Harvard Library adopts LibraryCloud

David Weinberger

To the Harvard community and beyond, LibraryCloud provides open APIs to access tons of metadata gathered by Harvard Library. With the help of the Harvard Library Innovation Lab , which I co-directed until a few months ago, we invited in local libraries and had a great conversation about what could be done if there were an open API to metadata from multiple libraries. It’s open source code [ documentation ].

Is Blockchain Ready to “Cross the Chasm”? Lessons from the Internet

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Earlier this year, IBM conducted the largest study to date on the state of adoption of blockchain. With such technologies, you typically have a relatively small number of early adopters. The Internet’s early adopters arrived in two phases.

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[berkman] Karim Lakhani on disclosure policies and innovation

David Weinberger

Karim Lakhani of Harvard Business School (and a Berkman associate, and a member of the Harvard Institute for Quantititative Social Science ) is giving a talk called “How disclosure policies impact search in open innovation, atopic he has researched with Kevin Boudreau of the London Business School. E.g., open source software. E.g., Open Science tends to publish when near done, while Open Source tends to be more iterative.

On the Governance of Blockchain: Lessons from the Internet

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Then in the 1990s, the open Internet protocol, - TCP/IP , - was widely embraced by the general IT marketplace, making it possible to interconnect systems and applications from any vendors.

a new business ideology

Harold Jarche

Intangible knowledge exchanges include strategic information, planning knowledge, process knowledge, technical know-how, collaborative design, policy development, etc., Businesses that are open, transparent, and cooperative are more resilient because they rely on people, not processes.

Beyond Free ? Open Learning in a Networked World

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

I want to talk to you about the concept of free, the concept of open learning, the concept of networked learning in a networked world and the concept of the institution. I''m one of the people that had a significant hand in designing the original concept of the Massive Open Online Course.

Open, Collaborative Trust Frameworks

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

ID³ , - the Institute for Institutional Innovation by Data Driven Design, - is a new multidisciplinary non-profit institution formed to develop architectural frameworks, open source software and educational content for the protection, sharing and monetization of sensitive data. Regulatory and policy practices cannot possibly keep pace with technological change. Not long ago, such open, community-based initiatives were considered pretty revolutionary.

Open Education, MOOCs, and Opportunities

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

These were designed originally by organizations such as the Open University, in Britain, and Canada''s Athabasca University. Major LMS companies such as WebCT, Blackboard, Angel, Saba and Desire2Learn all adopted standards originally developed by IMS. Open Education Resources Alongside the development of educational technologies is an equally important movement to support open educational resources. This is a firearms training system used by military and policy.

A grain of sand: Innovation diffusion

Dave Snowden

Remember Goodhart's Law - any statistical instrument used for policy looses all value, or loosely translated the minute a measure becomes a target it ceases to be a measure. What principles should we adopt. All methods are open source and there is other material to explore on the site.

Places and People that Use The No Asshole Rule

Bob Sutton

Sterling wrote me, after “stumbling” on The No Asshole Rule that: ‘This is a principle that I was told about early in my career as "Never do business with an Asshole," and which we have since adopted.

The OER Debate, In Full

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Day One Debate introduction Moderator Wayne Mackintosh The concept of Open Education Resources (OER) is firmly based on the educational value of sharing knowledge. A key issue in the open education arena is whether OER should favour commercial use. DayTwo Pro Opening statement David Wiley The question of this debate, “Should OER favour commercial use?”, After a few months, however, I became concerned because adoption of the license wasn’t great.

Web 2.0 Applications in Learning

Tony Karrer

Existing Adoption At the very start I asked the audience for examples of where they were currently using these tools as part of learning solutions. I discussed the fact that there was a common Adoption Pattern that went from personal adoption to work groups to organization. So while the session focused on organizational adoption, it likely was the case that you should look for targeted adoption opportunities. Then, maybe open it up to subject matter experts.

Is it too late to save the Net from the carriers?

