LRMI Version 1.1

Title: LRMI Specification Version 1.1
Creator: Association of Educational Publishers & Creative Commons
Date Issued/AEP-CC:
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Document Status: [Education] Community Specification
Description: The LRMI™ specification is a collection of classes and properties for markup and description of educational resources. The specification builds on the extensive vocabulary provided by and other standards.

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Version 1.1 is the final version of the LRMI Metadata Specification created by the LRMI Project between 2011-2014 and transferred to DCMI in 2014. This version is retained as it was in 2014; newer terms are are to be found in the current specification of LRMI Terms in RDF.

AEP Press Release on transfer of stewardship of LRMI to DCMI.

The LRMI™ specification is a collection of properties to describe educational resources. It builds on the extensive vocabulary provided by Predominantly it uses properties of resources of type that were proposed to by the LRMI to describe the educational characteristics of learning resources. For some of these properties it uses the LRMI-created types and

The LRMI project looked for inspiration, ideas, and learnings from other projects with similar visions in furtherance of its goal of interoperating with other specifications. As much as possible, contributors on those works were invited to participate in LRMI specification development. We wish to acknowledge and thank these initiatives for informing our work:

Table 1. LRMI Additions to

Property Expected Type Description
educationalAlignment An alignment to an established educational framework.
educationalUse The purpose of the work in the context of education.
  • Ex: "assignment"
  • Ex: "group work"
timeRequired (ISO
Approximate or typical time it takes to work with or through this learning resource for the typical intended target audience.
  • Ex: "PT30M"
  • Ex: "PT1H25M"
typicalAgeRange The typical range of ages the content’s intended end user.
  • Ex: "7-9"
  • Ex: "18-"
interactivityType The predominant mode of learning supported by the learning resource. Acceptable values are active, expositive, or mixed.
  • Ex: "active"
  • Ex: "mixed"
learningResourceType The predominant type or kind characterizing the learning resource.
  • Ex: "presentation"
  • Ex: "handout"
useRightsUrl The URL where the owner specifies permissions for using the resource.
  • Ex:
  • Ex:
isBasedOnUrl A resource that was used in the creation of this resource. This term can be repeated for multiple sources.

A note on useRightsUrl: this property was not adopted by Subsequently adopted a property called license which encompasses the same functions as useRightsUrl (see below). The license property is likely to be more widely understood by consumers of mark-up than the LRMI useRightsUrl property.

Table 2. Other important characteristics of learning resources that are covered by properties of CreativeWork

Property Expected Type Description
name The title of the resource.
about The subject of the content.
dateCreated The date on which the resource was created.
author The individual credited with the creation of the resource.
publisher The organization credited with publishing the resource.
inLanguage The primary language of the resource.
accessibilityAPI Text Indicates that the resource is compatible with the referenced accessibility API. (WebSchemas wiki lists possible values).
accessibilityControl Text Identifies input methods that are sufficient to fully control the described resource. (WebSchemas wiki lists possible values).
accessibilityFeature Text Content features of the resource, such as accessible media, alternatives and supported enhancements for accessibility. (WebSchemas wiki lists possible values).
accessibilityHazard Text A characteristic of the described resource that is physiologically dangerous to some users. Related to WCAG 2.0 guideline 2.3. (WebSchemas wiki lists possible values).
license Url or CreativeWork A license document that applies to this content, typically indicated by URL.


Alignment Object

An alignment object is an intangible item that describes an alignment between a learning resource and a node in an educational framework. AlignmentObject is a subtype of

Table 3. LRMI properties of AlignmentObject

Property Expected Type Description
alignmentType Text A category of alignment between the learning resource and the framework node. Recommended values include: 'assesses', 'teaches', 'requires', 'textComplexity', 'readingLevel', 'educationalSubject', and 'educationLevel'.
educationalFramework Text The framework to which the resource being described is aligned.
targetDescription Text The description of a node in an established educational framework.
targetName Text The name of a node in an established educational framework.
targetUrl URL The URL of a node in an established educational framework.


Educational Audience

Educational Audience may be used with the audience property of a creative work. Note: is a subtype of

Table 4. LRMI properties of EducationalAudience

Property Expected Type Description
educationalRole The role that describes the target audience of the content.