Consuming and producing linked open data: the case of OpenCourseWare

Piedra Nelson (Computer Science Research Institute, Technical University of Loja, Loja, Ecuador)
Tovar Edmundo (Computer Engineering School, Polytechnic University of Madrid, Madrid, Spain)
Colomo-Palacios Ricardo (Computer Science, Carlos III University of Madrid, Madrid, Spain)
Lopez-Vargas Jorge (Computer Science and Electronics, Technical University of Loja, Loja, Ecuador)
Alexandra Chicaiza Janneth (Technical University of Loja, Computer Science and Electronics, Loja, Ecuador)

Program: electronic library and information systems

ISSN: 0033-0337

Publication date: 28 January 2014

Abstract

Purpose

The aim of this paper is to present an initiative to apply the principles of Linked Data to enhance the search and discovery of OpenCourseWare (OCW) contents created and shared by the universities.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper is a case study of how linked data technologies can be applied for the enhancement of open learning contents.

Findings

Results presented under the umbrella of OCW-Universia consortium, as the integration and access to content from different repositories OCW and the development of a query method to access these data, reveal that linked data would offer a solution to filter and select semantically those open educational contents, and automatically are linked to the linked open data cloud.

Originality/value

The new OCW-Universia integration with linked data adds new features to the initial framework including improved query mechanisms and interoperability.

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Citation

Piedra, N., Tovar, E., Colomo-Palacios, R., Lopez-Vargas, J. and Alexandra Chicaiza, J. (2014), "Consuming and producing linked open data: the case of OpenCourseWare", Program: electronic library and information systems, Vol. 48 No. 1, pp. 16-40. https://doi.org/10.1108/PROG-07-2012-0045

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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