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 MELT Annual report 

The MELT Annual Report is now available summarising the work of the project over the last twelve months.

Quantity of content. 

In October 2007, it is clear that partners will provide approximately 94% of the learning resources and slightly exceed the number of learning assets that were indicated in the original Description of Work. The total figures at the end of Year 1 are 35,324 learning resources and 97,747 learning assets.

Indexing progress

A report on the Phase I content enrichment (D5.3) shows that MELT content partners are using project funding to maximum effect by almost fully indexing all resources (96 %) and a significant number of assets (51.5%).

Main Results

The major project results and achievements will start to materialise in the second year of the project when the Phase I indexing by experienced indexers is completed and as teachers start to use MELT social tagging tools in order to further enrich MELT content. In 2006-2007, many of the actions have been of a preparatory nature, although some, like the MELT LOM-based application profile and content enrichment tools, can be disseminated and taken up immediately by organisations not directly involved in the project.

Key results and achievements in Year 1 of the project can be grouped as follows:

  • User requirements have been determined via work with two focus groups of teachers and the elaboration of user scenarios for social tagging/networking. The organisation of a summer school for teachers has also introduced some of the pilot schools to the project and provided useful feedback to several work packages.
  • A detailed content audit has been carried out that has allowed partners to set indexing targets and plan how they can make best use of project funding in order to enrich their content.
  • A subgroup of content partners has provided an introduction to folksonomies and social tagging and provided a specification for a social tagging tool that will be implemented in the MELT portal for use by teachers in Year 2 of the project. Meanwhile, the design and development of the portal itself has almost been completed.
  • Technical work has resulted in connecting some partners’ content collections to the MELT federation, setting up harvesting targets at the local sites of content partners and providing both a Central Enrichment Tool and an Automatic LOM Translator that can be used by expert indexers. An Automatic Metadata Generation framework has also been used to generate additional metadata.
  • As well as identifying schools that will participate in the test beds in four countries, a protocol of experimentation has been devised for the school validations and reporting tools and initial evaluation instruments have been devised.
  • For the MELT evaluation, initial data has been gathered on participating teachers in the pilots and preparatory work has been completed for data collection (involving collection of system logs and snapshots) related to the later use of the MELT system by schools. An outline for how the project will attempt to analyse the cost-effectiveness of MELT approaches has also been developed.
  • Finally, the project has made major strides in promoting its activities. Partners have presented MELT at nearly 80 conferences, seminars, workshops, trade shows and other events. During the first year, the project has also secured the support of three MELT Associate Partners that will start to add additional content to the MELT system towards the end of 2007.