Doc Searls

Both pieces are in Wired , which is clearly on our side with this thing — especially since, if Marvin is right, Wired might someday need to pay the carriers for privileged carriage on what used to be the free and open (aka “neutral”) Internet.

[berkman] Yochai Benkler on his new book

David Weinberger

” The former 70% opened cooperatively and kept cooperating through the 7 rounds. The latter opened at 30% cooperative. Community policing has been widely adopted because it’s generally successful. E.g., the person who can work with Open Source at, say, IBM, is different than the person who can work her/his way up a hierarchy; the company therefore has to train itself to value those who cooperate. Look at university open access publication.

[dpla] second session

David Weinberger

We agree on interoperability and open metadata. She encourages us to adopt the Europeana Data Model. Share our source code. We need open access to metadata. Ten million books are available from a commercial source, and 2M that are public (at OpenLibrary.org). Laughter] But DPLA can improve on Europeana with open data, Open Source, Open Licensing. Aggregating content as an trusted source.

Four Conclusions on OERs

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Who are we trying to convince to adopt OER? There are two possible answers: - faculty - faculty, and other people Wiley says, "When I use the words “adopt OER,” I mean a faculty member choosing to replace whatever appeared in the Required Materials section of their syllabus last term with OER this term." Wiley is free to focus exclusively on adoption by faculty. He should perhaps allow the wider community to define what it means to say "adopt OER".

An opportunity for the AP

Doc Searls

You can read about it in “ Associated Press to build news registry to protect content “, a press release that manages to half-conceal some constructive open source possibilities within a pile of prose that seems mostly to be about locking down content and tracking down violators of AP usage policies. And adopt. It helps to recognize that the Associated Press is exactly what its name denotes: an association of presses. Specifically, newspapers.

Open Learning, Open Networks

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Open online learning entered the mainstream with the growth and popularity of MOOCs, but while interest in open online courses has never been greater MOOCs represent only the first step in a broader open learning infrastructure. Preliminaries: Openness Downtown Syracuse.

A Labor Day Manifesto for a New World

John Hagel

  Some have adopted the label of pro-amateurs (or “pro-ams”), popularized by Charles Leadbeater, but this label typically refers to amateurs who adopt and pursue professional standards in their pursuit of their passion.    It is being driven by long-term changes in our technology and public policy infrastructures. Performance pressures will continue to mount, driven by the broad deployment of new technology and public policy infrastructures.

Global Science Excellence in Canada

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PDF) writes "Overly restrictive communications policies imposed by the previous government muzzled government science" and "research staff of the National Research Council (NRC), have seen their inventiveness blunted through the imposition of poor project management and the loss of independence." Ron Rogge advocates for constancy in government policy. Consider openness, for example.

The Future of Online Learning: Ten Years On

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

and Apple or from specialized content sources such as national Geographic. Oehlert, 2006) Ands we can see learning management systems such as Desire2Learn adopt the same approach to design, creating personalized course home pages out of a set of associated widgets. People want to use tools that look and feel like tools they’ve always used, and will tend to adopt tools only if they see a clear benefit either in productivity or in savings.

[liveblog] International Conf. of Univ. Libs: Morning talks

David Weinberger

We have to better understand and promote Open Access. Publishing is expensive, leading to more emphasis on Open Access. The adoption rates are accelerating. Fernando covers the the concept of openness, which he sees as a cultural change. Open Source. Open Hardware. Open Education. Open Data. Open Science. (We We just had the 8th worldwide Open Access Week, he reminds us.). Open Access, Open Data offer free services.

TTI Vanguard Conference Notes - 3

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Discussion of Microsoft vis-a-vis Facebook, whether people use Sharepoint, its relation to open source, etc.) Brian Behlendorf, Apache Software Foundation Peer Production and Public Policy Talking about trying to encourage government and the private sector to work together to solve some of the big problems of the world. Obama's open government initiative memo - order to make government more transparent, participatory and collaborative.

Learning in times of economic meltdown

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

The challenge for organizations is to use smart delivery, to replace classes with technology, to embrace open source, and perhaps to adopt a software-as-a-service model. At Online Educa Berlin last month, I hosted a small discussion on Learning in Times of Economic Meltdown.

