IAF - Summary
|Since its incorporation, the IMS has released a unique set of interoperability specifications within the eLearning technology community. During that period the various eLearning technology development activities have begun a slow convergence that has been the result of extensive work behind the scenes by IMS and other organizations. It is now apparent that the current set of IMS activities and processes need to evolve to tackle the next series of technical issues. As a consequence, IMS has produced its Abstract Framework to be the context within which:
- The next set of IMS specifications are developed;
- The migration from the current to the new specifications can be defined and managed;
- The relationship between IMS and non-IMS specifications can be explained and clearly demonstrated.
|The adoption of the IMS Abstract Framework (IAF) will be based upon the creation of suitable Domain Profiles. Domain profiling is the process that is undertaken to define which specifications and the detailed usage of the data objects within each specification are to be adopted to provide a particular solution.
The IAF document is an abstract representation of the services that comprise e-learning systems in the broadest sense. It describes how a designated set of data models can be manipulated by a designated set of behaviours.
The IAF consists of:
- White paper overview
- Application, Service & Component Descriptions
|The IMS Abstract Framework provides the context for the development of the service based IMS specifications:
- A common language for the development of IMS specifications
- An explicit system context for individual IMS specifications
- A context for the joint development of specifications
- A model of how how it all fits together