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Nancy White

From Eyebeam OpenLab comes and open source idea for making a cover for those glare-y compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs) we are all installing to save energy. Hopefully the open source values continue past their participation in Eyebeam work.

Rethinking conferences

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

It’s a BarCamp, the Open Source Version of a Conference. Giving a presentation is open to anyone, and encouraged! Response 31 high-quality participants with buying authority. Response 27 cut down on opening addresses of powerful, but boring speakers.

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Is the Blockchain Now Reaching a Tipping Point?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The Blockchain is one of the technologies in this year’s list, selected by the WEF panel of global experts because of its emerging potential to fundamentally change the way markets and governments work. . But while most ledgers are now digital, their underlying structure has not changed.

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The President’s Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Not surprisingly, change comes slowly to such a complex ecosystem. The Internet changed all that. Everyone was using the same standards, including open source implementations of key protocols.

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On cryptocurrencies, blockchain and all that

Doc Searls

It was released as open-source software in 2009. “A cryptocurrency system is a network that utilizes cryptography to secure transactions in a verifiable database that cannot be changed without being noticed.”

Tetrads

Harold Jarche

For example, I looked at the emerging practice of commons-based peer production , such as open source software projects, with this perspective and saw that this democratization of work: Extends each individual’s reach worldwide.

We are more than what we eat

Doc Searls

Eating isn’t a bad metaphor for what we do with the products we buy. Writing is production, not consumption. Here’s what I wrote for my chapter of Open Sources 2.0: If you tell me something I didn’t know before, I am changed by that.

Saving the Internet—and all the commons it makes possible

Doc Searls

As a source of abundance, the Internet’s closest equal is the periodic table. They do that to maximize consumption while minimizing production by those customers. But meanwhile this asymmetrical provisioning prevents production at your end. Sources.

Learning in times of economic meltdown

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

Here are my notes: Massive, disruptive change is underway. This change is fundamental: the network era is replacing the industrial age. Survivors develop and present agendas for change while things are in flux.

The Rise of Vendor Relationship Management

John Hagel

They are able to access more and more information about products and vendors and to more readily switch from one vendor to another in a world of expanding choice.  Most of us think of markets in conventional terms – it is about vendors seeking out customers and persuading them to buy more of their products and services.   Doc observes that these contracts of adhesion “nail down the submissive party while the dominant party is free to change whatever it wants.”

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Plans

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Educational Technology and Change, exploring the topics covered in my Contact North paper of a year ago. Online: I'm generally happy to give talks online, especially if the conferences are free or inexpensive and open, and especially if they're organized by students or non-profit groups. My papers are not (and mostly never will be) the sort of paper where I buy or build some technology and then try it out on a class of students and then study the results.

The revolution brewing in the world of work: Q&A with Rod Collins

Steve Denning

For the last 150 years, the work of large organizations has been about mass production and making centralization effective. This is the remarkable power behind open source platforms.

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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.

Making Software, Making Money

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

And not so far as when he says that open source does not work. I hate to be the one to state the obvious, but: the fact that open source didn't work for Dave Tosh doesn't mean that open source doesn't work. He writes, Having worked on a true open source project for more than three years I am now more convinced than ever that the open source model does not work. LiveJournal, which has been around for ages (and open source, too).

My 25 Years of Ed Tech

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

But it was brilliantly engineered; I learned tons by digging through the source, learning how all the Javascript worked, and adapting it for my own purposes. I also took a massive open email course (MOEC?) MERLOT was started in 1997 and opened up in 2000.

Earth to Mozilla: Come back home

Doc Searls

Some links: IAB Accuses Mozilla of Undermining American Small Business & Consumers’ Control of Their Privacy with Proposed Changes to Firefox . That last item — an extensive bill of particulars — featured this sidebar: The link goes to An Open Letter to the Mozilla Corporation.

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ePublishing business models

David Weinberger

The opening session is on business models for supporting the webification of the educational system. While there are many wonderful things about crowd-sourcing, he says, “I’m in favor of expertise. E.g., that humans are responsible for climate change is not in doubt, should not be presented as if it were in doubt, and should not be crowd-sourced, he says. buy anything. They will continue selling products.

