Project MAOR: Metadata and Object RepositoryMAOR is a national repository of information (meta-data) on online learning objects. Every day, educational and academic institutions - universities, colleges, schools and other organizations – generate new content to support education, teaching and learning, research and evaluation. These learning objects are uploaded to the websites of the different institutions, yet generic search engines cannot adequately answer the need reach, retrieve and put these resources to use.
MAOR's purpose is to overcome the difficulty of locating quality teaching resources and aid in optimal utilization of the variety of resources to be found online.
The repository catalogues learning resources according to in-built meta-data and pools links to these resources; thus making it easier to locate objects; share with learners and evaluate them professionally.
Use of the repository is freely available to educational institutes, public bodies, teachers, educators and the general public, and enables all of the above to share learning resources simply, efficiently and cooperatively.
MAOR enables all visitors to the site to perform an advanced search of repository objects and filter the results by selected characteristics.
Institutions, lecturers, researchers and educators are welcome to sign up at MAOR and contribute links and information on learning objects.
Registration at MAOR automatically provides registration at MERLOT – a comprehensive learning objects repository operating out the California State University System. Objects contributed to MAOR are also immediately added to MERLOT. MAOR registration must include agreement to the MERLOT terms of service.
Institutions interested in contributing a large number of materials can add them to the repository as a batch with the assistance of IUCC.
MAOR additionally provides the option of peer review for learning objects in the repository, in order to assure the quality of educational resources and aid users in the integration of relevant materials in teaching plans.
MAOR was founded by IUCC – the Inter-University Computation Center, the Israeli Internet Association and the Israeli Ministry of Education in collaboration with MERLOT – a leading American repository of learning object meta-data. The IsraCore Standard was developed in preparation for the establishment of MAOR in order to define the information to be provided in order to characterize learning materials.