The establishment of a national learning objects database requires the consolidation of principles for characterizing and defining an Israeli standard for metadata of learning objects, with the intention that this definition will help create a common and uniform language for all the bodies active in this field in the State of Israel (the academia, educational bodies, the industry and content providers).
The work group, in which IUCC, the Israel Internet Association and the Ministry of Education are represented, has defined the Israeli standard for characterizing learning objects – ISRACore. This standard is based on the LOM (Learning Object Metadata), which is accepted in Europe for metadata for learning objects. LOM is the standard of the IEEE Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. The standard defines information about the object according to parameters, such as the definition of search fields; thesaurus for object characterization; addition possibilities; corrections made after the object has been created; and more. Other parts of the standard define the information envelope and how the list will be presented in XML. The parameters proposed by the standard assist in locating, evaluating and sharing the learning resource. The resource's description can be adapted to meet various communities' needs
The adoption of the Israeli standard, ISRACore, by the bodies active in this field – first and foremost the above three organizations, will assist to create a common language for the use of various databases in Israel and worldwide, and will thus expand the range of objects placed at the disposal of users in various frameworks. Additionally, the implementation of the standard will enable users in different sectors to find the learning objects most suitable for their needs more easily, to reuse resources that have already been developed and to create new ones on the basis of existing content.
Particulars of the Israeli standard (ISRACore)
LOM (Learning Object Metadata)