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DiscoverEd is a search prototype developed by Creative Commons to explore metadata enhanced search, specifically for OER. While most search engines rely solely on algorithmic analyses of resources, DiscoverEd can incorporate data provided by the resource publisher or curator . DiscoverEd supports several common metadata formats, including OAI-PMH and RDFa. The use of these formats allows otherwise unrelated educational projects, curators, and repositories to express facts about their resources in the a way that tools (like DiscoverEd) can use for purposes like search and discovery. DiscoverEd is a project that allows us to explore ways to improve search for OER, and simultaneously demonstrate the utility of structured data. DiscoverEd is built on Nutch .
For public bodies, understanding Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and licensing is essential to their role as a provider, aggregator and/or publisher of publicly funded digital content. This means that at an operational and strategic level, it is essential that the management of copyright and other IPR form part of the digitisation life cycle and are included in key project management planning and decisions. Issues that may require particular consideration are: Permissions required for the digitisation/use of third party content and the organisational resources required to seek such permissions Management of works where rights holders are unknown or cannot be traced (‘orphan works’) How end users will be able to engage and re-use or re-purpose the content