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iLumina is a digital library of sharable undergraduate teaching materials for chemistry, biology, physics, mathematics, and computer science. It is designed to quickly and accurately connect users with the educational resources they need. These resources range in type from highly granular objects such as individual images and video clips to entire courses. Resources in iLumina are cataloged in the MARC and NSDL metadata formats, which capture both technical and education-specific information about each resource. iLumina contains thousands of educational resources and several virtual collections. iLumina is being migrated to a new platform and some resources may be temporarily unavailable.

 

Chemistry Biology Computer Science Mathematics Physics

CHM

BIO

CSC

MAT

PHY

 

The National Science Digital Library


About iLumina

History

iLumina was funded by a DLI-Phase 2 grant from the National Science Foundation. Work on iLumina began in August of 2000. iLumina was developed by the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Collegis, Inc., Virginia Tech, Georgia State University, Grand Valley State University and The College of New Jersey. iLumina is a participating collection in the NSDL initiative and is listed as a Featured Collection. The mission of the NSDL is to "both deepen and extend science literacy through access to materials and methods that reveal the nature of the physical universe and the intellectual means by which we discover and understand it."

Mission and Objectives

iLumina's mission is to enable faculty and students

  • To quickly and accurately connect with resources they need
  • To develop new resources and contribute them to the library
  • To make effective use of the resources through search and community services
  • To meaningfully interact with scientific communities in the process of teaching and learning

iLumina has identified the following objectives that support its mission:

  • Catalog resources with IMS-compliant metadata, which captures education-specific data about each resource
  • Develop search, browse, and virtual collection services that enable students and faculty to identify resources that will best suit their needs
  • Develop contribution and review services that assist users with submission and acceptance of digital resources
  • Participate with other digital library communities across the National Science Digital Library (NSDL)

Contact

For information about contributing to iLumina contact Gary Moore

 

Technical Documents for iLumina:

   
Comparison Chart: This chart compares the IMS Metadata specification (1.2) and best practice vocabularies to the implemented specification and vocabularies of iLumina. Links are included to provide more detailed information about vocabulary use.
iLumina Vocabulary A listing of links for defined and implemented iLumina metadata vocabularies.
iLumina to MARC21 Crosswalk A detailed mapping of elements from iLumina's IMS metadata format to the MARC21 metadata format.
iLumina to Qualified Dublin Core Crosswalk A detailed mapping of elements from iLumina's IMS metadata format to the NSDL supported NSDL_DC Qualified Dublin Core metadata format.
Language: This chart shows the two-letter language code as defined by ISO639 and the country code from ISO3166.
Media Types: A chart mapping media types to associated file extensions and MIME types.
MIME Types: This chart is used to identify the technical type of a resource in iLumina. 
Taxonomies: Classification schemes used in iLumina are referred to as taxonomies. Schemes for each discipline are listed with links to the appropriate taxonomy. 
Review Flowchart: A chart depicting the review process from submission to acceptance of a library object.
Review Form (Demo) A sample of the review form used by discipline editors.
Review Process Summary: A summary of the review process, including images.

 

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0002935 and Grant No. 0333628. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

 
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