07 mai 2019

Break Down the (Fire) Wall!!

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Break Down the (Fire) Wall!!
I was at a government office not too long ago (the nature of which shall remain hidden) and during some of the discussions the subject of Flickr came up. Imagine my surprise to find access to the site blocked by network administrators. Leigh Blackall comments on this increasingly pervasive trend, a trend that is characterized as much by its ridiculous application as by its fundamentally undemocratic nature. More...

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Understanding the CC License Selection Behavior of Flickr Users

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Understanding the CC License Selection Behavior of Flickr Users
David Wiley advances and supports an interesting theory about Creative Commons license selection by Flickr users: "Proportion of creators choosing the license ∝ Proportion of rights reserved in the license." In other words, the more rights are given away, the fewer people will opt for the license. More...

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Project Inkwell Drafts Specs for School Tech

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Corey Murray: Project Inkwell Drafts Specs for School Tech, ESchool News November 15, 2005

I really don't like the way this item is written, sounding more like press copy than a news article. But the topic it covers is significfant: Project Inkwell will define 'one-to-one' technology specifications for schools. What that means wasn't really defined (instead, we got quotes like: "There is just something wrong with taking a business-built device and putting it in the hands of a seventh-grader". More...

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OSS Watch Releases Guide to the GPL

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Stuart Yeates: OSS Watch Releases Guide to the GPL November 15, 2005

Stuart Yeates reports, "OSS Watch have just released their latest IPR document, an overview and guide to the GPL. This is their sixth licence-specific document and sits beside their documents on ownership and licensing issues , software patents and dual licensing". More...

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My Podcast on Why Podcasting isn't Interesting

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. My Podcast on Why Podcasting isn't Interesting
To me, this is the big one: "It takes 30 minutes to listen to a thirty minute podcast, but if you give me 10 pages of material to read, I can scan through it in 15-30 seconds". More...

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Early Film, Early Internet, Early Days, Network Learning

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Early Film, Early Internet, Early Days, Network Learning
Leigh Blackall begins by talking about finding old movies on the Internet Archive (which alone makes his post worth reading) but makes his main point here: "This post is not so much an outcome of any particular study (such as a paper or essay might be) but is more a piece in the process of learning. Its an ongoing conversation of learning, with the recorded voices in the conversation contributing to the content used in someone else's learning". More...

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Voices For Change!

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Voices For Change!
This is a website run by and for Telecommunications Workers Union (TWU) members. If you are a Telus internet subscriber then you (as of this writing) cannot access this site (not without a reflector, at least). Telus is blocking access to its employee union website. More...

Posté par pcassuto à 08:01 - - Permalien [#]

The Dark Underbelly of Napster Deals

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. The Dark Underbelly of Napster Deals
It's as bad as we always thought it was. "The University must exclusively promote the Dell branded DJ, secure two Dell kiosks on campus to feature Dell products and services, facilitate a Dell launch event in the back-to-school timeframe, host Dell information on the UW website, execute an email campaign and participate in a case study." Oh, and pay $24,000 for 8 months of its service. More...

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How To Be Heard

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. How To Be Heard
How do you get people to read your blog? This guide will tell you how to gain readers, how, in effect, to be heard. It discusses how to approach blog content, design, launch, writing your blog, marketing and revisions. Thanks to Little Train's Brad Carson for prompting this article (and for providing comprehensive coverage of the recent MERLOT conference, worthwhile work that should have received more attention than it did). By Stephen Downes, Stephen's Web, July 28, 2005 [Refer][Research][Reflect]. More...

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RSS Referencing

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. RSS Referencing
Post looking at the need for references to external content in RSS feeds, describing some applications and outlining how it would work. I might add that the comments here apply not only to RSS and Atom, but also the various metadata formats in use in learning, as they are no better than the syndication formats at referencing. Also posted to the rss-dev and syndication mailing lists, where you may find some comments. By Stephen Downes, Stephen's Web, July 27, 2005 [Refer][Research][Reflect]. More...

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