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Results and deliverables

ASPECT aimed at taking steps to address the potentially damaging ‘disconnect’ between standards bodies and experts on the one hand and educational policy makers, ICT advisers and practitioners on the other. It has ensured that best practice with regard to the implementation of standards and specifications for learning technologies (SSLT) are no longer derived primarily via technical experts. 

ASPECT has actively worked with leading European experts, professionals and policy makers in Ministries of Education who can make a real impact on SSLT take-up. From the perspective of Ministries of Education taking part in project, a key result was that teachers’ views as well as those of technical experts are considered during the pre-standardisation process.

In addition, the ASPECT partners have continued to be active contributors to all international standardisation bodies and consortia active in e-learning (CEN/ISSS, IEEE, ISO, IMS, ADL). The project has also:

  1. Helped to create SPI (, a new CEN Workshop Agreement (CWA) to publish metadata in a repository and has initiated two others one on Social Data for learning objects ( and the other on registry of learning object repositories ( to approval by CEN/ISSS WSLT).  It has also helped to produce  the IMS LODE specification ( to approval by the IMS Global Learning Consortium) and two ENs (SQI and SPI), which will be developed within two recently approved New Work Items created in TC353.

  2. Made proposals and recommendations concerning how a number of standards can be combined in order to ensure more transparent forms of interoperability between learning content repositories and the wide variety of learning platforms in schools.

  3. Enabled stakeholders to better understand the merits of a range of different standards and specifications and how these can be applied to both professionally generated content and the growing volume of user-generated content from teachers and pupils.

  4. Provides a new set of support services that facilitate the interoperability of learning content. Implemented within an LRE Service Centre. These started to become available in September 2009 and are being sustained beyond the end of the project. The LRE Service Center includes:

  • Learning Resource Exchange (LRE) for schools portal
  • Learning Technology Standards Observatory LTSO
  • Application Profile Registry
  • Vocabulary Bank for Education VBE
  • LRE Collection Registry
  • ARIADNE Collection Registry
  • ARIADNE Validation Service (Metadata compliance testing)
  • Transformer Service, transforming metadata and vocabularies into another format
  • LRE Automatic Translation Service for Learning Object Metadata
  • Recommendations, Best Practices and access to known interoperability issues
  1. Consolidates and further extends work that has already commenced related to the building of a pan-European Learning Resource Exchange service for schools.


ASPECT is producing the following public deliverables:

Title Month Summary Download
D1.1 Charter for ASPECT Associate Partners M3 Summary Download
D1.3.1 Intermediate Public Report M15 Summary Download
D1.3.2 Final Public Report M32 Summary Download
D2.1 ASPECT Approach to Federated Search and Harvesting of Learning Object Repositories M6 Summary Download
D2.2 Design of Data Model and Architecture for a Registry of Learning Object Repositories and Application Profiles M6 Summary Download
D2.3 ASPECT Approach To Multilingual Vocabularies, Including Automated Translation Services M6 Summary Download
D2.4 Wiki with Material from Repository to Support Training and Dissemination M6 Link
D2.5 Infrastructure and services v1.0 M9 Summary Download
D2.6 Infrastructure and services v2.0 M18 Summary Download
D2.7 Infrastructure and services v3.0 M32 Summary Download
D3.1 Best Practice Report for Content Use M6 Summary Download
D3.2.1 Conformance Testing Tools version 1  M9 Summary Download
D3.2.2 Conformance Testing Tools version 2 M18 Summary Download
D3.3 IMS CC & SCORM Demonstrator v1.0 M12 Summary Download
D3.4 Intermediate Evaluation Report for Content Use M15 Summary
D3.5 Best practice report for content use v2.0 M18 Summary Download
D3.6 IMS CC & SCORM Demonstrator v2.0 M24 Summary Download
D4.1 Dissemination Plan & Communication Handbook M6 Summary Download
D4.2 ASPECT Web site and community M2 Link
D4.3.1 PowerPoint presentations on project (initial) M3 Download
D4.3.2 PowerPoint presentation on project (final) M32 Download
D4.4.1 Report on ASPECT workshops, plugfests and conferences N 1 M15 Summary Download
D4.4.2 Report on ASPECT workshops, plugfests and conferences N 2&3 M32 Summary Download
D4.5 ASPECT Network of Practitioners M6 Summary Download
D4.6 LRE Service Center provided by ASPECT M12 Download
D4.7 Strategic Seminar on Educational Publishing Futures M32 Summary Download
D5.1 A critical mass of metadata that can be searched for and discovered seamlessly M18 Summary Download
D5.2 A critical mass of content to which a set of preferred standards and specifications have been applied M18 Summary Download
D5.3 Release 1 of the integrated system M15 Summary Download
D5.4 Release 2 of the integrated system M24 Summary Download
Part of D5.4:Common Cartridge tutorial M24 Summary Download
D5.5 Report on the advantages/issues associated with the large-scale implementation of selected standards M32 Summary Download
D6.3 Report on summer school M22 Summary Download
D6.4 National Validation reports M32 Summary Download
D6.5 Final Report on the Experimentation M32 Summary Download
D7.3.1 Evaluation Report v1 M15 Summary Download
D7.3.2 Final Evaluation Report M32 Summary Download