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SE@M 2008 : Second International Workshop on Search and Exchange of e-le@rning Materials


When Sep 17, 2008 - Sep 19, 2008
Where Maastricht, The Netherlands
Submission Deadline Jun 22, 2008
Categories    e-learning

Call For Papers

Second International Workshop on Search and Exchange of e-le@rning Materials (SE@M'08)

Second International Workshop on
Search and Exchange of e-le@rning Materials (SE@M'08)
(Formerly Learning Object Discovery & Exchange - LODE)


The SE@M workshop is held in conjunction with the 3rd European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning (EC-TEL'08 -, Maastricht School of Management, Maastricht, The Netherlands, September 17-19, 2008.


Creating good, pedagogically sound and effective learning resources incurs substantial costs, so avoiding duplication of development efforts is important. The TEL community has been and is still dedicating a lot of energy to the creation of better and more reusable learning resources. Some of these efforts in the sphere of reusability have matured enough to lead to the creation of standards such as the IEEE Learning Object Metadata, the IMS Content Package, or the IMS Common Cartridge. Nowadays, the number of reusable educational resources available online, for free or by subscription, is huge but most of these resources are "hidden" in repositories and cannot be easily found, hampering their potential use and reuse.

Over the past few years, researchers and practitioners have started to address these issues. Several initiatives worldwide (such as the EUN Learning Resource Exchange, GLOBE, CORDRA) are developing solutions for federating e-learning systems and unlocking the educational content hidden in repositories. Started last year, the work of the IMS Group on Learning Object Discovery & Exchange aims at supporting these initiatives by developing a set of specifications that facilitate the discovery and retrieval of distributed learning resources.

The main goals of the international workshop on search and exchange of e-learning materials are to bring together researchers and practitioners working in the field of learning resource retrieval, facilitate the exchange between them and foster future collaborations. It aims at offering a forum where these researchers and practitioners can discuss theoretical aspects, open issues, and innovative approaches and share the latest advances in the state of the art and practices for discovering and exchanging learning content.

The dominant focus of this year's workshop will be on the presentation of both long and short refereed papers. We also plan to include a keynote speech and a panel discussion.

TOPICS OF INTEREST (include, but are not limited to)

Infrastructures for learning resource discovery and exchange

Interoperable content and metadata repositories
Protocols for exposing content
Federations of learning resources
Service registries

Rich description of resources

Standards and application profiles
Automatic metadata generation versus human indexing
Intellectual property and metadata
Contextual Attention Metadata
Mapping and crosswalks between metadata standards

Discovering content

User profiling for more accurate resource discovery
Retrieval of learning resources (searching, browsing)
Content aggregation
Interoperable query languages
Harvesting versus federated searching
Enhanced search mechanism (sorting, ranking)
Inclusion of other type of content (library, cultural heritage)
Recommendation systems
Quality aspects

Exchanging content

Resource identification
Open content and reusable resource licensing
Reliable auditing (tracking, reporting)
DRM, licensing and content protection

WEB-2.0 approaches (folksonomies, content syndication)
Semantic web approaches

Authors are invited to submit original unpublished research as full papers (max. 10 pages) or work-in-progress as short papers (max. 5 pages). All submitted papers will be peer-reviewed by three members of the program committee for originality, significance, clarity and quality. Accepted papers will be published online as EC-TEL workshop proceedings as part of the CEUR Workshop proceedings series. is a recognized ISSN publication series, ISSN 1613-0073.

Moreover, the two best papers of the workshop will be published in a special issue of the International Journal of Technology-Enhanced Learning (IJTEL -

Authors should use the Springer LNCS format ( For camera-ready format instructions, please see "For Authors" instructions at

All questions and submissions should be sent to: seam2008 @ eun . org


Paper Submission: June 22, 2008
Notification of acceptance: July 13, 2008
Camera Ready Submission: August 10, 2008
Workshop date: September 17,18 or 19, 2007


David Massart, Jean-Noël Colin and Frans Van Assche
European Schoolnet (EUN), Belgium


Vladimir Batagelj, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Erik Duval, KUL, Belgium
Mike Halm, PennState University, USA
Manuel Kolp, UCL, Belgium
Robert Kristofl, BMUKK, Austria
Eugenijus Kurilovas, SMM, Lithuania
Jon Mason, InterCog, Australia
Cu D. Nguyen, Fondazione Bruno Kessler (FBK-IRST), Italy
Gilbert Paquette, Teluq, Canada
Fredrik Paulsson, Umeå University, Sweden
Tomasz Orzechowski, AGH, Poland
Alain Pirotte, UCL, Belgium
Daniel Rehak, Learning Systems Architecture Lab and Daniel Rehak Consulting LLC, USA
Griff Richards, SFU, Canada
Bernd Simon, Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, Austria
Stefaan Ternier, KUL, Belgium
Tsuneo Yamada, NIME, Japan

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