Special Issue (April 2006)

Interoperability of Educational Systems


Nowadays learning resources are increasingly available via web-based educational systems, such as learning (content) management systems, brokerage platforms for learning materials and courses, or knowledge repositories. With the dawn of various specialised e-learning tools, learning resources became more and more stored in closed environments, restricting accessibility to a closed user community. Due to the lack of interoperability quite often unwanted restrictions on the way knowledge is disseminated have been created. However, even in closed environments the demand for interoperability has reached a new level. Providers of learning management solutions are increasingly asked to interface with other systems, in order to exchange budget restrictions, learning resource descriptions, course bookings or report on newly acquired competency.

This special issue of the Educational Technology and Society Journal will deliver a state-of-the-art overview of successful interoperability cases and will provide guidelines for future research provided from researchers and interoperability experts from different communities (E-learning, Information Systems, Digital Libraries, Database, Semantic Web) interested in making educational systems interoperable.


The aim of this special issue is to explore topics related, but not limited to, the following:

Call for Papers

Submissions must be in MS-Word or RTF format (4000 to 7000 words). PDF is not allowed to allow format editing, page numbering, etc. Please follow the author guidelines at http://www.ifets.info/rev.php?pub=true. To get familiarity with the style of the journal, please see a previous issue at http://www.ifets.info/

All manuscripts will be subject to the usual high standards of peer review at ETS Journal. Each paper will undergo double blind review.To submit your paper, please email a copy of your paper to interoperability@alice.wu-wien.ac.at. For papers with multiple authors, the sender of the email should be the contact person.Please forward the following details with each submission:  Author(s) full name(s), Job title(s), Organization(s), Full contact details of ALL authors including email address, postal address, telephone and fax numbers.

* Submission deadline: September 30, 2005
* Notification for acceptance: December 15, 2005
* Camera ready due: February 15, 2006

A text version for e-mail distribution is available here: cfpETS.txt

Special Issue Guest Editors

Daniel Olmedilla
Computer Science Department, Hanover University, and
L3S Research Center
Deutscher Pavillon, Expo Plaza 1, 30539, Hanover, Germany
E-Mail: olmedilla@l3s.de
Url: http://www.l3s.de/~olmedilla/
Nobuo Saito
Keio Research Institute at SFC
Keio University - Shonan Fujisawa Campus
5322 Endo, Fujisawa, Japan
E-Mail: nobuo.saito@w3.org
Url: http://www.w3.org/People/Saito/
Bernd Simon
Department of Information Systems & New Media
Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration
Augasse 2-6, A-1090 Vienna, Austria
E-Mail: Bernd.Simon@wu-wien.ac.at
Url: http://nm.wu-wien.ac.at/people/simon.html


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