The final version of the Inventory of Learning Topics, with modifications in light of comments received, is posted here:
This document presents a draft inventory of “learning topics” to be covered by learners who want to understand, process, and create Linked Data. This draft is the product of a face-to-face workshop held in February 2012 by the Learning Linked Data Project. The Learning Linked Data Project, funded with a one-year planning grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) , relates learning topics to various types of software utilities needed to support teaching or self-instruction, in both university and professional training contexts.
- Understanding Linked Data
- Searching and querying Linked Data
- Creating and manipulating RDF
- Implementing a Linked Data application
- Use cases for Linked Data instruction
The project partners plan to propose a follow-on project in 2013 for integrating the tools, thus identified, into a coherent platform.
Inasmuch as Linked Data is based on data structures of a “linguistic” nature, the guiding metaphor for the Learning Linked Data Project is that of a “language lab.” Specifically, the project aims at outlining only how the language lab should be equipped, e.g., what tools are needed for mastering the learning topics. How exactly Linked Data should be taught — the design of curricula or the sequence and selection of course materials for various audiences — is largely out of scope for the project in the same way that the pedagogical approaches or learning outcomes expected for particular courses in French or Chinese are largely beyond the scope of designing a language lab. To use a cooking metaphor, the project aims at outfitting a kitchen with utensils usable for preparing a wide range of meals.
While analogies to natural language or to cooking may help learners approach the material, different analogies will work for different audiences. As a matter of principle, the project decided to use the native terminology of RDF in outlining the tool platform — however foreign that terminology may be to many of the intended users — and leave it to instructors to bridge any conceptual gaps. The working definition of Linked Data used by the project (and repeated below), along with the working definitions of other key concepts, may be found in a separate Glossary.
This draft has been posted on the Web prior to a public comment period, which will run through June 30, 2012. Please note that until the blog is opened to comment, this document may change. The public is invited to comment on the concept of a tool platform for learning Linked Data or on the details of this outline. The project envisions the platform as a basis for the development of course modules by people involved in both formal and informal teaching and learning environments, so comments about how such a platform would be useful in particular environments would be especially welcome.