Latest ASN News en Next Generation Science Standards <p>The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are now <a href="">available in the ASN</a>. The modeling and representation of the NGSS is supported by ASN Member, <a href="">TeachEngineering digital library</a>. Here is what was done:</p> <h2>A Framework for K-12 Science Education</h2> <p>Prior to modeling the NGSS standards, the <em>Framework for K-12 Science Education</em> (<em>Framework</em>) was added to the ASN repository as a separate, <a href="">referenceable document</a>.</p> <h2>DCI View vs. Topic View</h2> <p>The ASN representation/layout of NGSS (via properties <em>hasChild/isChildOf</em>) follows the NGSS <em>Disciplinary Core Ideas</em> (DCI) View but the data accommodates applications wanting to display performance expectations by topic as well. We created a controlled vocabulary consisting of each NGSS topic (which can be <a href="">downloaded/referenced here</a>), and tagged each NGSS performance expectation with the appropriate topic tag. Applications can then use these tags to create an associated "Topic View" of the NGSS.</p> <h2>Common Core Connections</h2> <p>Each ASN NGSS performance expectation has been <em>aligned</em> to the appropriate Math and ELA Common Core State Standard (CCSS) per the NGSS <em>Common Core Connections</em> section. We’ve opted to align to the official CCSS URI and not to the corresponding ASN CCSS URI. The ASN CCSS data contains the one-to-one mappings to the official CCSS URI’s so chances are, your system has already ingested them.</p> <h2>Three Dimensions</h2> <p>The three dimensions of <em>Science Engineering Practices</em>, <em>Crosscutting Concepts</em> and <em>Disciplinary Core Ideas</em> have been captured in the ASN NGSS. All of these statements while not “Original” to the NGSS are “Derived” from the previously mentioned <em>Framework</em> document. Where known, ASN has linked these “Derived” statements back to the original <em>Framework</em> sections. These “Derived” statements contain a <em>seeAlso</em> reference to the identified PDF pages on the <a href="">National Academies Press website</a> as well.</p> <p>While the three dimensions are not related hierarchically to any NGSS performance expectation (no <em>hasChild/isChildOf</em> relationships) they are linked via the ASN property, <em>comprisedOf</em>. <em>comprisedOf</em> states that the standard being described, comprehends or encompass, in whole or in part, the mearing, nature or importance of the standard being referenced. So in the case of NGSS performance expectations, each expectation is <em>comprisedOf</em> the various corresponding dimension statements. This horizontal linking of the dimensions to the performance expectations allows applications to create custom searches and views of the data like that found on the <a href="">Next Generation State Standards website</a>. An application can choose not to display the dimension statements by simply filtering out the “Derived” statements vs. “Original” statements.</p> <h2>comprisedOf Example</h2> <p>For NGSS performance expectation, K-PS3-2, <em>Use tools and materials provided to design and build a structure that will reduce the warming effect of sunlight on Earth's surface.</em>, we <a href="">can see</a> that it is <em>comprisedOf</em> of three statements (one from each dimension). The <a href="">metadata</a> for this ASN Statement contains the same three <em>comprisedOf</em> references: <ul> <li><a href="" title=""></a></li> <li><a href="" title=""></a></li> <li><a href="" title=""></a></li> </ul> </p> <p>Applications can find other NGSS performance expectations that are <em>comprisedOf</em> the same “Derived” <em>Framework</em> statements as well. For example, the following NGSS performance expectations share the common <em>comprisedOf</em> <em>Framework</em> statement - <em>Sunlight warms Earth's surface</em>. <ul> <li>K-PS3-1 - Make observations to determine the effect of sunlight on Earth’s surface.</li> <li>K-PS3-2 - Use tools and materials to design and build a structure that will reduce the warming effect of sunlight on an area</li> </ul> </p> <p>If you need additional assistance or have further questions about the ASN, <a href="">send us a message</a>.</p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 19:51:04 +0000 jesandco 485726 at Chris Chung Appointed Director of JES & Co.'s Achievement Standards Network <p><strong>Chung, a key contributor in educational publishing, joins JES &amp; Co. to build the ASN into the worldwide source of open access machine-readable standards</strong></p> <p>JES &amp; Co. is excited to announce the appointment of Chris Chung as the new Achievement Standards Network (ASN) Director. JES &amp; Co., a leader in research and deployment of open standards, welcomes Mr. Chung to the team as they expand the ASN to meet the needs of educators and publishers across the globe.