The Usage of Data Repositories: The Case of MAOR.

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MAOR (Meta-data and Object Repository) is a national Israeli repository of online learning object meta-data. MAOR serves as a major online learning resource repository, containing materials for both K-12 and Higher Education and enabling teachers to share, reuse, and remix modular learning objects. This paper describes the MAOR repository and the stages of its establishment. Subsequently the growth of the repository analysis is presented, focusing on the learning objects characteristics, contribution rate, and contributors' profile. The outcomes of the analysis indicated that learning objects from different disciplines (especially Science and Technology, Social Science, and Humanities) were contributed to the MAOR repository. Varied types of learning objects were found, representing different types of content and activities with different goals aimed at diverse target audiences. The majority of resources were contributed by educational institutions, mainly academic institutions and content providers. Although MOAR was established on the basis of the MERLOT model, its contributors' profile is different due to the fact that most of the contributors are the authors. Besides, the findings that are set out in this paper also show distinction in contribution rate between the institutions that consider the contribution of materials as part of their policy and institutions that do not. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)323-338
Number of pages16
JournalInterdisciplinary Journal of E-Learning and Learning Objects
StatePublished - Jan 2011


  • Metadata
  • Distance education
  • Higher education
  • Object-oriented databases


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