Development of a National Syllabus Repository for Higher Education in Ireland

Joorabchi, A. and Mahdi, A. E. (2008) Development of a National Syllabus Repository for Higher Education in Ireland. In: Research and Advanced Technology for Digital Libraries. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 5173 . UNSPECIFIED, pp. 197-208.


With the significant growth in electronic education materials such as syllabus documents and lecture notes available on the Internet and intranets, there is a need for developing structured central repositories of such materials to allow both educators and learners to easily share, search and access them. This paper reports on our on-going work to develop a national repository for course syllabi in Ireland. In specific, it describes a prototype syllabus repository system for higher education in Ireland that has been developed by utilising a number of information extraction and document classification techniques, including a new fully unsupervised document classification method that uses a web search engine for automatic collection of training set for the classification algorithm. Preliminary experimental results for evaluating the system's performance are presented and discussed.

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