</p> <p>Mr. Chung is no stranger to standards. His extensive work with educational learning outcomes includes leadership in prominent standards organizations like IMS, NIMAS, COSN, SIAA, SIFA and others. He was a co-chair for the IMS K-12 Working Group, served on the IMS Technical Advisory Board, and served as a board member for NIMAS. These experiences have prepared Mr. Chung for the challenges of building the ASN into an essential component of personalized and adaptive education.</p> <p>"I welcome this exciting opportunity to join JES &amp; Co. at a time when the K-12 industry is focused on individualized learning. The Achievement Standards Network (ASN) is well positioned to help drive this change and the timing is right for me to bring together those companies that want a jump start in sales through interoperability,” says Mr. Chung. “With the addition of the Common Core State Standards (including the states' variations) JES &amp; Co.'s ASN framework is perfectly suited to address the challenges faced by companies and school districts implementing technology-based solutions." Mr. Chung also notes that "I have spent years working on interoperability standards for the education market and am prepared to be an integral part of the JES &amp; Co. team, directly making the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's investment successful."</p> <p>“I have to say that the JES &amp; Co. team was unanimously excited when Chris accepted the director position. JES &amp; Co. and specifically the ASN has been well known and supported by research development and now, through the generous grant from the Gates Foundation, we are able to hire Chris to lead the expansion and deployment of the ASN,” adds JES &amp; Co.’s Executive Director, Diny Golder. "There was no doubt in anyone's mind that Chris was who we needed to lead the effort. I have known Chris for several years and knew that he had the skills necessary for the job and will take the load off my shoulders!"</p> <p>Mr. Chung joins the JES &amp; Co. team from Harcourt (HMH), where he has represented the company to K-12 standards organizations since 2006. While at HMH, Mr. Chung drove the adoption of Student Data Integration Standards and Interoperability Standards within the company and formed partnerships with K-12 vendors. Understanding the ins and outs of standards adoption is an essential skill for successfully guiding the ASN, and Mr. Chung is ready for the challenge.</p> Tue, 04 Jun 2013 19:46:11 +0000 jesandco 472161 at New ASN Concept Resolver <p>We have added a new Simple Knowledge Organization System (SKOS) resolver to all our schemes. This makes it easier to browse and navigate through our various vocabularies like <em>Education Level</em> or <em>Jurisdiction</em> in a web browser. You can access the RDF for individual concepts by adding the ".rdf" file extension to any concept URI, or access the scheme's entire RDF file by visiting its URI.</p> <p>Some examples:</p> <p>ASN Jurisdiction - USA:<br /> <a href="" title=""></a></p> <p>ASN Education Level - Middle School:<br /> <a href="" title=""></a></p> <p>ASN Indexing Status - Yes (rdf):<br /> <a href="" title=""></a></p> Sat, 27 Apr 2013 04:02:47 +0000 jesandco 460939 at Ext JS 4.0 Checkbox Tree Sample Code <p>Here is a <a href="">drop-in replacement JavaScript file</a> for the <a href="">Ext JS 4.0 Checkbox tree demo</a> that uses our new ASN <a href="">CORS enabled files</a>* to make cross-domain requests inside of an application.</p> <p>You can view a running version of the sample code on <a href="">JSFiddle</a>.</p> <p>*CORS support may <a href="">vary between web browsers</a></p> Wed, 13 Mar 2013 16:21:40 +0000 jesandco 445460 at Cross-Origin Resource Sharing Enabled for ASN Files <p>We have enabled <a href="">Cross-Origin Resource Sharing (CORS)</a> for all our ASN files (manifest and full RDF flavors). This allows web browsers to make requests that would otherwise be forbidden due to the <a href="">same origin policy</a>. For now, if you request <em>_full</em> or <em>_manifest</em> you receive a 303 redirect to where those files are stored in the cloud and you must use that URL for the request.