[nextweb] The Open Source Bank of Brewster

David Weinberger

Libraries are starting to throw away books at a velocity.” Brewster wants to show us how to build on free and open software. Stahlman tried to keep the open code feature-compatible, but it couldn’t be done. Open Source doesn’t work well there. They give away their product, and they use a community structure under 501c(3) so that it can’t be bought. “It pulls it out of the market, like stamping software as Open Source.”

Sueetie -.NET Open Source Online Community Development

Nancy White

My Vermont buddie, Dave Burke , was tantalizing me last September with the kit of open source.net tools he was blending into a community platform. Sueetie: The Future in.NET Open Source Online Community Development - Home Page. I also enjoyed the Manifesto: Sueetie is a movement that promotes the creation of online communities using.NET Open Source software. Sueetie developers write original code or leverage code from Open Source resources.


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Building a Solid Library of Use Cases

Luis Suarez

and Social Computing Guidelines and why you would still need them ) I guess it’s now a good time to talk further along about the next pillar in the framework: Building a Solid Library of Use Cases. . That’s why the third pillar of the Social Business Adaptation Framework I keep using all the time has always been about building a solid library of use cases. Connect, share, collaborate, innovate AND learn out in the open, transparent and public to everyone.

[templelib] James Neal, Columbia University

David Weinberger

Jim knows 26 things about libraries, he tells us. [ The library community has to be at the table. Build the digital library. MOOCS cannot be successful without libraries at the table.”. Advance open source, open standards, open archives, open linking, open knowledge, Open Access. Develop new markets and products. Rethink library space planning. We have to radicalize library sharing, moving beyond Kumbiyah.

[siu] Panel: Capturing the research lifecycle

David Weinberger

Six men from six companies give brief overviews of their products. Center for Open Science , which sounds great. [ ” This can easily double R&D productivity “because you stop missing those false negatives.” Open source communities are better at collaborating than most academic research communities are. The principles of open source can be applied to private projects as well.

e-Clippings (Learning As Art): Tell me your latest/greatest books on learning.

Mark Oehlert

Even worse, I like bookstores better than I like libraries because I like to write in my books as I read and dog-ear pages and in general, rough them up a bit as I read them. Any analytical thinking from reading helps keep the mind agile and open to discovery of the answers sought. Norman is completing his journey from functional design to enlightening design to feelings about design and now to how people and machines will be able to form productive relationships.

Knowledge is the network

David Weinberger

On the other hand, this morning Antonio, who is doing some work for the Library Innovation Lab this summer, poked his head in and pointed us to a jquery -like data visualization library. So, global software productivity just notched up. Without the “show source&# button on browsers, the ability to create HTML pages would have been left in the hands of HTML Professionals. I forked yesterday for the first time. I’m pretty thrilled.

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.

[2b2k][eim]Digital curation

David Weinberger

This is not a regulatory group; everything will be open source, and progress will be through rough consensus. He points to the opportunities presented by aggregated Big Data: the effects on social science, on libraries, etc. Michael Stebbins, Assistant Director for Biotechnology in the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the White House, talked about the Administration’s enthusiasm for Big Data and open access.

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How a Hosted LMS Promotes Online Corporate Learning


These include open-source, proprietary, cloud-based, and fully hosted. Putting together content for courses – Some hosted learning management systems have a built-in course content library. A course content library makes essential tasks simple for administrators. The purpose of this training is to help workers become more skilled and productive. Did you know that a hosted LMS promotes online learning in corporate settings? It’s true.

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. The Internet was designed to support infinite production by anybody of anything. Which do you think matters more to a potential employer of programmers—a degree in computer science or a short but productive track record?

Evaluation of CL/4291 “Draft text of the Recommendation concerning Open Educational Resources”, UNESCO

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

This is the analysis of the UNESCO OER resolution I provided to the Canadian Commission for UNESCO prior to the discussion and vote on the resolution concerning Open Educational Resources It is now a matter of historical record that the resolution did pass. Evaluation of CL/4291 “Draft text of the Recommendation concerning Open Educational Resources”, UNESCO. Many of these practices are embodied in the concept of ‘open pedagogy’.

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. Open Education Resources Alongside the development of educational technologies is an equally important movement to support open educational resources. This movement predates the development of the world wide web in 1994, as seen for example in the Gutenberg Project, an open access archive of public domain works of classic literature.

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. We build tools, develop capacity, support the OER Commons library, etc. 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.

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eLearning Conferences 2013

Tony Karrer

link] December 3-14, 2012 Open Content Licensing for Educators (#OCL4Ed), organized by the OER Foundation, offered online. link] December 4-6, 2012 International Symposium on Open, Distance, and e-Learning (ISODEL), Bali, Indonesia. link] December 12, 2012 Care and Preservation of Audiovisual Collections , organized by the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts (CCAHA), Rosenbach Museum and Library, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Clayton R.

