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NewsML Aims For the Mainstream

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Daithí Ó hAnluain: NewsML Aims For the Mainstream, Online Journalism Review Online Journalism review May 8, 2006
NewsML is an XML format designed for news articles. It is similar to RSS, but also includes a detailed vocabulary for categorizing news stories. This article describes the progress (or lack of same) of NewsML as a new version, 2.0, is about to be released. Readers should note the parallels between NewsML and Learning Object Metadata (LOM). Most of the discussion concerns the complexity of the standard. More...

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Why Reading Matters Even More in the Digital Age

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Clare Brett: Why Reading Matters Even More in the Digital Age, May 8, 2006
The latter half of this paper, dealing with the educational uses of weblogs and wikis, will be familiar to most readers of this newsletter. Leading into that material, though, is a nice description of the new literacies required by online readers. More...

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Ontario Blogs Put Up

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Wesley Fryer: Ontario Blogs Put Up, Moving at the Speed of Creativity May 8, 2006
The Ontario edublogosphere moves forward. This item describes 'Ontario Blogs', "an online publishing project, coordinated by the Education Network of Ontario, where writers and readers can interact in a controlled environment. Students write articles and submit them online to the teacher for publication in the project blog. More...

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CIPPIC Study Shows Widespread Violation of Privacy Laws

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Press Release: CIPPIC Study Shows Widespread Violation of Privacy Laws, CIPPIC May 8, 2006
This should be no surprise. A recently released report shows "widespread non-compliance with federal laws requiring openness, accountability, consent, and individual access to personal data." A companion report describes "the many ways that detailed personal information about consumers is gathered and traded in the marketplace." Something to keep in mind the next time they talk about the ethics of their customers. More...

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This Machine Kills Fascists

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Christopher D. Sessums[Edit][Delete]: This Machine Kills Fascists, Christopher D. Sessums : Weblog [Edit][Delete] May 8, 2006

We are the music-makers,
And we are the dreamers of dreams,
Wandering by lone sea-breakers,
And sitting by desolate streams.
World-losers and world-forsakers,
Upon whom the pale moon gleams;
Yet we are the movers and shakers,
Of the world forever, it seems.

Yes, I am officially back from my hiatus; thanks to those of you who have posted welcomes. Rob Wall kindly says "Given the hysteria around web based e-mail accounts, MySpace and other threats to the educational orthodoxy, the timing couldn't be better." And I do want to make a difference regarding these and other issues. More...

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Synthesizing Social Software: Working the Wide Web

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Christopher D. Sessums: Synthesizing Social Software: Working the Wide Web, Christopher D. Sessums : Weblog May 5, 2006
Nice overview exploring the nature of social software. "Social software can be viewed in several important ways: as a medium or channel that supports an exchange, a tool for accomplishing particular tasks, or an ecology where people, practices, and values connect, interact, and evolve." Also significant, and not overlooked by the author, is that social software consists not of a single application, but rather, of a range of applications, including wikis, blogs, suprglu, and more, thus offering the user a choice of which application to use in a given context. More...

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Weblogs in the Classroom

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Various authors: Weblogs in the Classroom, Department of Education and Training Western Australia May 5, 2006
Just exploring. I was following up some commentary on Christopher Sessums's piece (see below) by Mark Berthelemy, who in turn linked to an item on reflective writing by Jo McLeay. Added her to my aggregator. He also linked to JOH Blogs, which doesn't appear to have an RSS feed, which is too bad. More...

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Skypecasting Is Here

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Luigi Canali De Rossi[Edit][Delete]: Skypecasting Is Here, Robin Good [Edit][Delete] May 4, 2006
Useful and comprehensive summary, based on user testing, of Skype's new conferencing system, Skypecasts. In a nutshell, the system allows you to broadcast an audio conference to up to a hundred people for free; you can allow everyone to talk at once, or you can mute the audience and give the microphone to one person at a time. More...

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Fear and Loathing on the Internet

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Tim Stahmer: Fear and Loathing on the Internet, Assorted Stuff  May 4, 2006
"User-generated content is very difficult to manage and control." This assessment comes in the midst of a user rebellion at YouTube against increased censorship and control. Tim Stahmer argues, "These fears revolve around the uncertainty that arises when high powered communications tools become available to almost anyone. Institutions and companies accustomed to manipulating their audiences are finding that control slipping away." Control of the message appears to be everything, and even benign and well-intentioned criticisms are being stifled. As Wes Fryer observes, "Schools are technocratic, top-down, static institutions which generally do not value change, innovation, or creativity". More...

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The Closing of the U.S. Open University

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Katrina A. Meyer[Edit][Delete]: The Closing of the U.S. Open University, EDUCAUSE Quarterly [Edit][Delete] May 4, 2006
Interesting article. I personally wonder about the desire on the part of OU to enter the U.S. market at all - it's not like there's a shortage of universities there. And as the article makes clear, U.S. accredication is a significant hurdle. Also, "for the USOU, recruiting one student took approximately $4,000 to $5,000." This money, in my view, would have been better spent elsewhere. More...

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