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What is the BEN LOM?

The BEN LOM (Learning Object Metadata) is the specification for a Metadata standard derived from the IEEE LOM developed by the BEN Metadata Working Group.

The BEN LOM Specification Whitepaper BEN LOM XML schema

The BEN LOM specification is for use by BEN Collaborative partners that want their collections of online biological sciences teaching and learning resources searchable at the BEN portal site. The purpose of the BEN LOM specification is to support the cataloging of BEN learning resources and user discovery (searching and browsing) of biology teaching and learning resources.

Part of the development of the BEN portal and digital library collections entailed the establishment of a metadata specification that all partners agreed to adhere to for describing their collection’s material. The initial metadata specification was the result of ten-months of work and meetings by the working group members. The BEN portal site catalog and three partner collections (APS, ASM, and ESA) implemented the initial version of the specification for beta testing, conducted during the month of April 2002.

Who updates the BEN LOM?

This metadata specification was developed and is maintained by the BEN Metadata Working Group, comprised of BEN partner representatives responsible for the development and management of collections of their organization’s educational resources. Technical staff support the committee by providing interpretation of standards and specifications and clarifying the implications of deviating from the base specifications on the implementation of databases, applications, and interoperability with other digital libraries.