ARIADNE - Overview
Ariadne (named for the figure from Greek mythology) is a European association for sharing knowledge and fostering international cooperation in teaching that is open to the world. The ARIADNE Foundation was created to exploit and further develop the results of the ARIADNE and ARIADNE II European Projects, which created tools and methodologies for producing, managing and reusing computer-based pedagogical elements and telematics supported training curricula.
ARIADNE Foundation for the Knowledge Pool
|Benefits & Services to Members
- Users involved:
- Authors of pedagogical documents: Faculty, Education Managers, Students.
- Producers & admininistrators of training courses: Trainers, Training Managers, Ped. Engineers.
- End Users: Researchers; Students, Trainees, Open & Distance Learners.
- Technologies and/or approach used:
- Share & reuse of pedagogical components through indexing and storage in knowledge pools.
- Use of adequate telematics chanels according to situation; use of novel authoring & segmentation tools.
- Pedagogic components approach, structured curricula; individualized view of course.
- Expected benefits for the citizen:
- Better continuous formation schemes.
- Easier access to formation for a number of disandvantaged socio-geographic categories.
- Expected benefits for the users of the application:
- More effective and motivating learning scenarios (learners & trainees).
- Better productivity and new philosophy of collaboration (authors of pedagogical material).
- Better communication and co-working schemes (researchers).
- Expected benefits for the European Industries:
- Better, faster and more economical entry-level or continuous training schemes.
- Contribution to EU-policies:
- Possible factor for harmonizing education & training policies throughout Europe. Important factor in promoting collaboration between European educators and comprehension between European learners.
Ariadne was initiated in 1996 by the European Commission's telematics for education and training program. Since then, an infrastructure has been developed in Belgium and Switzerland for the production of reusable learning content, including distributed storage and discovery, as well as its exploitation in structured courses. The core of this infrastructure is a distributed library of digital, reusable educational components called the Knowledge Pool System (KPS) now actively used in both academic and corporate contexts. End users interact with the KPS through client tools. Java and web applications allow users to insert documents and their associated metadata into the KPS, search for relevant documents, and download them from the KPS. Java applications interact with the KPS through the ARIADNE Web Services. The Ariadne Educational Metadata specification was one of the main ingredients in the creation of the IEEE LTSC LOM Standard.
The Ariadne Foundation also provides tools for producing, managing and reusing computer-based pedagogical elements:
- Query and Indexation tool: Although Ariadne targets integration of services into third party applications, they provide query and indexation tool that allows for publishing and describing learning objects. This tool is available at http://ariadne.cs.kuleuven.be/AriadneFinder
- Federated Search Middleware: This middleware software enables transparent search into various repositories (GLOBE, ProLearn, MACE & MELT).
- Integrated Learning Management Systems: An experimental tool that queries the ARIADNE KPS is integrated in two LMS (INES, a LMS developed by the University of Amiens - France and MOODLE, one of the most popular LMS).
- Phoenix: This authoring tool allows indexing pedagogical material and inserting it into the Knowledge Pool System.
Centres for Development and Support (CDS):
- Leuven (BE): The CDS in Leuven is hosted by KUL (Katholiek Universiteit Leuven). It is responsible for the support of all existing and future nodes of the Knowledge Pool System. On the technical side, it is charged with the maintenance and further development of the CKP (Central Knowledge Pool) and the Association's web services together with the matching indexation and query tools (SILO), and the continued upgrading of the ARIADNE meta-data system.
- Lausanne (CH): The CDS in Lausanne is hosted by UNIL (University of Lausanne). It oversees, as needed, the relations of the Association with new corporate members. On the technical side, it is charged with the maintenance and further development of the PHOENIX pedagogic hypertext authoring tool.
- Grenoble (FR): The CDS in Grenoble is hosted by UJF-CAFIM (Université Joseph Fourier's Centre d'Autoformation et d'Innovation Multimedia). With Toulouse, it is responsible for supporting Users in France, South-West Europe and North Africa.
- Toulouse (FR): The CDS in Toulouse is hosted by UPS-IRIT/CICT (Université Paul Sabatier's Informatics and Telecom Research Institute and the Toulouse Campus Computing Centre). It is responsible, together with Grenoble, for supporting Users in France, South-Western Europe and North Africa. On the technical side, it is charged with the maintenance of the Association's communication facilities (listservers) and web site, and for further development and maintenance of the integrated LMS APIs.
- Guayaquil (EC): The CDS in Guayaquil is hosted by ESPOL (Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral). It is responsible for supporting Users in Ecuador and South America. On the technical side, it is charged with the development and maintenance of core tools' migration towards open source software, together with the matching installation processes.