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The Swiss Repository for Digital Teaching and Learning Resources

The Swiss Repository for Digital Teaching and Learning Resources

Since November 2011 the Swiss Digital School Library is online accessible to the public on the Swiss education server (http://www.educa.ch). At present there is a German and a French language version available each with its own content section. Additional content sections in Italian and Romansh are planned in the near future.

The Swiss Digital School Library provides teachers with a simple and direct access to electronic teaching and learning resources.

 

The portal www.biblio.educa.ch offers the possibility to search for electronic teaching and learning resources through a functional full-text search or a search by keywords, source, types of resources and other thematic fields. By the help of several filters you can limit your search results.

In addition, biblio.educa.ch provides general information on the design and development of the Digital School Library Project.

Important milestones in the development of the Digital School Library have been:

  • The development of the application profile LOM-CH. The Swiss application profile is oriented towards international LOM standard. It facilitates a description of teaching and learning resources according to the requirements of the Swiss education system. Mainly, the descriptions of resources can be tied to the curricula of the different language areas. LOM-CH grants the interoperability with other national or international repositories.
  • The development of the open source software «Archibald» for cataloguing of teaching and learning resources. Archibald is based on the CMS «Drupal 7» and is available as basic module for download under http://drupal.org. A demo version of Archibald is ready for testing on the following website http://archibald2-demo.dsb.educa.ch.
  • The re-engineering of the national catalogue of the Digital School Library. The descriptions of teaching and learning resources are gathered and administered in this database.
  • The development of a «portal-client» which facilitates the search, choice and representation on different portals of the resource descriptions in the data base.

Having achieved the technical basics of the Digital School Library, educa.ch has set its new focus on the amplification of the stock.

 

The provisioning of the national catalogue lies in the responsibility of the partners of the digital school library. Cantonal institutions, schools, pedagogical media centres, educational editors, media or museums can become partners of the digital school library. Based on a memorandum of understanding the partners accept the responsibility to choose electronic teaching and learning resources and describe them according to the application profile LOM-CH.

The descriptions (meta data) in Archibald are being published to the national catalogue. They are at the disposal of all partners of the digital school library to display on their own portals – either in full or according to other criteria they prefer.

For further information or questions please get in contact with Angela Rittener (a.rittener@educa.ch).