03 février 2020

Le Ouebe Au Service Des Routiers

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Le Ouebe Au Service Des Routiers
This is pretty neat. We can now look at live images of road conditions anywhere in New Brunswick (it's so neat when the people in government departments have a positive view of technology). This is the link to the service itself. This blog post is in French. More...

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If You Were a Tech Steward, What Would Your Starfish Look Like?

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. If You Were a Tech Steward, What Would Your Starfish Look Like?
Nancy White picks up on one note of dissonance regarding Scoble's 'starfish': "The starfish focuses on communications channels, while typically I approach community technology stewardship from an activities approach - what sorts of activities does my community need to be together and do what it wants to do together." I pick up on another: most of Scoble's 'arms' point to commercial services - while so much of my own reach is in the form of non-commercial services, open source applications, or even aspects of my own (hand-built) website. More...

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By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Fun
That's the one word title of this summary of the Manitoba edubloggercon just completed. "About 60 people showed up and Andy Mckneil the president of their provincial technology group, organized and paid for the event. Andy also did a great job filming and recording the entire event." More...

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Conversation As a Radical Act

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Conversation As a Radical Act
Interesting diagram looking at the act of communication (online and off, but the implication is more online than off, to me at least). The 'diversity' petal to me speaks to the structure of the network, and I would add things like autonomy, openness and interactivity to that part of it. The 'key issues' speaks to meaning or content, which I've addressed a bit with semantics. But the 'process' part of it is something I haven't spoken a whole lot about: communications, even in networks, can vary greatly in type. In traditional networks, we think simply of a 'signal' being sent from one node to another, but in fact what we send are complex patterns. Handshakes, protocols, syntax, customs, flames, emoticons - these are all ways of representing the forms those patterns take. Viewed from one perspective, these are signals sent from one node to another. Viewed from another perspective, these are patterns of connectivity with emergent meaning (recognizable only from outside) sent from one network to another. More...

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When Two Tribes Go To War

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. When Two Tribes Go To War
The post addresses divergent approaches to managing institutional technological requirements - one view being the standard instiututional view, the other being the one standards and systems view. Good discussion, but what stood out as insightful was this: "I now wonder whether it might be better to sometimes leave such gaps unfilled. For as ‘Webdunc' recently commented 'To oversimplify; I don't think I've ever heard of a policy for what to do when you pass a peer/colleague/superior/lecturer/student in the street - why do we need one for online social behaviour?'." More...

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So You Want to Be an E-Learning Consultant...

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. So You Want to Be an E-Learning Consultant...
Many of the people I know in this field have become consultants. In this article, Harold Jarche talks about developing your business as a consultant and the challenges faced by freelancers. And yes, Harold, you should have included the importance of long bike rides and the resulting thinking time. Still, consulting isn't for everyone. My own career has taken exactly the opposite tack - I work for the government. Though there's a lot of overhead and paperwork, I enjoy a different type of freedom: the steady income that allows me to not worry about running advertising, offending clients, and the whole client-server relationship. More...

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Graphics, Streaming, Reflection

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Graphics, Streaming, Reflection
From the time I was about 12 years old I delivered newspapers. There was one occasion I was delivering a paper to a red-brick house on Brentwood, with an aluminum screen door, and as I reached to deposit the paper between the doors a young blond boy of about four years old opened the door, and I gave the paper to him. "This is something he might remember the rest of his life," I thought. Then I paused. "No," I decided, "this is something I will remember for the rest of my life." So periodically thereafter, I have replayed the scene in my mind - the door opening, me handing the paper to the kid. And I still remember it, a lifetime later, a small, inconsequential memory reinforced through nothing other than reflection. More...

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Giant Global Graph

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Giant Global Graph
The social graph as described by Brad Fitzpatrick is, according to Tim Berners-Lee, the semantic web. "I called this graph the Semantic Web, but maybe it should have been Giant Global Graph!" And it's a way, not of creating technology, but a way of thinking. More...

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LOM Re-Synch

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. LOM Re-Synch
Activity is beginning to heat up again around the whole learning object metadata (LOM) scene. There is the Dublin Core educational metadata (DC-ED) meeting I missed today, but which I will be following. And as Erik Duval writes, "Over the last year or so, there has been quite a bit of discussion on how we want to make LOM evolve over the longer term." What I really like - and what I really encourage - is that these will be open meetings, hosted online using FlashMeeting (which mostly works with every browser these days). I plan to be there, but even if I miss the meeting, it will still be accessible later, so I can follow what happened. Here's a meeting on metadata harmonization that took place Monday. I don't know yet whether there's a common calendaring system for these meetings that will let people (say) subscribe to a feed and pick which meetings to schedule to attend. More...

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Aggregative or Emergent Identity? Rethinking Communities

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Aggregative or Emergent Identity? Rethinking Communities
Dave Snoeden offers his take on the distinction I have styled as the one between groups and networks. He describes the distinction, as the title suggests, as one between aggregation and emergent identity, which very much accords with my thinking. He brings to this discussion the concept of the 'crew': "I think that starting to take the concept of crews into a wider organisational role would give us a new and highly functional capability that would exceed that of any current community. We already use them in military and medical environments amongst others so it's not that revolutionary an idea." I wonder whether this would correspond to what Terry Anderson is calling a 'collective'. More...

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