04 décembre 2018

Batch Identifier Infrastructure

Batch Identifier Infrastructure
An open source tool for generating unique persistent digital object names and other identifiers has been released. Called "noid" (nice opaque identifier), it can be used as an identifier strategy no matter which naming scheme you choose (for example, ARK, DOI, Handle, LSID, PURL, or URN). More...

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Google Scholar and OpenURL Firefox Extension

Google Scholar and OpenURL Firefox Extension
I have mixed feelings about this one. What we have is a nifty Firefox extension that works hand in hand with Google Scholar by checking to see whether your institution has a subscription to the Jorunal in question and giving you immediate access to the article. Neat. But do we really want to be helping entrench the subscription based model of publishing like this. More...

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Evolving Literacy – Crafting Messages for Senses, Sensibilities, and Sense-making

Evolving Literacy – Crafting Messages for Senses, Sensibilities, and Sense-making
Literacy is not just about reading: we also expect a literate person to write. But how many people make their own movies? Obviously, the tools aren't there yet. But we can expect that when they arrive, literacy will take a step forward. More...

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MSN Spaces

MSN Spaces
Microsoft's entry into the world of blogs, MSN Spaces, launches. It's easy enough to create a blog, but not to create a personal profile on the blog - you have to have a Passport ID for that. Updating the blog was a bit tricky, and the photo that I added with my post ended up in a separate photos list. More...

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Middle East eLearning Forum

Middle East eLearning Forum
Jay Cross gives us a feel (but only a feel) for the Middle East e-learning market with this summary from the Middle Eastern Forum at Online Educa Berlin. More...

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SPARC Open Access Newsletter

SPARC Open Access Newsletter
In this, the 80th issue of the newsletter, two major developments in open access are highlighted. In what author Peter Suber calls "the largest single step toward free online access in the history of the OA movement," the National Institutes of Health (NIH) plan to support open access was endorsed by the U.S. Congress. More...

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Thunderbird RC1

Thunderbird RC1
Once we've got you all switched from Internet Explorer to Firefox, there's another treat for you. Thunderbird, the open source email client made by the people who make Firebird, is just a hiccup away from its formal release; the RC (release candidate) is the final version before the official release, expected in mid-December. More...

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Learning Without Lessons: Supporting Learning in Small Businesses

Learning Without Lessons: Supporting Learning in Small Businesses
While the authors suggest that "a clear distinction between formal and informal learning is difficult to define and unhelpful" they also suggest, while defining it a few pages down, that it is "related to business, rather than personal objectives." They should have heeded their early advice. As it is, this perspective flavours this generally useful report focusing on the training needs of small and medium size enterprises. More...

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Pierre Berton

Pierre Berton
When I was young my father and I split a membership in the Book of the Month Club. I read quite a lot about the Second World War (Shirer, Churchill, Speer) and read the complete Sherlock Holmes, among other things. But the books I remember most of all had titles like 'The National Dream' and 'Klondike: The Last Great Gold Rush'. I may have studied Canadian history in school, but it was Pierre Berton who made it come alive for me. More...

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The Daring Dozen

The Daring Dozen
They're all American, so we'll call this a national perspective. That notwithstanding, it is worthwhile to pause and look at some of the examples we find in our community of people who go above aand beyond to serve the needs of education. And it occurs to me - maybe an international 'online learning Hall of Fame' might be a good idea. Or maybe not. More...

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