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Jisc, the ICT education quango, has announced that it will take part in a project to find how the social media technology behind Twitter and Facebook can be used to capture educational content and then be fed to users and publishers.

The organisation will be working on the 10-month project with the Learning Registry, an open-source technical system designed to facilitate the exchange of data funded by the US Department of Education and the US Department of Defence, and the Higher Education Academy.

It claimed that the project will give it a much clearer view of the potential of using social media and that there will be a rich dataset of content available for future education services.

Amber Thomas, Jisc programme manager, said: "This international collaboration will see us contributing the UK's expertise to the Learning Registry. We are working with Mimas1 and Jisc CETIS2 to support the registry's vision of gathering together the conversations, ratings, recommendations and usage data around digital content.

"We know that users and providers want access to more information about how educational content is used by others and this is an innovative approach to meeting that need."

This article was originally published at Guardian Government Computing.

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