding the apparent over-obsession with learning object meta-data, 4 words guaranteed used together will put most ordinary humans into a mild coma. I’ve given thought to meta-data and our Maricopa Learning eXchange, where the “M-D” words will never appear, but certainly lurk under the cover of our “packing slip” metaphor.
Like Bigfoot, Nessie, Yeti, and other fuzzy photographed un-worldy beings, meta-data is something I have yet to see used by those ordinary humans. Not to say it does not exist, but it sure is hard to find. Some recent RSS cruising over the last few months have on occasion made me wonder, ‘what would happen and what would we gain if we created ‘standard’ meta-data attached to MLX items?’ Would there be loud operatic music? Parting of the skies? Raining gold coins?
I even quickly sketched on paper one day a mapping of our MLX database and Dublin Core meta-data. It would likely take but a few hours tinkering to write a verion of our “slip” generating script to generate the same info in proper DC format. But again so what? I asked some more expert-ed folks who could not really say enough to make me bother. Scott at EdTechPost recently wrote of a new report about “OAI” (Open Archives Initiative) compliance and repositories that had some potential but was deep in gobbledy gook.
From what I could glean, it is not that complicated to make this happen. Even without doing anything, the Dublin Core metadata editor extracted some info directly from a ML]X URL into DC data and then some tinkering resulted in a better formatted example.
However, I am completely at a loss as to what is gained by doing Dublin Core, by achieving OAI compliance. I am not opposed to doing so, and sort of interested in seeing how it works, but I am pleading for a simple explanation, something that has a minimum of acronyms and cryptic references.
Yes, please end me a copy of OAI Compliance for Dummies or Using Dublin Core for Totally Doofus Idiots. Even better if they are illustrated.
Seriously, if someone can help me understand, gratitude will be yours.