</p> <p>For example, you can now easily fetch an ASN manifest file directly with jQuery + AJAX:</p> <script src=""></script><p> Not all legacy <a href="">web browsers support CORS</a> so make sure to check prior to implementing.</p> Mon, 11 Mar 2013 18:25:16 +0000 jesandco 443434 at New Web Service - ASN Search <p><a href=""><img src="/sites/default/files/images/asn-search.png" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" /></a></p> <p>We are proud to release <a href=""><em>ASN Search</em></a> - a high throughput, low latency search API powered by the ASN open source dataset. This new web service enables free-text and faceted search with the ability to search and sort learning outcomes using any of the fields in the ASN metadata schema. We have taken the built-in power of ASN's "graph of learning outcomes" and wrapped it with an easy to use RESTful JSON API. <em>ASN Search</em> can integrate into any website or application that requires learning outcomes for meta-tagging, content correlation and/or data analysis. <a href="">Try it out</a>.</p> Wed, 06 Mar 2013 23:53:15 +0000 jesandco 441932 at Introducing Semantic Tagging <p>The ASN is built on <em>Linked Data</em> principles i.e. using the Web to connect related data not previously linked. So naturally, we wanted to start connecting ASN learning outcomes to other datasets. We are starting off with the mother of all Linked Open Datasets, <a href="">DBpedia</a> Wikipedia's linked data counterpart. You will now start seeing semantic tags included in ASN data that tie specific learning outcomes to related people, places and things. For example, a learning outcome discussing a historical person, <em>John F. Kennedy</em> and an event, <em>Cuban Missile Crisis</em>, can now be enriched with additional data about those specific things from around the Semantic Web.</p> <p>We've included a screenshot (below) of a <a href="">particular learning outcome</a> that has been semantically tagged with <em>ASN Concept Terms</em> and the result of clicking on a given term. <a href="">Try it out yourself</a>. We think this adds great value to ASN data and to the applications that consume it.</p> <p><a href=""><img src="/sites/default/files/images/jfk-uri.png" style="border:1px solid; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto" /></a></p> Fri, 22 Feb 2013 20:57:52 +0000 jesandco 435931 at Content Correlation <p>EdGate Correlations Service and JES &amp; Co. announced today that they are partnering to offer correlation services to JES &amp; Co.'s Achievement Standards Network (ASN) subscribers. Many of JES &amp; Co.'s ASN users need help correlating resources to learning objectives such as the Common Core State Standards and want to make sure that ASN uniform resource identifiers (URIs) are used. EdGate will provide these ASN URIs in their correlations, allowing their customers to use the standards data openly in their education offerings. This partnership will make it easy for publishers to obtain a quality correlation and at the same time know that education stakeholders can make an association between content and assessments without paying for the exposure of learning objective identifiers. To view the full press release <a href="">click here</a>.</p> Tue, 29 Jan 2013 00:12:07 +0000 jesandco 421550 at 5 Million Triples <p>Happy to announce that the <a href="">ASN RDF Quad-Store</a> now contains over 5 million triples (5,519,769 as of our last count). We are storing over 400,000 ASN Statements and 1,100+ ASN Standard Documents. We anticipate the continued growth of our RDF store in the coming weeks as we have begun to roll out the <a href="">state-specific Common Core State Standards</a> into the ASN.</p> Tue, 22 Jan 2013 16:00:11 +0000 jesandco 417539 at List ID and Alternative Statement Notation <p>We have added two new properties to the ASN schema, <em><a href="">List ID</a></em> and <em><a href="">Alternative Statement Notation</a></em>.</p> <p><em>List ID</em> stores the list identifier transcribed exactly as found in the source competency framework--e.g., "A.", "b", "c)", "•". Previously, the List ID was contained in the <em><a href="">Description</a></em>. We found that storing the <em>List ID</em> with the <em>Description</em> was posing some interesting challenges for ASN app developers who wanted more control over the display of ASN data. We are working on implementing <em>List ID</em> across the ASN dataset, so stay tuned.