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RDA: Resource Description and Access

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Various authors[Edit][Delete]: RDA: Resource Description and Access, Joint Steering Committee [Edit][Delete] September 15, 2006
More evidence that people don't listen to me. (*wry grin*) I have written and spoken about the difference between syntacti standards (which are about structure and how things fit together) and semantic standard (which aRE about meanings). Syntactic standards work fine, because you're not committing yourself to an ontology, world view, religion, science or whatever. Semantic standards fair for precisely the same reason. So when someone says (as does Robina Clayphan in an email) "There is more to creating useful metadata than URIs, schemas and syntax. More...

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How to Write Articles and Essays Quickly and Expertly

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Stephen Downes[Edit][Delete]: How to Write Articles and Essays Quickly and Expertly, Half an Hour [Edit][Delete] September 15, 2006
I wrote this in Johannesburg airport instead of doing work. "I am, in fact, a fairly prolific writer... part of it is a simple strategy for writing you essays and articles quickly and expertly, a strategy that allows you to plan your entire essay as you write it, and thus to allow you to make your first draft your final draft. This article describes that strategy." Enjoy - I might add some bolding and formatting, if the article needs it. [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit]. More...

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Diddy

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Stephen Downes[Edit][Delete]: Diddy, Half an Hour [Edit][Delete] September 15, 2006
If you haven't been following my articles on my other blog, you will want to have a look at Diddy (though as I write Blogger is suffering a spectacular server failure). I also have a few photos posted - it has been a while since I had bandwidth so photos are limited; also Microsoft Windows burped and ate all my Kruger national Park photos (the 'sort by' operation failed and the FAT was corrupted - only Windows could manage something like that). So now I'm trying to retrieve them from the flash memory cards. [Tags: , , ] [Comment]. More...

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WWW Applications - Bloemfontein

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Stephen Downes[Edit][Delete]: WWW Applications - Bloemfontein, September 15, 2006
I had a nice time in the Free State capital of Bloemfontein, where I conducted a preconference workshop September 5 and a keynote address September 6. The workshop, E-Learning 2.0: Tools and Topics, was based on my wiki presentation, though to be honest, we hardly touched the wiki. That said, the live Skypecast worked beautifully. Here's the audio: part one (14 meg), part two (8 meg), part three (24 meg). The keynote the next day was a different matter. we made some slight changes to the Skypecast, so it became a bit of a debugging exercise. No problem, we just did it on stage while I gave my keynote. It was a bit chaotic, but a perfect example of living your learning. Here are the slides and here is audio file (39 K, sorry, it's direct from the iRiver) of the keynote. [Tags: ] [Comment]. More...

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IT Integrator's Conference

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Stephen Downes[Edit][Delete]: IT Integrator's Conference, September 15, 2006
I am in North Sydney, as you may have guessed from the song lyrics, and I had fun today giving two talks. The first, my keynote (slides and audio) was on the topic of blogs and learning, and afforded me a nice opportunity to merge some thoughts on the role of blogs in learning with the idea of blog objects as words in a conversation. An hour later I was on the podium again, this time giving a no holds barred address on the subject of copyright, theft, and digital rights management (slides and audio). Note: I'm having trouble uploading the audio - so if it's not there, give it a bit and try again. [Tags: , , , , ] [Comment]. More...

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Bogota

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Stephen Downes[Edit][Delete]: Bogota, Google Video [Edit][Delete] September 15, 2006
Today is a banner day. For the last four weeks, I have been working on a video recounting my experiences in Bogota. I managed to get it to upload onto Google Video today. It's not perfect - you'll spot some flaws pretty easily - and it would be nice to have edited it more, but they're right. A laptop isn't really a video editing tool. But it's what I've got. Also, this is my first video that I created and edited by myself (I used Adobe Premier Elements). I had to teach myself how to create it as I created it. Learning in action. But this is what I mean - the tools for content creation are in the hands of the people now. Anyhow, despite any flaws it may have, I'm very proud of it. I hope you enjoy it. Let it buffer for a bit; it's 30 minutes long. You can also read the transcript on my blog. [Tags: , , , ] [Comment]. More...

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D2L Counterclaim

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Various authors[Edit][Delete]: D2L Counterclaim, D2L [Edit][Delete] September 15, 2006
Desire2Learn has filed its counterclaim against Blackboard in the recent lawsuit. "Blackboard's failure to disclose the Undisclosed e-Learning Products to the Patent Office was intentional and done with deceptive intent." Also, "On information and belief, Blackboard's failure to disclose the IMS Specification to the Patent Office was intentional and done with deceptive intent. More...

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Momentum for Open Access Research

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Scott Jaschik[Edit][Delete]: Momentum for Open Access Research, Inside Higher Ed [Edit][Delete] September 6, 2006
The scholarly societies have been opposing open access to academic content, but as this article notes, it is increasingly apparent that they represent only their own interests, and not those of the academics they purport to represent. I haven't covered every iteration of the increasingly show of support by academics for open access, but this increment, the most recentl, in which the provosts of 25 research universities came out in favor of open access, is typical. The support for open access is there, as people become aware of the issue. More...

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You May Have Been YouTubed

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Scott Jaschik[Edit][Delete]: You May Have Been YouTubed, Inside Higher Ed [Edit][Delete] September 6, 2006
Too funny - students are secretly recording videos of their professors and posting them on YouTube. This is a practice I encourage. Oh, I know, there will be much righteous objections on the part of professors. But really, if you are not willing to have your words posted for the whole world to see, you shouldn't really be saying them, now should you. More...

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Gaining The Trust Of Students

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. StevenB[Edit][Delete]: Gaining The Trust Of Students, ACRLog [Edit][Delete] September 6, 2006
Authority figures - even librarians, as this article notes - are becoming less and less trusted, as people are beginning to favour "people like me." As Gerry McGovern states, "The Web gives customers the power to talk back and be heard by other customers like them. The Web strips away authority from the establishment. In fact, the Web is leading a backlash against traditional authority figures." So, how to fix this? Easy. More...

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