The IMS Metadata Categories

The digital generation has been compelling the demand for first-rate digital course content. This issue has been dealt with by publishers through e-books. Hence in specific courses, instructors and teachers understand the need of digitized modules to match the customized e-books initiated by the publishers.

Through IMS Metadata, rich and standard metadata resources are employed apart from being cost effective. IMS Metadata has developed services that fortify the recommendations and search and browse functions for the benefit of the users. Metadata tools which are based on IMS Metadata can also facilitate in following the IMS Metadata structure.

To make the IMS Metadata more convenient and manageable categories have been formulated by: general category, characteristics category, life cycle category, metadata category, technical category, and rights category.

In general category content information like identifier (ISBN) and title are   supplied. The language, description, and discipline on the other hand are the information found in characteristics category. Life cycle category includes however the version, creation information (date and contributor), publisher information (organization/publishing company and the date of publication) of the resources. On metadata category, some other creation information like the date of publication, person, and organization must be also included. The schema of the resource is also part of the metadata category.

The technical category encompasses the format, location (URL), and OS requirements of the information content. Rights category on one hand includes the role (the learner as the user of the resources) and the conditions of the resource which deals with the price and amount of the resource.

In reality, there are various IMS metadata elements that are built to perform nuanced searches which contain vocabularies and logical combinations of a particular resource particularly in the libraries.