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Recent standardization and specification efforts in the area of learning technology have resulted in a considerable improvement in the interoperability of learning resources across different Learning Management Systems (LMS) and Learning Object Repositories (LOR). The central paradigm of such reuse-oriented technology is the notion of learning objects as digital reusable pieces of learning activities or contents.

However, transportability across platforms is only a basic step towards higher levels of automation and possibilities of delegation of tasks to software agents or modules. Such advanced technology requires richer semantics than those offered by current metadata specifications for learning resources. Semantic Web technology and the use of ontology are able to provide the required computational semantics for the automation of tasks related to learning objects as selection or composition. In addition, Semantic Web Services (SWS) provide the technical architecture and mediation facilities for semantic interoperability.





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