The development of large-scale networked resource and virtual repository initiatives in Canada from 1995 to 2005 is interwoven with the availability of new communications technologies, the role of government sponsorship, and the commitment of various Canadian organizations to extend virtual resources development in Canada and internationally. This article provides an overview of key networked resource projects in Canada and addresses major challenges to developing large-scale networked resources in a vast and diverse country.
Key Terms in this Chapter
Broadband: Broadband refers to Internet connection speeds greater than narrowband connection speed of 56kbs.
Network society: A network society is a conception of society based on advanced networking capability to support anytime, anywhere, life-long engagement where all members of society have access to high-quality content.
Learning Object Repositories: Learning object repositories are digital resources for educational and training purposes within a structure accessible through a computer network.
Virtual Objects: Virtual objects are reusable digital assets that can be employed to advance user interests and needs.
Learning Objects: Learning objects are reusable digital assets that can be employed to advance teaching and learning.
E-Networks: E-networks are a group of organizations (including virtual organizations) with shared digital resource capacities interconnected through a broadband computer network.
Virtual Repositories: Digital resources within a structure accessible through a computer network new communications technology.