The Augmented Reality (AR) promises to provide significant boosts in operational efficiency by making information available to employees needing task support in context in real time. At this time, however there is no general purpose conceptual model and data model specification for representing activities (also known as employee tasks and procedures) and the environment in which these tasks are performed (also known as the workplace).

The purpose of the ARLEM (IEEE P1589) working group of the IEEE standards association is to develop an overarching integrated conceptual model that describes interactions between the physical world, the user and digital information, the context for AR-assisted learning and other parameters of the environment.

Furthermore, the working group will define the required data models, modeling languages and their bindings to chosen representation formats (e.g. XML, JSON).

The development of one or more standards and corresponding interoperability specifications will open the market, adding interchangeable component products as alternatives to monolithic Augmented Reality-assisted learning systems. Moreover, it will enable the creation of experience repositories and online marketplaces for Augmented Reality-enabled learning content.

Specific attention will be paid to supporting reuse and re-purposing of existing learning content and to cater to ‘mixed’ experiences combining real-world learner guidance with the consumption (or production) of traditional contents such as instructional video material or learning apps and widgets.

ARLEM is an open group, anyone can join.