What is Sematic Web and Linked Data?

Semantic-aware applications infer the meaning, or semantics, of information on the Internet using metadata to make connections and provide answers that would otherwise be elusive or altogether invisible. In the library world, a similar sharing of metadata has been accomplished for nearly 50 years using the machine-readable cataloging format. However, there is a trend toward connecting the metadata found in library catalog and museum collection systems with the Internet through variations on linked data. Semantic searching is being applied to scientific inquiries, allowing researchers to find relevant information without having to deal with apparently similar, but irrelevant, information. Semantic applications and linked data have the potential to be immensely powerful educational resources that enable students, researchers, and museum visitors to more effectively sift, query, and gather relevant information.

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(1) How might this technology be relevant to the educational sector you know best?

  • there is a number of potential use, most importantly the possibility to connect learning resources to steering documents like national or local curricula, helping teachers and others to find relevant resources. It will also make it possible to create tools that makes it possible to track learning outcomes in for example vocational training at the workplace. In addition as mentioned the possibility for students to find relevant material from different sources while learning will increase. - peter.karlberg peter.karlberg Dec 7, 2014
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(2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?

  • the connection between steering documents/goals and resources - peter.karlberg peter.karlberg Dec 7, 2014
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(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on teaching, learning, or creative inquiry?

  • making learners mor aware of the learning goals, at the same time add to teachers roll of having focus and in addition providing schools with tools that can contribute to the school/parents communication - peter.karlberg peter.karlberg Dec 7, 2014
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(4) Do you have or know of a project working in this area?

  • Lärarspindeln is an ongoing R&D project that enables teachers to publish learning resources, tag them with metadata and connect them to the curriculum. When the project is finished, the service will be connected to the federated identity and single sign-on service Skolfederation. The resources will also be accessible via Spindeln, a search tool for learning resources run by The Swedish National Agency for Education. - stefan stefan Dec 1, 2014 - peter.karlberg peter.karlberg Dec 7, 2014
  • The Norwegian national curriculum is realized as a topic map - see http://grepwiki.udir.no/ - morten.dahl morten.dahl Dec 7, 2014

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