A new Web resource for academic open content has been launched by a group of west coast campuses. The Open Educational Resources Center for California is a portal or aggregator, bundling together searches for open textbooks, general educational resources, open courseware, Web 2.0 open media, and open quizzes. There are other features, too, including [...]
One proposition in the NITLE Predictions Market ended this week, while another one began. They concern YouTube educational channels and open access scholarly publication.
One proposition wrapped up after running for several months. It concerned campus Web video, and asked “When will the number of campuses with channels on YouTube’s Edu directory break 300?” The [...]
The Digital Humanities Now project launched this month, and is a significant initiative for anyone interested in digital scholarship and communication, social media, crowdsourcing, open content, Twitter, and, of course, the digital humanities. “DHNow”, created by the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University, describes itself as
a real-time, crowdsourced publication. It takes [...]
A new initiative to share open digital content is launching. The Open Knowledge Commons (OKC) stems from the Open Content Alliance (OCA), and is funded by the Alfred P. Sloan foundation. The aim:
to establish a chief coordinating body to help organize and facilitate the creation of an open, online digital library
OKC’s leader, Maura [...]
Notes on Cliff Lynch’s overview of the information environment, opening the December 2008 CNI conference.
Some information projects are heading into maturity, especially under the header of “cyberinfrastructure”. At the same time individual campus IT infrastructure strategies are developing. Federated identity management is increasingly needed, across campuses, to be able to support cyberinfrastructure. [...]
This post describes moving a piece of Web page content across several Web services, namely into a spreadsheet, out to a Web page, then into Google Maps. This documented, illustrated mashup account relies on several Google Apps tools, plus Yahoo Pipes. It relies on open standards, screen-scrapes open content, and requires no purchases.
A new topic has opened up in the NITLE prediction markets: “will the OpenCourseWare Consortium have more than 250 members by April 2009?” This question focused on the growing OCWC, and its ability to win campus support for its open content mission. 114 colleges and universities currently participate.
This topic, or “proposition,” came from [...]
In a major move for the book digitization field, Microsoft has begun to cut back its scanning operations. Sustainability played a role in the decision:
we believe the next generation of search is about the development of an underlying, sustainable business model for the search engine, consumer, and content partner.
Microsoft is apparently going to rely [...]
The Open Content Alliance book-scanning project just hit another milestone. The Internet Archive, founding ACA member, now scans one thousand books per day.
(via Stephen Downes)
The New York Times reports on one professor who has attained a global audience – through his class content, published as open content to the Web. MIT’s OpenCourseWare makes available a series of Walter Lewin lectures and demonstrations as videocasts.