</p> <p><em>Alternative Statement Notation</em> stores a <u>common use</u> notation or ID code identifying the statement. <em>Alternative Statement Notation</em> need not be an official identifier created by the promulgating agency but it must be an identifier in common use among end-users of the statement. For example, in the Common Core State Standards (Math), the official Statement Notation of "CCSS.Math.Content.1.NBT.C.4" is abbreviated in common use by end-users to the unofficial <em>Alternative Statement Notation</em> of "1.NBT.4". You will now find both the official and alternative notations included in the <a href="">ASN representations of the Common Core</a>.</p> Wed, 19 Dec 2012 22:23:09 +0000 jesandco 410590 at What does ASN look like? <p>Ever wonder what the ASN:US dataset looks like as a whole? Well, we did. Using the <a href="">ASN SPARQL Endpoint</a> as the source, we've created a live look into the dataset by <em>Jurisdiction</em> and the number of published <em>Standard Documents</em>. See the <a href="">live version</a>.</p> Tue, 23 Oct 2012 19:56:07 +0000 jesandco 400107 at Stay current with ASN data <p>An easy way to stay up to date with the ASN is to use our <a href="">SPARQL endpoint</a> and query for newly added standards documents. For example, to find the last 25 documents added to the ASN use this query:<br /> <span style="font-size:80%"><br /> SELECT ?documentUri ?date<br /> WHERE {<br /> ?licenseUri dcterms:created ?date;<br /> foaf:primaryTopic ?documentUri.<br /> }<br /> ORDER by DESC (?date)<br /> LIMIT 25<br /> </span></p> <p>The above query results in this response: <a href="" title=""></a></p> <p>Remember you can format the query response as either XML or JSON so that you can integrate the response into your application and always be up to date with new ASN data. </p> <p>For more information about querying and the available response formats see <a href="">our SPARQL documentation</a>.</p> Tue, 04 Sep 2012 14:46:00 +0000 jesandco 387367 at Grant for the Achievement Standards Network <p>JES &amp; Co. is excited to announce that they have received a grant from the <strong>Bill &amp; Melinda Gates Foundation</strong> to sustain and continue development of the Achievement Standards Network (ASN) and to expand the ASN's services. The ASN provides access to machine-readable representations of learning objectives published by education agencies and organizations.</p> <p>Continue to the <a href="">full press release</a>.</p> Mon, 20 Aug 2012 16:50:48 +0000 jesandco 382095 at Standards Browser with Aligned Resources <p><a href="">Navigation North</a>, a full production code development and programming studio that specializes in comprehensive portal development, released a set of <a href="">Node.js</a> applications that can be used to view <a href="">Learning Registry</a> and ASN standards data stored in <a href="">CouchDB</a>.</p> <p>You can see the app in action: <a href=""></a><br /> with some Common Core standards with linked resources: <a href=""></a>.</p> <p>The code has been released under the Apache 2.0 license and can be forked and contributed to on github: <a href=""></a>.</p> <p>If you're interested in contributing to it or have ideas for other collaborations, please contact Joe Hobson ( <a href=""></a>).</p> Sat, 28 Jul 2012 20:46:45 +0000 jesandco 383889 at SPARQL by Example <p>Just thought we'd share some useful SPARQL queries that we use from time to time.</p> <ol type=1"> <li>Find out if an ASN URI (<a href="" title=""></a>) comes from a Published Standards Document:<br /> <span style="font-size:80%;"><br /> ASK<br /> {<br /> &lt;; dcterms:isPartOf ?standardsDocument.<br /> ?standardsDocument asn:publicationStatus &lt;;.<br /> }<br /> </span><br /> SPARQL response in HTML: <a href="" title=""></a><br /><br /></li> <li>Return to me just the state codes and corresponding ASN URI's for a particular ASN Standards Document (<a href="" title=""></a>):<br /> <span style="font-size:80%;"><br /> SELECT DISTINCT ?statementNotation ?asnURI WHERE<br /> {<br /> ?asnURI dcterms:isPartOf &lt;;.<br /> ?asnURI asn:statementNotation ?statementNotation.<br /> }<br /> </span><br /> SPARQL response in HTML: <a href="" title=""></a><br /><br /></li> <li>Give me the preferred labels and the corresponding ASN URI's for the ASN Education Level and Topic Vocabularies:<br /> <span style="font-size:80%;"><br /> SELECT DISTINCT ?prefLabel ?URI<br /> FROM &lt;;<br /> FROM &lt;;<br /> WHERE<br /> {<br /> ?prefLabel skos:prefLabel ?URI.<br /> }<br /> </span><br /> SPARQL response in HTML: <a href="" title=""></a><br /><br /></li> <li>Give me the ASN URI that has this description, "1. Count to 100 by ones and by tens.":<br /> <span style="font-size:80%;"><br /> SELECT ?asnUri WHERE<br /> {<br /> ?asnUri dcterms:description ?description.