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Educational Programme
Final Grade
Year of Graduation
Olufemi gabriel Isheyemi
Metadata Integration Tool for Open Educational Resources
System and Software Engineering
(Master’s programme)
The master thesis is focused on the metadata component of the so-called open educational

resources (OER). OER is a freely accessible, openly licensed text, media, and other digital assets

that are useful for teaching, learning, and assessing as well as for research purposes. The problem stems from the fact that the Internet is replete with a sizable volume of under-utilized OERs because of proliferation of educational platforms, with each implementing different metadata standard.

This thesis first describes the metadata standards of open educational resources. They include

Dublin Core, Learning Object Metadata, IMS Metadata, and Learning Resources Metadata

Initiative (LMRI). The characteristics and structure of each metadata scheme were discussed and analyzed. Furthermore, this study included compatibility analysis of a few metadata warehouse elements, which might help or hinder overall OER quality in terms of visibility etc.

To incorporate the stages of schema pre-integration, comparison and merging, an architectural

template for metadata management was designed and implemented. This architectural template reflects an integrated view of OER metadata. The concluding OER evaluation proved the initial ideas and demonstrated that the metrics proposed were critical for the metadata quality.

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