RSuite CMS | Meet Us at CIC!

Posted by Sarah Silveri on May 29, 2014 12:13:00 PM

Meeting RSuite CMS at AAP's Content in Context

RSuite CMS will exhibit at booth #11 at the Association for Educational Publishers’ Content in Context Conference (CIC) from June 2-4 in Washington, D.C. CIC aims to present a range of informative and practical sessions that address all issues relating to the development and distribution of high-quality learning resources.

“RSuite CMS provides an ideal foundation for the educational publishing community," stated Dave Saracco, vice president of business development at RSuite CMS.

RSuite CMS is a searchable repository where educational publishers store all content and assets, implement an XML publishing workflow, manage the ever increasing amount of learning objects and, of course, tag metadata. RSuite CMS is used by Macmillan Higher Education, Oxford University Press, Human Kinetics, and others.

Interested in learning how RSuite CMS can manage your educational content? Schedule a meeting with an RSuite CMS specialist at the AEP's CIC event by clicking here.


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Topics: RSuite CMS, educational publishing, AAP, Content in Context, Educational Publishers

Educational Publishers Learn the Importance of Metadata

Posted by Dave Saracco on Nov 13, 2013 11:39:00 AM

describe the imageOver the past ten years, I have been working with educational publishers, large and small, helping them with their digital publishing needs from building ancillary products both online and on CDs and DVDs, online course ware, digital assessment programs, online e-textbook selling sites, and hundreds of other educational products.  For the past year, my focus here at RSI is to help educational, academic and media publishing companies with their content management needs and content preparation for concurrent, multichannel publishing.  At most meetings with educational publishers these days, a good deal of the discussion is focused on how RSuite can help in the increasingly daunting task of properly tagging their content for discovery both internally and externally. 

Most publishers today have begun to understand the importance of rich metadata.  The selling of ebooks through the retail outlets has certainly brought an elevated focus to having your metadata robust, available, flexible and up to date but that metadata only scratches the surface for educational publishers.

According to that “great” source in the clouds (Wikipedia), Metadata is usually categorized in three types:

    • Descriptive metadata describes an information resource for identification and retrieval through elements such as title, author, and abstract.
    • Structural metadata documents relationships within and among objects through elements such as links to other components (e.g., how pages are put together to form chapters).
    • Administrative metadata helps to manage information resources through elements such as version number, archiving date, and other technical information for purposes of file management, rights management and preservation.

Standards-based metadata models are being hyped to help address educational objects discoverability in the marketplace such as the recently released Learning Resource Metadata Initiative (LRMI) (backed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation) and the Achievement Standards Networks (ASN) (which essentially enables content creators to describe the objective of learning and teaching resources in terms required by each state). There’s the existing standards such as the Learning Object Metadata model supported and managed by the International Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the Dublin Core Metadata Element Set to name only a few.

According to the LRMI’s mission, all of these initiatives are meant to “facilitate personalized learning by…” giving publishers the capability of tagging the content so learners can have “…the right content at the right time” and also to address the demands of states for standardized descriptions of learning resources. 

The key requirements for exploiting educational learning object metadata are to:

    • Understand user/community needs and to express these as an application profile
    • Have a strategy for creating high quality metadata
    • Store this metadata in a form which can be exported as LOM records
    • Agree a binding for LOM instances when they are exchanged
    • Be able to exchange records with other systems either as single instances or en masse.

How do you currently manage the process of tagging your content?

While RSuite CMS can certainly help publishers efficiently and effectively manage the complex metadata requirements for today’s educational publishers, I would like to understand your challenges by commenting on the questions below or bringing your own questions to the table…

    • Did you build your own taxonomy and system to add the tags to your content? 
    • Have you adopted one of the “standards”? 
    • Are you tagging your content with any metadata that will facilitate users finding and purchasing your content much less difficult than it is today? 


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Topics: RSuite CMS, educational publishing, metadata

Stresses on the Educational Publishing Industry | April 25 Webinar

Posted by Marianne Calihanna on Apr 2, 2013 4:06:00 PM

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Stresses on the educational publishing industry are profound. While the challenges of core curriculum requirements and state mandates have been part of the equation for many years, new expectations are adding to the pressures:

  • Textbook pricing
  • Flash-to-HTML5 conversion
  • Exponential increase in asset management
  • iBooks 2

All these factors have escalated the need to manage and organize content in a structured and strategic manner.

On April 25 from 2:00 to 3:00 pm, join Chad Crume, director of content systems at Macmillan Higher Education and  David Saracco, vice president of business development at RSI Content Solutions as they discuss the evolving educational publishing landscape and explore how a strategic approach to content management can serve educational publishers now and into the future. Eliot Kimber, senior solutions architect will also join the conversation as he details how his open source DITA for Publishers project streamlines content transformation and ebook production.

WEBINAR: Challenges of Educational Publishing and How Content Management Can Help 

An Interview With Chad Crume, Director of Content Systems at Macmillan Higher Education | Thursday, April 25, 2013 2:00  - 3:00 EDT

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Topics: content management for publishers, Webinar, RSuite CMS, educational publishing

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