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Preservation of Learning Objects in Digital Repositories

Preservación de objetos de aprendizaje en repositorios digitales


The aim of this article is to analyse the different processes involved in the preservation of learning objects in a digital repository. Presented as a case study is a prototype repository for a collection of statistics-related e-learning materials used in the respective academic subjects offered by the Open University of Catalonia (UOC, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya). The purpose of these materials is to serve the whole community and not just the university. To that end, the repository was created with DSpace open-source software. The goal is to promote the reuse and the digital preservation of such e-learning materials, though certain aspects of these two objectives are somewhat contradictory. This article analyses the requirements of learning objects deposited in a repository and the needs of the various roles intervening in their handling and long-term preservation.


El propósito de este artículo es analizar los diferentes procesos en la conservación de objetos de aprendizaje en un repositorio digital. Como caso de estudio se presenta un prototipo de repositorio basado en una colección de materiales de e-learning sobre estadística, usados en las asignaturas respectivas de la Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. Estos materiales tienen el propósito de servir a toda la comunidad, no tan solo a la universidad. Para ello, se ha creado este repositorio en una plataforma abierta basada en DSpace. El propósito es promover tanto la reutilización como la conservación digital de dichos materiales de e-learning, aunque ambos objetivos son, en ciertos aspectos, contradictorios. En este articulo se analizan los requerimientos de los objetos de aprendizaje depositados en un repositorio y las necesidades de los diferentes roles que intervienen en su manipulación y su conservación a largo plazo.


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Boté, J., Minguillón, J. Preservation of Learning Objects in Digital Repositories. Revista de Universidad y Sociedad del Conocimiento 9, 217–230 (2012).

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  • learning objects
  • repositories
  • digital preservation
  • metadata
  • archives
  • digital libraries

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  • objetos de aprendizaje
  • repositorios
  • preservación digital
  • metadatos
  • archivos
  • bibliotecas digitales