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Using Dublin Core in educational material: some practical considerations based on the EASEL experienceAccess to educational material has become an important issue for many stakeholders and the focus of many projects worldwide. Resource discovery in many educational gateways is usually based on metadata and this is the area of many important developments. Resource metadata has a central role in the management of educational material and as a result there are several important metadata standards in use in the educational domain. One of the most widely used general metadata standards for learning material is the Dublin Core Metadata Element Set. The application of this general purpose, metadata standard for complex and heterogeneous educational material is not straightforward. This paper will give an overview of some practical issues and necessary steps in deploying Dublin Core based on the LITC experience in EASEL (Educators Access to Services in the Electronic Landscape)project.