If you don’t have the pleasure of being a metadata geek in your day job then, move along folks, nothing to see here.
For the 9 and 3/4 people still reading this post, this report from Jorum is worth a read, though not the magic bullet you’d hoped for from the title. The report mainly looks at Jorum’s own practices in regards to automating metadata collection for learning resources (sensible enough too, mostly all ones we practice in SOL*R) and near the end surveys 5 other systems out there to consider what lessons are to be learned. Another that could have been included here as potentially useful is Yahoo’s Term Extraction Service, but as is the case of the others they look at, it holds no magic solution.
The report ends with a list of recommendations for the Jorum service, all of which seem very sensible as an approach to incremental improvements. I wish I could say more, but I am in such the same boat that I won’t. Suffice to say the ‘Survivors of LOR’ support group is meeting at my house on Wednesday, new members always welcome. And bring beer, it’s that kind of support group.