[Xerte] Re: Linking to repositories

Fred Riley Fred.Riley at bcu.ac.uk
Fri May 16 16:05:15 BST 2014

How about any digital resource (image, video, audio, document, digitised platypus, etc) stored in a repository such as Equella or intralibrary or DSpace?

For sure, this could be a hornet's nest, but if the repository is well enough organised then one should be able to construct a query for 'format=image AND subject=hamsters' or somesuch and pass that in SRU. And yes, it's something I may well think about building myself, but I really don't want to duplicate effort if someone else is doing /has done the same. This is only a vague idea in mind at the mo so I don't have anything resembling the slightest impression of a specification.


From: xerte-bounces at lists.nottingham.ac.uk [mailto:xerte-bounces at lists.nottingham.ac.uk] On Behalf Of Pat L (pgogy)
Sent: 16 May 2014 11:48
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Subject: [Xerte] Re: Linking to repositories

For a while the attribution tool was tied in, but what media formats are we talking about here? So add film - search for film? Add audio - search for audio?
It's a bit hornet's nest

On Fri, May 16, 2014 at 11:03 AM, Fred Riley <Fred.Riley at bcu.ac.uk<mailto:Fred.Riley at bcu.ac.uk>> wrote:

This is a bit of a punt, not a problem but rather a speculative query. Is anyone working on building a Xerte Toolkits feature to link to resources in learning object / digital asset repositories via SRU/SRW or even RSS? I'm thinking that institutions running Xerte and central repositories (such as Nottingham, natch) might like authors to have the option to search the repository for, say, images or videos, to include in a Xerte LO.

I know that each repository resource will have a unique URI which the author could copy and paste into Xerte, but that requires the author (often very naive technically) to go off to the repo, find the resource, grab the URI, and return to Xerte. If the author could search directly from within XOT for resources that would be nice. It would have some spin-offs, such as the author knowing that resources are ok to use from an IPR viewpoint if s/he connects to a copyright-cleared collection in the repo. If the 'plugin' could also allow the author to upload a resource not just to Xerte but to the repo, that would help sharing and perhaps help build OER collections

I'm also aware of XPERT. but AFAIK there's no way of directly connecting to it from Xerte. I've not looked at the Xerte 3 beta as yet.



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