<br /> ?description bif:contains "'1. Count to 100 by ones and by tens.'".<br /> }<br /> </span><br /> SPARQL response in HTML: <a href="" title=""></a><br /><br /></li> </ol> <p>For more information about the ASN SPARQL endpoint see our <a href="">documentation</a>.</p> Fri, 30 Mar 2012 15:11:11 +0000 jesandco 372658 at ASN RDF/JSON Updated <p>We fixed a bug in the ASN RDF/JSON where invalid JSON was produced if a literal value ended with a quotation mark ("). </p> <p>Example of previous bug: </p> <p><code>{"value":"Ends with a quote/}</code></p> <p>now correctly generates as:</p> <p><code>{"value":"Ends with a quote/""}</code>. </p> <p>Also, URI values in the RDF/JSON are no longer string escaped. Previously looked like:</p> <p><code>{ "value" : "http:\/\/\/ASN\/schema\/core\/StandardDocument", "type" : "uri" }</code> </p> <p>now look like: </p> <p><code>{ "value" : "", "type" : "uri" }</code></p> Fri, 16 Mar 2012 22:02:06 +0000 jesandco 372583 at TheGateway.Org, ASN and Yahoo YUI <p>The launch of the new <a href="">Gateway to 21st Century Skills</a> website uses ASN standards data to help teachers discover resources that have been correlated to various standards, including the Common Core. The Gateway uses <a href="">Yahoo's YUI</a> framework to display ASN standards. Gateway users can browse the standards in a collapisble tree view and find resources that have been correlated to a specific standard. See a screenshot of the interface <a href="/sites/default/files/images/Gateway-ASN.png">here</a>.</p> <p>You can try it out (with a free Gateway account) by going to: <a href=""></a>.</p> Mon, 12 Mar 2012 20:51:11 +0000 jesandco 372582 at ASN Data at Learning Registry Launch - SETDA 2011 Leadership Summit <p>ASN data was in the spotlight this week with the launch of the Learning Registry. The Learning Registry is a joint effort of the Department of Education and the Department of Defense, with support of the White House and numerous federal agencies, non-profit organizations, international organizations and private companies. The Learning Registry is creating a set of technical protocols as a platform for innovation by content authors and aggregators. Applications built to harness the power of harvesting and analyzing the Learning Registry data will allow educators to quickly find content specific to their unique needs.</p> <p>ASN URI correlations were freely pushed out into the Learning Registry by both <a href="">Agilix</a> and <a href="">NSDL</a> to enhance resource discovery by standards. Steve Midgley (Deputy Director, Office of Educational Technology, U.S. Department of Education) highlighted some of these resources during his presentation through the use of a Google Chrome Extension.</p> <p>For more information about this event including Steve Midgley's presentation see: <a href="" title=""></a></p> <p>For more information about JES &amp; Co.'s involvement with the Learning Registry see: <a href="" title=""></a></p> Thu, 10 Nov 2011 01:11:21 +0000 jesandco 367756 at ASN Java Swing Control for Developers <p><a href="">Jeff Kahn</a> has contributed a Java Swing control that can be used as a basis for picking ASN standards for content alignment. This code was showcased at the IMS Quarterly Meeting in Redmond, WA. The ASN Java Swing control was part of a demo by <a href="">SoftChalk</a>. You can read more about SoftChalks's ASN integration on SoftChalk's <a href="">Blog</a>.</p> <p><a href="">Click here to download the ASN Java Swing control</a>. There is also a <a href="">short video</a> you can watch that shows this code in action inside SoftChalk.</p> <p>Thanks to Jeff and SoftChalk for making this code available to the ASN community!</p> Fri, 23 Sep 2011 15:51:16 +0000 jesandco 365705 at ASN Manifest Sample Application for Developers <p>Did you know that all ASN manifest files work out-of-the-box with Sencha's <a href="">EXT JS library</a> including: tree panels, checkbox trees and drag/drop trees? Well, they do! We use the Open Source version of EXT JS on this site when displaying standards. See <a href=""></a> for an example of our viewer. Download the sample <a href="">ASN manifest viewer application</a>.</p> <p>You can download ASN manifests by simply appending "_manifest.json" to any ASN Document URI. For example: <a href=""></a> You will be prompted to download the manifest file in JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) format.</p> <p>If <strong>you</strong> have created applications that use ASN data and would like to share them with the ASN community <a href="/content/asn-contact-us">Contact Us</a> and we'll highlight them here.