15 novembre 2019

What Open Source Webpublishing Software has the Scientific Community for E-Journals?

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. What Open Source Webpublishing Software has the Scientific Community for E-Journals?
Short article that profiles three open journal publishing systems, Digital Publishing System (DPubs), ePublishing toolkit (ePubTk) and Open Journal System (OJS). To view the paper, click on the link where it says "Full text available as: PDF". More...

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Can Anyone Police File Sharing?

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Can Anyone Police File Sharing?
Technological solutions to student file sharing are likely to slow the behaviour - briefly - but not stop it. Students view the measures as an inconvenience. While some suggest that universities should simply pay a blanket license fee, I wonder whether the music publishers would be so happy to see an appropriate portion of the money go to unsigned and independent acts, podcasters and other MP3 artists. More...

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14 novembre 2019

Blueprint, A CSS Framework

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Blueprint, A CSS Framework
I have always liked grid-style CSS layouts (my own website is an example of that) and this framework takes a lot of the really picky details out of writing the stylesheets (my own site may look very simple, but the CSS took a long time). More...

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The Wii Remote API

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. The Wii Remote API
I'm not ready to work with this yet - I would somehow need to convince NRC to give me a Wii to play with - but the possibilities are intriguing. And think about it - what would it be like to program a web page that four people could use at once. More...

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Trying Out Global Positioning Systems (GPS) for M-Learning

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Trying Out Global Positioning Systems (GPS) for M-Learning
I've long wanted to be able to map routes and mix them with photos - as described in this post. I use the gmap-pedometer to plot my route, but can't add pictures to that. What I want to get one day (maybe I can convince NRC to pay for it) is this GPS-enabled system described by Leonard Low - which would allow me to embed GPS information into the photo itself. And while my camera is automatically creating metadata for me, I want it to record my name and website - and it would be nice to embed a short audio clip (which could be translated to text) by way of description. More...

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By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. ccLearn
Creative Commons has created 'CC Learn' and staffed it with Board members (all Americans, of course), including Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales. I am supportive of open educational resources, as most people know, and I am supportive of Creative Commons - but I am apprehensive about this new organization, which has been formed without any (apparent) consultation or process. Long-time readers will recall some of Creative Commons's previous forays into education, including the proposal for special 'education' licenses. This to me looks more like the commercial publishers trying to redefine 'free' in such a way as to allow them to take free resources and sell them commercially. That's usually what language like this means: "Worse, much of the OER currently being created is incompatible - legally, technically, and socially - with other OER". More...

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Slideshare, Now Slidecasts, with Sound!

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Slideshare, Now Slidecasts, with Sound!
A few people wrote to me to let me know that Slideshares (on which I have more than a hundred presentations) now allows you to add a soundtrack to the slide presentation. Which is really nice, but I may have my work cut out for me if I want to convert everything. Meanwhile, I have three contacts on Slidehare and dozens and dozens on Facebook (and they keep coming in). More...

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13 novembre 2019

Vers la fin des librairies ?

Accueil - Vie PubliqueLa révolution technologique d’Internet les nouvelles habitudes de consommation et les mutations des pratiques de lecture signent-elles réellement la fin de ce commerce culturel ? De quels atouts disposent-elles pour survivre et faire face ? Pour répondre à ces questions « Place au débat » vous propose l’analyse d’un auteur spécialiste. Plus...

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Photoshop of Horrors

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Photoshop of Horrors
Even as it sinks into insolvency, traditional media continues to press the case against new media. And the interminable debate continues. But as the most recent champion of traditional media, Andrew Keen, makes the rounds with the digerati, I am continually frustrated by the fact that the digerati won't state the knockdown argument: that traditional media is corrupt, and it is new media that is trustworthy. Of course, the digerati actually make their living from traditional media (look at their credits) so I guess they wouldn't. But I don't, and never will. So nothing stops me from observing that blatant bald-faced manipulation, such as the travesty described in this article, is commonplace. And not just that, but such manipulations of image and fact have had serious, long-term, and detrimental effects on society. And the thing is - I see numerous examples every single day! For example, also from today, the release and reporting of five year old Osama video as "new". Also, the description of a scientific study that doesn't exist. Or the smear campaign launched by an editor of the Daily Telegraph. Actually - that's just from this morning - I haven't done the evening rounds yet. Folks, in case you have missed it, traditional media is systematically and thoroughly corrupt, from the tabloid magazines to the corporate-owned newspapers to the advertorials to the product placements to payola placements. More...

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Questioning the Student Use of and Desire for Lecture Podcasts

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Questioning the Student Use of and Desire for Lecture Podcasts
The authors conclude, " Although iPods and other MP3 players are common with students, the use of audio files as an educational device is still debated and has not undergone rigorous pedagogical research." Well fine. Of course, they are surveying whether students at Duke - who have already paid the gazillions in tuition fees and are actually on campus - listen to lecture podcasts. And sometimes they do. But I just think this is researching the wrong thing. What I want to know is, what is the effectiveness of a podcast compared to, say, nothing. More...

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