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Title: An approach to interoperability of ontology-based educational repositories


Author: Darina Dicheva, Lora Aroyo


Department of Computer Science, Winston-Salem State University, Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Winston Salem, NC 27110, USA.
Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Eindhoven University of Technology, P.O. Box 315, 5600 MD Eindhoven, The Netherlands


Abstract: Web-based educational repositories aim at providing the learner with immediate, online access to a broad range of structured information and contextualised help to support efficient educational task performance. A significant effort is currently focused on bringing such systems to work together to provide better support within the context of web-based education. Our goal is to approach the problem from a rather practical perspective and propose a framework for supporting communication between existing ontology-based educational repositories to better utilise their resources. The framework allows two independent systems to share and interchange information solely through ontology-based communication without direct access to each other data stores. As a basis of the framework we define a communication ontology and propose a Concept-Based EIS Interaction Protocol (CBEIS IP) built over SAAJ-enabled Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) transport layer. We show how through communication protocols, we can realise a general modular architecture comprising components that can be shared and interchanged.


Keywords: interoperability; educational information systems; web-based education; ontologies; metadata; educational repositories; semantic web; e-learning.


DOI: 10.1504/IJCEELL.2006.008920


Int. J. of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning, 2006 Vol.16, No.1/2, pp.92 - 109


Available online: 03 Feb 2006



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