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CNI and IMS  Peter Suber
 Mar 22, 2003 07:34 PST 

IMS forms alliance with Coalition for Networked Information (CNI)
Collaboration to further interoperability in digital libraries and learning
object repositories

Burlington, Mass. March 13, 2003: IMS Global Learning Consortium (IMS)
today announced a working alliance between IMS and CNI to explore the
development of common architectural and functional models leading to joint
specifications and improved technical interoperability in the rapidly
evolving areas of digital libraries and learning object repositories.

Professor Neil McLean, Director of IMS Australia and a member of the IMS
Board of Directors, is leading the initiative on behalf of IMS. He said,
"The reaching out to the library community and to all those involved in
digital asset management within institutions marks an important milestone
in the evolution of IMS. CNI, which brings together the information
technology and library communities, is an ideal partner for this effort."
Neil McLean went on to say, "The recently released IMS Digital Repository
Interoperability Specification version 1.0 provides an excellent framework
for the consultation exercise and it should provide a platform for further
technical specifications."

Dr. Clifford Lynch, Executive Director of CNI, observed, "This is a very
timely collaboration as higher education institutions try to sort through
both the technical and organizational challenges of a landscape that is
being transformed by new developments such as learning management systems
and institutional repositories. The portfolio of IMS standards, and the
architectural work that they have advanced over the last few years will be
an essential basis for addressing these challenges."

Collaborative white paper and workshop underway

IMS and CNI are developing a joint white paper with assistance from Lorcan
Dempsey, Vice President, Research, OCLC and David Seaman, Director, Digital
Library Federation. A draft will be previewed at the spring meetings of
both IMS and the CNI Task Force, and further refined at a joint planning
workshop to be held in June 2003. While the initial focus of the alliance
will be specifically on the requirements of higher education institutions
around the world, the group aims to provide technical advice and
specifications for all education and training communities wishing to
develop and use interoperable digital library and learning object repositories.

About IMS

The IMS Global Learning Consortium develops open technical specifications
to support distributed learning. All specifications developed by IMS are
made available to the public without charge through the IMS website. IMS is
a non-profit organization supported by members of a worldwide consortium
that includes 50 Contributing Members and 60 Developers Network
subscribers. The IMS in Europe foundation supports activities among
European members. Information about IMS specifications, on-going
activities, and membership is available at the IMS website www.imsglobal.org.

About CNI

CNI is an organization dedicated to supporting the transformative promise
of networked information technology for the advancement of scholarly
communication and the enrichment of intellectual productivity. Some 200
institutions representing higher education, publishing, network and
telecommunications, information technology, and libraries and library
organizations make up CNI's Members. For more information, visit www.cni.org.
For more information contact: Caroline Oldershaw, Manager of Marketing and
Public Relations, +1 608-233-3277, colde-@imsglobal.org
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