New and Emerging Specs and Standards (October 2019)

What You'll Want to Know!

ISO/IEC TS 20748-4:2019 Information technology for learning, education and training — Learning analytics interoperability — Part 4: Privacy and data protection policies
Technical Committee: ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 36 Information technology for learning, education and training

“This document specifies privacy and data protection requirements and attributes to inform design of learning analytics systems and learning analytics practices in schools, universities, workplace learning and blended learning settings. The ISO/IEC 20748 series clarifies and regularizes the behavior of components related to learning analytics interoperability. Privacy and data protection are identified as important cross-cutting requirements impacting all sub-processes of learning analytics. Even if privacy and data protection are regulated by law in some jurisdictions, there is a need to specify privacy requirements as part of this series to establish principles that can influence design and operation of learning analytics systems.”

W3C Strategic Highlights, September 2019

“The report covers the massive and critical work that takes place at the Web Consortium toward the growth and strength of the Web, how W3C meets industry needs, and provides updates in key areas, as well as the latest around Web for all and outreach to the world.” There is an accompanying fact sheet.

W3C: Making Audio and Video Media Accessible

“The WAI Education and Outreach Working Group (EOWG) has published Making Audio and Video Media Accessible. This resource helps you understand and create captions/subtitles, audio description of visual information, descriptive transcripts, and sign language for media. It includes guidance for creating new videos, and on media player accessibility. The planning and project management sections address considerations for outsourcing or in-house development. The resource starts by introducing user experiences and benefits to organizations — illustrating how accessibility is essential for some and useful for all.”

BIC launches UKSLC 1.2 – a refreshed set of Thema based subject classification codes for Libraries.

"Book Industry Communication Ltd (BIC), the book industry’s independent supply chain organisation, announced today that it has launched a refreshed UK Standard Library Categories (UKSLC) scheme which is now based on the international Thema subject categories, where previously it was based on BIC subject categories. Version 1.2 constitutes the first significant update of the scheme since it was launched in 2008 as e4Libraries Subject Category Headings."