[berkman] Piracy in developing countries

David Weinberger

The structure of policymaking: The primary role of the RIAA is to filter info about piracy into the US Trade Representatives and other policy-making organizations, through the IIPA. He shows a chart of the structure of policy-making organizations, with industry associations feeding into the IIPA, which hands them off to the USTR, which then passes them through 85% of the time. What’s the source of open source platforms here?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger: GIO 3.0 - The 2007 Global Innovation Outlook

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

However, in an increasingly open, collaborative, multi-disciplinary, global, - and unpredictable world, this is clearly no longer enough. Young people are often the leading-edge adopters of new ideas, and this has accelerated in the last decade.

Platform for the Revolution

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

But in any case, numerous solutions and policy points have been advocated. People working against this have proposed reforms such as those adopted by Chile, while slow down this global movement of money. Consider how even simple measures, such as the adoption of open source by governments in Brazil and Peru have been countered by commercial software companies and their governments.


Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

In response to a discussion list post, in which I called IEEE's policy of charging fees for standards a 'scam'. I am aware of the discussion on this list and elsewhere about the open publication of IEEE documents. I am also well aware of the many and nuanced versions of 'open' - including those definitions of 'open' floated by corporate interests in order to obfuscate the discussion. However, open publishing is a bit different from open source.

Cyberlearning (ahem)

Clark Quinn

Society has a vested interest in an open playing field. Adopt programs and policies to promote open educational resources. Open API’s, open source, and open education. They’re talking about materials generated with NSF funds, but even materials used as part of NSF projects should err on the side of open materials. A high-powered panel assembled by the NSF has reported on The Cyberlearning Opportunity and Challenge.

Why do we care about some things and not others? | Daniel Pink

Dan Pink

I think that the characteristics above make it a more adoptable community event, but there was a trigger somewhere that allowed the tournament to snowball into a community blockbuster event. It’s an open-source volleyball tournament, occasioned by the holidays. Dan Pink.

How Beautiful it is, and How Easily it can be Broken : Andrew McAfee’s Blog

Andy McAfee

I spent much of our interview asking them how they were able to achieve their successes, and what accounted for the broad and deep adoption of 2.0 Luckily, almost every time this concern comes up there’s an executive in the room who’s adopted 2.0 It’s a little bit highfalutin for a blog post about software adoption, but I don’t care. amount of collaboration during the event was an eye-opener for me, and made this unlike many other conferences.

[berkman] John Wilbanks on making science generative

David Weinberger

To open up data, you need incentives and infrastructure if you’re going to make it useful to others. To open up tools, we’re talking about physical stuff, e.g., recombinant DNA. “The resistance is almost fractal,&# he says, at each level of opening up these materials. We need an open system, including a registry, in part because that’s the most responsive way to respond to bad genes made by bad people. A: Making data legally open is easy.

The Enterprise 2.0 Recovery Plan

Andy McAfee

They do require users to adopt a particular philosophy about sharing information and interacting with each other, and this philosophy can seem strange at first. 4) There be few initial rules or policy statements beyond ‘use your judgment’ and ‘highlight any behavior you find inappropriate.’ For this project to succeed, we are going to need wide and rapid adoption across the entire corporation.

Three Mantras

Andy McAfee

Because management academics have been studying open source software communities for a while now, I stopped being surprised a few years back when I heard about technically-oriented young men (nerds) around the world organizing themselves to write complex pieces of code. As the hypothetical meeting that opened this post indicates, very few people were anticipating this flowering of digital community spirit; I know I wasn’t.

What Is Left?

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

And it leaves the left open to a straw man attack, that it is not concerned with the rights of the individual, which is simply false. When the right adopted the mechanism of the democratic vote (supplanted by influence-generating systems to sway voters) the left also adopted the mechanisms of political parties and propaganda. It is not simply the case that 'the results matter', because without process, getting the right results is a matter of luck, not policy.