Beyond the iPad

Doc Searls

We should expect other hardware companies to launch pads running on open source operating systems, especially Android and Symbian. Then you can go to Costco, the tire store, and the university library and do the same. Android, Symbian, Linux and other open OSes, with the open hardware they support, work horizonally. What about using a tablet as a production device, and not just an instrument of consumption?

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My 25 Years of Ed Tech

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

I also needed to prove that the web could be used for online learning, so I took a guide I had created for my Grande Prairie students, Stephen's Guide to the Logical Fallacies , and published it on my website, openly licensed, free for all to use (the license was based on similar open licensing I had seen in the MUD community). 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.

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

Beth Kanter

Stopping fund raising and subscription revenue for Bookshare, the largest online library for people who have print disabilities. Bookshare is an online library for people who can’t read standard print books. Because that’s a lawsuit they are unlikely to win, and it would be a professional error to waste their client’s money attacking a library doing legal things. Flickr Photo by DonkeyHotey.

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Presentation to UNCTAD's Advisory Group on "Developing skills, knowledge and capacities through innovation: E-Learning, M-Learning, cloud-Learning"

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Massive Open Online Course The Massive Open Online Course, or MOOC, is a bit of a reaction to this. Very briefly, what I mean by a Massive Open Online Course, is a course that satisfies each of those four terms. By open , I mean, open across many dimensions. Open, not in the sense of anybody can enroll, but open, in the sense of the content is free and open to use, to reuse, and there aren''t limits on the use of the course materials.

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Global Science Excellence in Canada

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

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 the Forest Products Association of Canada argues "greater federal support in research and development would help maximize engagement in the forest sector’s innovation agenda." Nathalie Mousseau argues for investment in scientific and research libraries.

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. You may in certain sense think of this talk, together with the other talks, as a rebuttal to the way institutions are approaching Massive Open Online Courses and open learning generally today. Even the defenders of open content say, "Oh, you''re way over. Especially the most important part: open.

Workshop on Mass Collaboration - Day One

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Recent mass phenomena: Wikipedia, tagging, blogging, Scratch, massive open online courses and connectivism, citizen science, maker-space Who is creating these? But we need frames of reference on MOOCs: many of them are looked at by econonomic (scale, productivity, cost) and technology perspectives. So - what are the open issues. - So the most productive activity took place at the middle level. This created productive heterogeneity.

Participatory Governance

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The Foundation is interested in understanding how digital media tools – which enable new forms of knowledge production, distribution, social networking and collaboration – might influence citizen engagement, political activity and democratic participation." I was asked to make some opening remarks as a way to frame the dialogue. The open source community responsible for the development and support of Linux represents one of the most innovative organizational models around.

Learning = getting the job done

Jay Cross

Twelve national Toyota training entities were trying to offer relevant and timely product information to roughly 17,000 sales professionals and managers. WordPress, an open-source blogging platform, is quickly evolving into a leading solution for organizations to consider, because of its minimal cost, ease-of-use, and open architecture. The key is single-source learning. DevLearn marked a significant shift in the field of corporate learning.

The Future of Online Learning: Ten Years On

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Probably the most notable of the specialized computers, the iPod, has become one of the most popular consumer products of all time. Digital cameras have essentially replaced traditional cameras; Polaroid is ceasing production of instant film in 2009. Dignan, 2008) Microsoft needs to virtualize Windows, to create versions tailored to different devices, simplifying the operating system providing a similar user experience across a wide range of products.

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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[berkman] Doc Searls

David Weinberger

VRM is an open source project (although there are some commercial projects underway also). Identities are given to us by other corporations: what the DMV, the library, Visa (etc) tell us who we are. Q: What about customized fabrication, i.e., making products in response to customer desires. Doc Searls is giving a Berkman lunch called “The Intention Economy.&# [ Note: I'm live-blogging, missing points, paraphrasing badly, making spellping errors, etc.

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Live blogging Studio 20?s Open Studio at NYU

Doc Searls

Open Studio was the name of the event. PDP 1) Platform 2) Open Source Tools 3) Photo/Video/Audio Editing software 4) Data Visualizations. TimelineJS, GeoJSON, D3 Libraries… Not all stories are profoundly digital. Much higher than industry average open rates. Key: production process that takes multiple platform into account simultaneously. Headed toward lots of pay products. Already has comfort with many Web products.

Think anew, Act anew: Scenario Planning

Dave Snowden

Its also worth noting that the evidence for the success of scenario planning is largely anecdotal, and the anecdotes are from restricted sources in the main Shell. I have seen excellent cases where a scenario planning session can open people up to new possibilities, sensing that a different future is possible from the current imaginings of fear that can haunt people in difficult circumstances. The greatest loss of time is delay and expectation, which depend upon the future.

