Labor releases free e-learning app

The Labor Department is offering agencies a free version of an application it created to build multimedia training sessions.

EZ Reusable Objects will let agencies build Web-based e-learning courses, said Peter Gallagher, president of Development InfoStructure. The Arlington, Va., IT consulting firm helped Labor build the application.

EZRO is an example of the resource-sharing model of how companies, agencies and the open-source software community can collaborate and build apps, Gallagher said today at FOSE 2004 in Washington.

The app complies with Section 508 access requirements and is built on the Defense Department's Sharable Content Object Reference Model. SCORM uses the Extensible Markup Language to tag multimedia elements, such as images and sound files, in a standard way so they can be reused across different multimedia applications.

Labor and Development InfoStructure used a number of open-source programs, such as the Zope content management system, Apache Web Server software and Python scripting language.

The department originally built the app to improve its in-house training programs. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration uses it now to build training tools for its Workplace Violence Public Site. The Military Spouse Resource Center, a joint Labor and Defense Department initiative, also uses the application for creating services on its Web site.

Development InfoStructure began making EZRO available in January under a Gnu General Public License, which allows free distribution. To download the app, go the InfoStructure Web site.

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Joab Jackson is the senior technology editor for Government Computer News.

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