</p> Wed, 27 Jul 2011 21:11:10 +0000 jesandco 364797 at ASN Faceted Search <p>You can now browse the ASN using our RDF store's faceted search interface. You can initiate a search by text, property label or URI. Here's how to begin:</p> <p>Start by going to: <a href="" title=""></a></p> <p>From there you can: <ul> <li>perform free text searches (e.g. <a href="">vacuum</a>)</li> <li>search by ASN property label (e.g. <a href=";sid=63&amp;urilookup=1">Statement Notation</a>)</li> <li>or lookup any ASN URI (e.g. <a href=";sid=64&amp;urilookup=1"></a>)</li> </ul> </p><p>There are a lot of side features to this interface including saving search results and adding the ASN search engine as a plugin to your web browser.</p> <p>If you'd like more documentation on how to use our faceted search please visit the <a href="">faceted search documentation page</a>.</p> Tue, 26 Jul 2011 03:29:37 +0000 jesandco 364678 at ASN REST based Web Services now in Beta! <p>Read about <a href="">how to use the new ASN REST based web services</a> that are now in Beta. Get listings of jurisdictions and subjects while filtering ASN documents using various parameters. You can also find this information under the "Access the ASN Now" drop down menu.</p> Tue, 05 Jul 2011 23:24:27 +0000 jesandco 363735 at ASN URI Resolution 101 <p>We now have published <a href="">documentation</a> on how to use the new ASN URI resolution service. Learn how to request ASN data in various serializations and how to hack our URI's with some <em>new</em> web service options that we added to both document and statement URI's. This documentation can also be found under the "Access the ASN Now" dropdown menu item on the main <a href="">ASN site</a>.</p> Wed, 18 May 2011 17:52:36 +0000 jesandco 362833 at ASN Newsletter - New Site, New Services <p>Read the most recent ASN Newsletter - <a href="">New Site, New Services</a>. In this newsletter: <ul> <li>Tour the New ASN Website</li> <li>ASN Resource Description Editor</li> <li>New ASN RDF/XML Export Version</li> <li>ASN Web Services - New Resolver Service and Progress on other New Services</li> <li>ASN Toolkit - ASN Mapping Tool</li> </ul> </p> Wed, 06 Apr 2011 16:38:44 +0000 jesandco 362821 at What's New in ASN Export Version 3.0.0 <p>ASN Export Version 3.0.0 includes: <ul> <li>{{dcterms:tableOfContents}} data element which links to that documents manifest file (statement order/easy parsing)</li> <li>New {{asn:identifier}} data element contains PURL URI if previously assigned</li> <li>New URI's which enable content negotiation</li> <li>xml:lang attributes are now included on every literal value</li> <li>{{dcterms:license}} and {{asn:exportVersion}} are now non-literals</li> <li>{{dcterms:created}} data element changed to {{dcterms:valid}}</li> <li>{{dc:subject}} data element changed to {{dcterms:subject}}</li> <li>{{dc:description}} data element changed to {{dcterms:description}}</li> <li>{{dc:language}} data element changed to {{dcterms:language}} and is now a non-literal value</li> <li>Removed all {{rdf:Seq}} and {{rdf:li}} resource groupings. {{gemq:hasChild}} data element remains (for statement ordering see manifest URI ({{dcterms:tableOfContents}}))</li> <li>{{asn:fileCreated}} replaced by {{asn:repositoryDate}}</li> </ul> </p> Fri, 01 Apr 2011 18:42:12 +0000 jesandco 362819 at Announcing the New ASN Website! <p>The ASN website has been updated. You can still find ASN documentation and other information pertaining to the ASN using the menu bar along the top of the screen. Along with the new ASN website, we also updated our ASN Viewer which has now become the ASN Standards Locator Beta* which is available under the 'Access the ASN Now' menu. This new view of the ASN shows all the metadata about particular documents and statements in an easy to browse tree format.</p> <p>The ASN RDF/XML data has also undergone some changes. These new changes include a new manifest URI which allows for easy parsing of statements and their metadata and changes/additions to various ASN properties.</p> <p>Also expect to see a revamp of all the ASN web services in the coming weeks as we open the ASN RDF store to the Semantic Web. The new ASN RDF/XML will also be made publicly available at that time. Please check back with us as this site will be updated when the new services come online.</p> <p>If you are not subscribed to the ASN newsletter, which will inform you of important ASN news as it happens, you can do so by filling out the sign-up form on the right hand side of the home page.