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TTI Vanguard Conference Notes - 7

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Firefox, another really successful open source project. Open sources is a success, we all know that, it's nothing new. But how does open source software development work? Almost every open source project uses peer review. I can see the changes made over time, just like Wikipedia. See the changes, the actual diff. What github does is allow your entire open source development is open? 50,000 changes pushed.

Shifting Identities - From Consumer to Networked Creator

John Hagel

Mass marketing programs were all geared to reinforcing the message that our identity depended on a large home, a big car, lots of state of the art appliances and stylish clothing that changed with each new fashion season. That is all changing now – our identities are shifting in ways that we are only beginning to understand. Many of us felt a deep seated need to achieve our potential, not by buying even more, but by discovering and developing our unique talents. Who are you? 

What Universities Must Learn About Social Networks

Jay Cross

We rely on colleagues and social networks to separate the signal from the noise; their advice makes our experiential learning productive. McKinsey & Company reports that implementing social business creates: Improved business performance (profit, productivity, margins, etc).

[aspen][2b2k] Ideo’s Tim Brown

David Weinberger

Tim Brown of Ideo is opening his Aspen Ideas Festival talk with a slide presentation called “From Newton to Design” He says he’s early in thinking it through. Companies are experimenting with new ways of thinking about their business and products.

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Napster, Udacity, and the Academy

Clay Shirky

Who would listen to an MP3 when they could buy a better-sounding CD at the record store? First, the people running the old system don’t notice the change. And by the time they understand that the world has actually changed, they’ve squandered most of the time they had to adapt. Higher education is now being disrupted; our MP3 is the massive open online course (or MOOC), and our Napster is Udacity, the education startup. Open systems are open.

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Communication Nation: What do you love?

Dave Gray

As individuals and as a species, I believe we will be happier and more productive if we can improve our ability to communicate. Buy Gamestorming at B&N.com Communication Nation Communication is one of the most important skills anyone can have, in business and in life.

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Top 10 eLearning Predictions 2011 #LCBQ

Tony Karrer

Open Educational Resources Matures 4. open up exciting opportunities for people to access relevant information where and when they require it. Convergence of educational institutions to the supply chain of corporate training will change the supplier landscape.

Global Science Excellence in Canada

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Tanya Roussy says we should stop trying to buy talent and instead try to develop it. " An innovative private sector is critical to translate Canada’s high-quality knowledge production into marketable products that bring productivity gains and deliver commercial solutions to various industries." And without this investment, no amount of government intervention can buy an innovation society. Sean Elliott calls on science to buy locally. "If

OER Business Models - A Debate

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

A whole suite of products beyond the textbook. Lisa Petrides - IKSME Our mission is about maximizing all of these open access tools that enable breakthroughs in teaching and learning. The business model is based on helping faculty make the transition from commercial to open textbooks. All the content is CC-licensed content, and the platform is open source as well. It''s very much of a Linux model - the content itself should forever be free and open.

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David Weinberger - Untitled Article

David Weinberger

So, Echo Nest is working on open content API’s. If the artist is comfortable with more open models, Echo Nest makes the content available to developers. On the cultural analysis side, it’s highly customized, uses some open source (SOLR, Lucene), web crawlers. Open API is for noncomercial use. But that will change the model: A user’s interaction with a track on Pandora is worth much less to an artist than the user buying a CD.

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.

Giant Christmas Eve Used Tab Closing Sale

Doc Searls

Evolution Going Great, Reports Trilobite | The Onion – America’s Finest News Source. Product Categories Collectibles – Fybush Media. About the program | Open Technology Fund. adblock plus open source code – Google Search. The Technology of Us on Twitter: "A new era of “vendor relationship management,” where individuals dictate what, where and how they’ll buy – @dsearls.

Propensities

Dave Snowden

A change in the function of a trait is insufficient to constitute exaptation; exaptation involves populations of entities, wehre weal selection pressure allows the transformation of trait function among replicating entities over time. Customer functions see changes over time (baking soda!),

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Sustainability and MOOCs in Historical Perspective

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

We're going to talk about the factors that led to the development of the Massive Open Online Course and Connectivism and the new phenomena in learning today. But, a few preliminaries before I start the talk, because it's all about open education. :) This presentation is available now at that website. I was making some last minute changes during the introductions. One of the things we learned was the tension that exists between open online resources and commercial resources.

