16 octobre 2019

On Groups, Networks and Collectives

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. On Groups, Networks and Collectives
Blog post from Terry Anderson, and a companion blog post from Jon Dron, discussing the distinction between groups and networks. So far so good. But they include a third type of entity, 'the collective', with which I'm less comfortable. "Collectives are what happens to you while you are busy making other plans. Collectives are about aggregation. The logic of the collective is that of the set, not the network. A classic piece of collective software would be the recommender system or the tag cloud."
I can see the reasoning here, but the term 'collective' - with all its connotations to the epitome of group formation, communism, is a very bad choice. And to say 'collectives are about aggregation' and then to compare it to a recommender system is to (in my view) misunderstand how recommender systems work. That said - yes, I can see that there is this type of organization, too much like a group (being based on properties and aggregation) to be a network, too much like a network (having no internal cohesion or order) to be a group. More...

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MiWiFi .V. Gatekeepers Inc.

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. MiWiFi .V. Gatekeepers Inc.
So I wonder what's going to come first - community-wide WiMax implementations, that allow students to send and receive broadband in the classroom independently of the school's internet service, or jamming systems, that prevent WiMax signals (which can go through things like walls and buildings) from being accessible in schools. How ironic, that after schools spend millions of dollars to provide (filtered and blocked) internet access in the classroom, that they'll have to spend millions more to keep it out. More...

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Welcome to COSL, Brian Lamb!

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Welcome to COSL, Brian Lamb!
It's nice to see the people who have made important contributions being recognized. First it was Alan Levine, who got a nice job with the New Media Consortium. Then George Siemens, landing a position as an Associate Director with the Learning Technologies Centre at University of Manitoba. And now, Brian Lamb makes the list with a well deserved appointment as a research fellow with the Center for Open and Sustainable Learning. More...

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ACHUB - Arts, Music and Edu in SecondLife

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. ACHUB - Arts, Music and Edu in SecondLife
Sometimes when posting a link I'm filled with mixed emotions. On the one hand, setting up a wiki for arts, music and education in Second Life seems like a good idea. On the other hand, many of the pages aren't created. But on the other hand, they post the password to the wiki on the front page, which is cool. But on the other hand, they are advertising conference space on 2L 'for rent'. More...

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RSS in Plain English

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. RSS in Plain English
Another one of those hand and drawing videos, this one intended to introduce RSS to people who don't know about RSS. "if you know someone who would love RSS and hasn't yet tried it, point them here for 3.5 minutes of RSS in Plain English." Now that I've installed Flash 9 the blip.tv videos work. More...

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DrupalEd Is Ready For Download

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. DrupalEd Is Ready For Download
I've had my headaches with Drupal, but it remains true that it is one of the easiest and most powerful applications out there. And as an open source software platform, you can't beat the price - nor can you beat the horde of developers. So there's good reason to celebrate with this week's launch of the DrupalEd distribution. "The goal of this site is to create a flexible framework that allows for users to set up a social learning environment or a more traditional learning environment depending on the needs of the learners within the site". More...

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Make Internet TV

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Make Internet TV
Though there are some small lapses (I really think there's a way for people to make Flash versions of their videos, rather than uploading .mov files or whatever to the internet) but these pale beside the fact that this is a really good guide, beautifully designed, well illustrated, complete and accurate. And they encourage people to submit additions and corrections. More...

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Rethinking the iPhone

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Rethinking the iPhone
I think there is something to this line of reasoning: "Any sort of device consolidation, like what the iPhone possibly promises, is a pipe dream and runs counter to real and immutable trends. The problem is, nobody wants to admit that these trends exist-yet they do." And this strikes a responsive chord with me: I'm sick of being ripped off by the entire mobile-phone game." if you follow this link, read it quickly and get out - the relentless advertising on the page is really annoying and constantly blots out the text. More...

Posté par pcassuto à 11:18 - - Permalien [#]

From YouTube to YouNiversity

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. From YouTube to YouNiversity
Henry Jenkins has been getting some media recently, probably a result of his recent books on culture, blogging and gaming. I saw most of his talk in Boston, and the text is the Web 2.0 line familiar to most readers. George Siemens picks up on this assertion: "To educate such students, we don't so much need a faculty as we need an intellectual network." And this is exactly right: "The modern university should work not by defining fields of study but by removing obstacles so that knowledge can circulate and be reconfigured in new ways. For media studies, that means taking down walls that separate the study of different media, that block off full collaboration between students, that make it difficult to combine theory and practice, and that isolate academic research from the larger public conversations about media change." More...

Posté par pcassuto à 11:17 - - Permalien [#]

Software Patents: Why Should We Care?

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Software Patents: Why Should We Care?
"Imagine a world," writes Alfred Essa, "in which Socrates not only originated the dialogue form of inquiry but also filed a patent claiming "intellectual property" rights for his invention and then vigorously enforced his patent against the Sophists to ensure the 'purity' of his learning method." This situation gets at the heart of the problem with software patents - they allow people to claim the ridiculous as 'intellectual property'. But we also need a strategy for what to do in an environemnt (such as the U.S.) where software patents are legal, which Essa provides. More...

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