ScOT and agreed standards for digital resources, technical infrastructure, metadata and rights management support a national operating environment for the digital resources and infrastructure.
As part of this infrastructure, the National Digital Learning Resources Network contains over 12,000 digital resources that are free for use in all Australian schools. The resources are made available to teachers through State and Territory portals or Scootle and to pre-service teachers through eContent.
Version 6.7 has made possible by a recent addition to the ScOT project team. Ben Chadwick has undertaken a Vocabulary Support role since January 2012 and his work with web-services, data mining and thesaurus editing has contributed to the delivery of a substantial body of work.
Significant steps have been taken in the area of non-English labels, especially the addition of Chinese, Indonesian, Japanese and Korean term translations. Other preliminary work, including development of language and character encoding support, facilitates translations in Arabic, Māori and other languages. A sample concept can be found at http://vocabulary.curriculum.edu.au/scot/976
This represents a substantial opportunity for ScOT to support users who are learning or who have a background in languages other than English. Online environments can be designed or adapted to take advantage of standardised language encoding and character support.
A number of new features and improvements have been developed in the ScOT website:
User generated reports – lists new, modified and deprecated terms
Cataloguing tool – quickly identifies hierarchical relationships within a group of terms
Linked Data API for querying ScOT database: SPARQL Endpoint
Tips and code examples for developing search tools and managing term changes
Revised license and simplified registration process
Auto-complete feature for searching ScOT
Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0) – range of issues identified and fixed