Towards the end of 2006 the JISC CETIS Metadata & Digital Repository and Assessment SIGs, with support from the JISC Digital Repositories Programme, held a joint meeting to discuss the overlap of Assessment Item Banks (collections of question and test material) and Repositories. The consensus of the meeting was that item banks can to a large extent be conceived as specialized repositories for a particular type of resource, and that established best practice in repository interoperability could be beneficially applied to item banks.
Following the meeting, and also with JISC DRP support, we commissioned two papers: one to describe technical aspects of item bank repositories, the other to describe the requirements from the organizational / user's point of view. We also wrote a short briefing paper on the topic. These publications are available online:
If would like to discuss any of the issues raised in these papers, you may post to either or both of the JISC CETIS Assessment and Metadata and Digital Repository JISCMail lists. --Philb 09:54, 4 June 2007 (BST)