Learnings from the Browser Wars

Doc Searls

Heavy with portent, the headlines tromp across the pages (cue the Death Star music — dum dum dum, dum da dum, dum da dummm)… “MICROSOFT TAKES WAR TO THE NET: Software giant plots defensive course based on openness&#. The “veiled threat&# was Bill’s opening laugh line. So is every vendor/developer relationship that ever produced a product or created a market. This is how Microsoft came to change its Internet strategy.

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?”, On June 8, 1999 I released the Open Publication License. Reusable Media, Social Software and Openness in Education.

Business of Learning

Tony Karrer

While increasing amount of concept work and the pace of change puts a premium on learning, the business of learning faces an incredibly difficult time. In the past few weeks, I've had some really eye-opening conversations about the state of Learning as a Business.

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stevenberlinjohnson.com: Games and the iPhone

Steven Berlin Johnson

That would be prettyintense if Apple limited a crucial feature exclusively to users of aMicrosoft product. Thats a whole new industry that Apple has NEVERseriously tried to be competitive in, but the touch and accelerometerhardware/software built into the iPhone means that they are --literally overnight -- the Wii of the handheld gaming market: aplatform where the controller innovation changes all the rules. Apple should buy out BusyMac to enable over-the-air iPhone syncing.

Beyond Institutions Personal Learning in a Networked World

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

As Peter said this is part 2 of a trilogy of talks, I gave the first one yesterday at University of Greenwich on the topic of "Open learning and open educational resources". It''s a world where the content, the nature, and even the means of learning is changing almost on a daily basis.

Beyond Assessment ? Recognizing Achievement in a Networked World

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

I did a talk just downstairs on open content. I did a talk at the London School of Economics on Wednesday about the role of the institution and the changing nature of online learning. This addresses the specific question of assessment in open learning and in informal learning. Is open online learning or the MOOC, the massive open online course, or informal learning in general doing the sort of thing that we need? You have a bunch of open positions.

[berkman] Doc Searls

David Weinberger

VRM is an open source project (although there are some commercial projects underway also). “Personal RFPs&# where a customer sends a query to vendors for bids on things the customer wants to buy. It could also represent an intention to buy, and intention to sell, etc. Or you buy one book and Amazon thinks you’re interested in the category. Q: What about customized fabrication, i.e., making products in response to customer desires.

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Notes from Information Technology Based Higher Education and Training ITHET 2013, Antalya

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

leads to questions about designing learning for the future - reference to the old ''cranking ifo into students'' heads diagram - claims about the future: - work at own time, place, etc - computers will revolutionize learning - along came MOOCs - investment in MOOCs: $100M - will take time but will have a major impact - why things will change.

Why I’m Scared of the SOPA Bill by Jim Fruchterman

Beth Kanter

Ironically, many of these users might buy commercial ebooks, but the anti-piracy technology built into many ebook systems are not compatible with the technology these users employ to get the books in Braille or synthetic speech. Flickr Photo by DonkeyHotey.

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What Not To Build

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

As a result, a large part of my work involves being exposed to new and interesting technologies, whether they are the latest military simulators, academic papers delivered at scientific conferences, or product proposals being promoted by aspiring developers. Don't ask me what companies are developing what products, how industry stocks are performing, or where all the 'smart money' is going. Nobody will be fooled well, except maybe purchasers of fad educational products.

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CN1376 AcadMOOC

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

8:04 pm Stephen Downes MOOC = ''Massive Open Online Course'', cMOOC = ''connectivist MOOC'', xMOOC = ''eXtended MOOC'' 8:04 pm WILLIAM A. And they''re open. says the site is not open to new registrations. ??? 9:07 pm Stephen Downes OK, archive is openly posted here: [link

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Doc Searls Weblog · Still at Newspapers 1.x

Doc Searls

But please, open up the archives. If you open the archives, and make them crawlable by search engine spiders, your authority in your commmunity will increase immeasurably. Plus, you’ll open all that inventory to advertising possibilities.

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