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Adapting a quality assurance framework for creating educational metadata in an agricultural learning repository

Thomas Zschocke (Institute for Environment and Human Security, United Nations University, Bonn, Germany)
Jan Beniest (World Agroforestry Centre, Nairobi, Kenya)

The Electronic Library

ISSN: 0264-0473

Article publication date: 12 April 2011




The paper seeks to introduce a process for assuring the creation of quality educational metadata based on the ISO/IEC 19796‐1 standard to describe the agricultural learning resources in the repository of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).


The paper describes the general notion of quality in education and in the creation of educational metadata. It introduces a quality framework based on the ISO/IEC 19796‐1 standard on quality management and quality assurance for learning, education and training. This standard consists of a reference framework for the description of quality approaches (RFDQ) to describe, compare, and analyze quality management and quality assurance approaches, which has been adapted to the creation of educational metadata in the context of the learning object repository of the CGIAR.


In order to achieve consistency in the description of learning resources in a repository through quality educational metadata, a standardized process for metadata creators is essential. The reference framework of the ISO/IEC 19796‐1 standard provides a flexible approach that allows the optimization of the metadata creation process while assuring quality of the descriptive information.

Practical implications

The paper proposes a standardized process for the creation of learning object metadata based on the ISO/IEC 19796‐1 standard, and makes suggestions on how to use the reference framework when adapting a quality model for educational metadata.


ISO/IEC 19796‐1 is a very recent standard with a flexible reference framework to develop a quality model in education and training. It provides a novel approach for organizations maintaining learning repositories that are interested in standardizing the educational metadata creation process, especially when multiple stakeholders are involved.



Zschocke, T. and Beniest, J. (2011), "Adapting a quality assurance framework for creating educational metadata in an agricultural learning repository", The Electronic Library, Vol. 29 No. 2, pp. 181-199.



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