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1 Overview of IMS Content Packaging Sheila MacNeill

2 Complex Objects meeting 1/02/07 What is IMS Content Packaging (CP) XML based packaging format developed by IMS Facilitate transport and reuse of web based learning materials Aggregation of resources, structure with (rich) description Originally based around learning materials but has been extended and used in other areas such learner information. Application profiles: SCORM/SCORM2004, IMS Common Cartridge

3 Complex Objects meeting 1/02/07 Background and overview First released in 2001 V current public release V.1.2 in development

4 Complex Objects meeting 1/02/07 Current status of v1.2 Public draft 1 released early 06 IMS internal draft 2 documentation complete by early March 07 Testing and implementation by IMS members March - November 07 Parallel IEEE LTSC standardisation process Full public release early 2008

5 Complex Objects meeting 1/02/07 What constitutes an IMS CP? Manifest file (xml) with 3 main sections: Metadata (description) Organizations (structure) Resources (stuff) (submanifests) All contained within PIF (packaging interchange file) - commonly a zip file

6 Complex Objects meeting 1/02/07 Common types of packages Simple stand alone package - all resources in interchange (zip) file, usually one level of manifest - no child manifests. This type of package is most likely to be supported by VLEs/ learning object repositories. SCORM packages example of this stand alone zip, but they need to package level metadata in a separate file which is linked to from the manifest. SCORM also extends support to tracking and sequencing of content.

7 Complex Objects meeting 1/02/07 Common types of packages cont. Bare Manifest - doesnt contain all resources, instead references links in a known repository. Can be interchanged either using just the manifest file or a zip containing only the manifest. Advantages: Same resources can be re-used many times Resources can be updated at any time Resources can be tracked (publisher/repository owner) Access can be controlled Disadvantage: Consuming system needs reliable internet connection

8 Complex Objects meeting 1/02/07 Common types of packages cont. Composite or meta-package - one step on from bare manifest, links to whole packages not just content assets. Most likely linking to a well defined structured set of self contained packages e.g a course. Advantages: moves notions of reusability of content forward Disadvantages: quite a new concept, so not all systems may be able to provide adequate functionality.

9 Complex Objects meeting 1/02/07 Common types of packages cont. Archive package - gathers a number of resources and captures their basic structure (not intended to use with learners). Typically used to exchange raw content which can be made into a complete package at a later stage.

10 Complex Objects meeting 1/02/07 Common types of packages cont. Specialized package - dont conform to common type but are used to convey specific types of content, often inline in the manifest. Most of these packages are combinations of packages with other IMS specification content e.g. ePortfolio, QTI, Learning Design. CP really just providing a convenient aggregation for different XML data descriptions.

11 Complex Objects meeting 1/02/07 EXAMPLE 1 - Simple standalone package

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17 CP V updates General clarification of information model and binding Providing alternative resources with different accessibility characteristics Extending resource vocabulary used to be just webcontent and scattered IMS specific types (QTI items etc.) now is an extensible vocabulary in a VDEX file (can be extended by anyone) Extending organization vocabulary used to be just hierarchical now extensible (e.g. TopicMaps, some METS integration) New mechanism to refer to remote manifiest structures (ipointer)

18 Complex Objects meeting 1/02/07 CP 1.2 Conceptual Model

19 Complex Objects meeting 1/02/07 EXAMPLE 2 - Linking packages using Ipointer

20 Complex Objects meeting 1/02/07 Example 2: linking packages

21 Complex Objects meeting 1/02/07 Strengths & Weaknesses of CP Strengths: Relatively simple spec - freely available tools for package creation Flexibility/interoperability Widespread adoption within education/training Successful profiling - SCORM Weaknesses: Complexity of spec Interoperability issues Range of interpretations of spec - just a container or something more complex? Lack of knowledge outwith education/elearning sector

22 Complex Objects meeting 1/02/07 More information IMS Content Packaging : ml ml IMS Common Cartridge : ADL/SCORM : JISC CETIS briefing papers: RELOAD:


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