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22 mai 2019

Debate About Open Source Versus Proprietary Software Is Over

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Press Release: Debate About Open Source Versus Proprietary Software Is Over, Education.au October 20, 2005

I sincerely doubt that by 'over' he means over, but Education.au's Gerry White makes the case that software choices should not be made on the basis of whether software is or is not open source. "We have found that the magic mix is to choose the most appropriate solution according to business need, not on an open source versus proprietary basis". More...

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Open Source as Liberation

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Christopher D. Sessums: Open Source as Liberation October 19, 2005

Just an update on one of the most interesting stories of the web, the way in which the government of Brazil has embraced open source. "President Luiz Inacio da Silva, or 'Lula', has announced that all ministries will stop using Microsoft Windows on their office computers. Instead of paying through the nose for Microsoft operating licences, while millions of Brazilians live in poverty." This same story, with varying outcomes, is playing itself out arount the world, as a heated discussion on the Bytes For All mailing list attests. More...

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Introducing the LMOS Open Source Project

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Michael Feldstein: Introducing the LMOS Open Source Project, E-Literate October 18, 2005

Interesting. "The Learning Management Operating System (LMOS) will be designed from the ground up focusing on tool interoperability in order to provide campuses, faculty and students with unprecedented flexibility and control in customizing their virtual campus/class environments. In contrast to traditional LMS projects, the LMOS is conceived as a framework for integration and interoperability rather than a monolithic system". More...

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Advancing the Effectiveness and Sustainability of Open Education Conference

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Various authors: Advancing the Effectiveness and Sustainability of Open Education Conference, Open Education Conference October 10, 2005

The Open Education Conference proceedings are now available as a 181 page PDF document - the last 8 pages are blank, but that's small consolation as it's still something you have to print out rather than struggle through online. There's a lot of good content here and the usual players in open educational content - Wikipedia, Connexions, eduCommons, Merlot, Public Library of Science, OOPS and many more - are all represented with project updates. More...

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More on Open Content

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Lanny Arvan: More on Open Content, Lanny on Learning Technology October 10, 2005

Lanny Arvan takes Merlot to task, arguing that its content review process doesn't serve downstream users. I like the way he sketches an alternative: "So go to Bloglines.com, do a search on your favorite topic (I chose edtech) and then for some of the blogs that come up, click on “Subscribers” and you should see the list of those subscribers who made their subscription public. More...

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21 mai 2019

Open Educational Resources - Anonymity vs. Specificity

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Open Educational Resources - Anonymity vs. Specificity
Hylen writes, "To establish a credible academic reward system that includes the production and use of OER might be the single most important policy issue for a large scale deployment of OER in teaching and learning." This in turn raises the question of attribution in the production of open educational resources (OERs). More...

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SRW/U with OAI: Expected and Unexpected Synergies

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Robert Sanderson, Jeffrey Young and Ralph LeVan: SRW/U with OAI: Expected and Unexpected Synergies, D-Lib Magazine October 7, 2005

The authors write, "SRW/U (the Search/Retrieve Webservice) and OAI (Open Archives Initiative) are both modern information retrieval protocols developed by distinct groups from different backgrounds at around the same time... SRW and OAI clearly complement each other. More...

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Open Education Wrap-up

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Brian Lamb: Open Education Wrap-up, Abject learning October 3, 2005

I have never really though of John Seely Brown as the freddie Mercury of e-learning, but the thought apparently crossed Brian Lamb's mind during the course of his writing a summary of Brown's talk at the Open Learning conference last week-end in Utah. More...

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15 mai 2019

The Net Knows More Than You: An Open Letter to the People of CBS News

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Jay Rosen: The Net Knows More Than You: An Open Letter to the People of CBS News, PressThink September 20, 2005

Jay Rosen's open letter could apply as well to professors as to journalists (though the former may be harder to convince). He writes, "I've been listening to journalists say it for fifteen years: the public doesn't understand how we work, we have to explain ourselves more. Public Eye, if it works, is going to reveal when there are no good explanations - or none that make sense beyond newsroom culture. More...

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14 mai 2019

The Canadian Move Toward Open Access

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Michael Geist: The Canadian Move Toward Open Access November 7, 2005

Follows up on Arthur Carty's editorial a couple weeks ago advocating an open research agenda in Canada. The author makes the (accurate) point that the canadian research environment could be much more open, and that policy and legislation is tending to close it more than to open it. "The failure to include policy reforms to facilitate the unlocking knowledge is an embarrassment," he writes. "Canada has a world class Internet infrastructure and has experienced impressive growth in university based research and development.... If Canada is to maintain that growth, we should follow the advice of our new national science advisor. Science and research success depends on tearing down barriers, not erecting them. A national commitment to open access is the right place to start." Hear hear. More...

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