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Last Year's Predictions For 2008, Reviewed

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Predicted: The "middle path"—proprietary lock-in services, like Vista, iTunes, Facebook, and Second Life, will be abandoned for more open commercial alternatives rather than free and open source software and content. Personal networks" will be created by individuals to manage and share their contacts and information sources; people will "peer" into each others' networks or subscribe to filtered versions of each others' network feeds.

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How to Get the Most out of a Conference

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

The second time at a conference (or at a venue) is always more productive than the first. Test your proposal with your colleagues (I don't recommend putting them online ahead of the selection process because it may impede the process - I personally prefer openness but many conference organizers do not, and may react badly). If they are welcoming, they will look at you as they speak, to include you in the conversation, and may open their stance so the group circle now includes you.

e-Clippings (Learning As Art): A Collection of Top Ten Lists / Predictions Posts (feel free to add your own!)

Mark Oehlert

The 10 best downloads of 2007 2007 Edublog Award Winners and of course, Stephen Downes Not the eduBlog Award Winners List The Top Inventions Of 2008 Highlight: "By the end of 2008 the Project Gutenberg Library will be as large -- or larger--than the average United States Public Library." At some point next year, I suppose I’m going to need to drink the Apple Kool-Aid, and hope the increased productivity is worth the sack to my identity as a PC guy."

e-Clippings (Learning As Art): Soapbox for the Day: Academic Journals like Field Methods, that dont support things like access to their content

Mark Oehlert

eLearning Guilds Summer Seminar Series | Main | Off Topic: Lets look at this at this as a chance to learn about oil » June 19, 2008 Soapbox for the Day: Academic Journals like Field Methods, that dont support things like access to their content Honest to goodness, someone please respond to me so we can have an open conversation about this. Have you researched Open Access Journals and found that model to be wanting?

Selling an Idea

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

And so we've seen the emergence and wild popularity of things like open source, like Creative Commons, like podcasting, like Web 2.0. Product, if you actually have a product or the skill to make one. Unless you already have a deal with a publisher (who will do the marketing you need to get this kind of sales - because that's the only way to do it) you may as well give the book away for free, hope to get a little income from library orders , and focus on other things.

e-Clippings (Learning As Art): Two Very Different Views of Publishing (heres a hint.I think one is WAY wrong!)

Mark Oehlert

Darnton goes on to say; "Commercial publishers have raised the price of periodicals, especiallyin the natural sciences, to such a height that they have created havocin the budgets of research libraries. In order to maintain theircollections of periodicals, libraries have cut back drastically in thepurchases of monographs. e-Clippings (Learning As Art) Home Archives Subscribe About My Social Networks « Did You Know: knol = a unit of knowledge?

e-Clippings (Learning As Art): Vintage Tech Predictions - Some eerily right.

Mark Oehlert

" Here are a couple focused on learning: "Most of this study is in the form of programmed TV courses, which canbe rented or borrowed from tape _ * libraries. Slow learners orpeople struck with forgetful-ness are given pills which increase theproduction of enzymes controlling production of the chemicals known tocontrol learning and memory.

Open Content, Enclosure and Conversion

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Indeed, one of the challenges is to arrive at a definition of an open license that allows for such agreement. I say 'definition of an open license' because I now believe that it is possible to arrive at one. Access to the source code is a precondition for this. Access to the source code is a precondition for this. the content, for any purpose, one in which the source (or encoding) of the content is accessible (ie.,

Free Learning and Control Learning: On the So-Called Failure of Constructivist, Discovery, Problem-Based, Experiential, and Inquiry-Based Teaching

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

The role of the teacher in this model is to practice one’s work in an open manner. This has been a challenge, I think, for pretty much all of society, but the idea here is that instead of doing your work in secret in back rooms without being open about what you do, you do your work in an open and transparent manner so that people can see what you’re doing. These are technologies that make it possible for a person to practice their discipline in an open manner.

Irving Wladawsky-Berger: Moving On

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Over and over, IBM has provided me with opportunities to indulge this love of mine, from mainframes and supercomputers to the Internet, open source and grid computing. I cannot say enough about the inspiration I have gotten by interacting closely with so many of our clients, learning about their problems, how they use our products, what works well and what does not. My hope is that you will continue your observations, continue to open our minds to the potential.

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.

e-Clippings (Learning As Art): EduPunk? Please tell me this is the start and not the end

Mark Oehlert

Im also opposed to the conflation of ISD with anything that has to dowith learning instead of being honest about what something like ADDIEis - a production model not a design process. Lets also agree to not act like were not all part of the "market" ,that is unless any of us are logging onto the Internet at the public library and then heading back to the commune for a quick dinner of organic, free range tofu.

Ethical Codes and Learning Analytics

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

And, as he notes, ““There is one and only one social responsibility of business – to use it[s]resources and engage in activities designed to increase its profits so long as it stays within the rules of the game, which is to say, engages in open and free competition.” Descriptive Analytics Descriptive analytics include analytics focused on description, detection and reporting, including mechanisms to pull data from multiple sources, filter it, and combine it.