</p> Wed, 09 Mar 2011 14:39:50 +0000 jesandco 362321 at ASN 2nd Quarter 2010 Newsletter <p>The 2nd Quarter 2010 Update to the ASN is now available. Here is a list of the<br /> new additions for Q2 2010:<br /> <ol type="1"> <li>Colorado - Colorado Academic Standards for Reading, Writing and Communicating, English 2009</li> <li>Colorado - Colorado Academic Standards for Mathematics, Math 2009</li> <li>Colorado - Colorado Academic Standards for Science, Science 2009</li> <li>Colorado - Colorado Academic Standards for Social Studies, Social Studies 2009</li> <li>Delaware - Geography Standards, updated January 2010, Geography 2010</li> <li>Delaware - Economics Standards, updated January 2010, Economics 2010</li> <li>Delaware - Civics Standards, updated January 2010, Civics 2010</li> <li>Delaware - History Standards, updated January 2010, Historical Understanding 2010</li> <li>West Virginia - 21st Century Science 9-12 Content Standards and Objectives for West Virginia Schools, Science 2010</li> <li>Virginia - English Standards of Learning for Virginia Public Schools, English 2010</li> <li>Virginia - Science Standards of Learning for Virginia Public Schools, Science 2010</li> </ol> </p> Thu, 16 Sep 2010 18:33:24 +0000 jesandco 75 at Australia to join JES & Co.’s Achievement Standards Network <p>Washington, DC – November 19, 2009 - At the annual National Science Distributed Learning conference sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF), participants learned how JES &amp; Co.’s Achievement Standards Network (ASN) framework is being used by Australia’s Curriculum Corporation in an effort to link educational resource data globally. Representing Australia’s nationally funded Le@rning Federation Initiative was Jillian Dellit, for 9 years Director of The Le@rning Federation Secretariat. Diny Golder, the executive director of JES &amp; Co., the home of the ASN, has been working with Ms. Dellit for over 10 years in an effort to launch an international exchange of learning resources, discoverable by learning objective or achievement standards. Stuart Sutton, the lead scientist for the ASN project, has worked closely with Curriculum Corporation’s Steve Sunter and Les Kneebone to align Australia’s rich educational vocabularies to existing ASN properties.</p> <p>Presented to the National Science Distributed Learning community was a demonstration of the ASN configurable Resource Description Editor (RDE) developed in cooperation with Zepheira that has been configured to meet Australia’s unique educational needs. Many in the area of education publishing are familiar with resource metadata, but the notion of describing learning goals is fairly new. The ASN is both an open source framework for the description and encoding of achievement standards and an open resource, Web-accessible repository of all historical and current U.S. K-12 standards. The ASN was partially funded at its start by NSF through its National Science Digital Library (NSDL) initiative. The repository of U.S. K-12 standards has APIs that enable cataloging tools to link to the repository in order to search, browse and assign identifiers (URI) for fine-grained achievement assertions to learning resources. All identifiers so assigned are then resolvable over the Web, yielding related metadata and the text of the achievement assertion identified. Ms. Dellit explained to the audience the opportunities in the current Australian context and the ways in which the ASN will leverage some of the Australian digital resource work of the last decade.</p> <p>To quote Sutton, "The configurable RDE is the first complete RDF editor architecture for the description of entities and the relationships among those entities in a way that supports Linked Data and Semantic Web goals by catalogers and metadata generators without the need for those people to understand XML or RDF.” JES &amp; Co. plans on joining the Linked Data community with a focus on CyberLearning; a networked world of open source standards, digital tools, services and resources. International collaboration is providing a stimulus and an incentive to reap the benefits of CyberLearning.</p> Thu, 19 Nov 2009 05:00:00 +0000 jesandco 362326 at JES & Co. announced today that they have joined IMS Global Learning Consortium <p>JES &amp; Co. announced today that they have joined IMS Global Learning Consortium as a Contributing Member to support development of interoperability standards for the K12 / Common Cartridge Curriculum Standards project.</p> <p>Read the full press release <a href="">here</a>.</p> Tue, 28 Apr 2009 04:00:00 +0000 jesandco 362327 at