It's not quite the same as licensing the content for reuse, of course, since the user has to be online to view embedded photos, and the photos are send froma Getty server, which means that websites can ensure speed of delivery, and that the Getty server logs all transactions. But hey, since so many people make use of online images in this way in any case (yours truly included) it's a welsome development, and dare I say, the de facto standard operating procedure for the use of web media (indeed, Getty may be getting ahead of the curve by allowing this use, which implies that it could refuse permission, rather than simply accepting the default premise that anyone can embed web imagery.
LRMI stands for 'Learning Record Metadata Initiative' and is a (yet another) mechanism for describing learning resources. See more here. This post describes the LRMI Alignment Object, which is intended to describe how a given resource fits into curricular or educational standards requirements, such as the US Common Core State Standards or the English National Curriculum (the article has a good set of links to similar standards). A number of alignment object syustems have come on stream recently (since everyone thinks it's the 'holy grail' of resource metadata) including Kritikos and OER Commons (both of which are described in the article).
OK, this is ambitious. "My ultimate scientific breakthrough dream would be the Qualified Self in the analogy of the Quantified Self." Given a provisional nod, what would such a qualified self look like? "All the gathered data would gather data on: emotions, creativity, understanding, progress, personal character." Well, I did a test like that recently (the Hermann Brain Dominance instrumnent) and while it was nice to test off the scale for creatity, the point here is that there was a scale. Is there a way to qualify self without it descending into qualtification? We are so permeated with metrics, we cannot fathom - well, what would we even call them - matrics? (p.s. what made me look at this item was the image - I was intrigued by the way some people are following the program (which looks like, "act like you're walking") while others aren't really making an effort. Such things interest me - what motivates a person to participate fully in something like that, and why would others be reticent?)
I like this video a lot. It gets at an important element of the scientific method (not the only element - the scientific menthod is much more complicated than one simple rule) and it also gets at why so many people reason poorly. In a nutshell: when we look for evidence, we very often look for evidence that confirms out theories, and that's often pretty easy to find. But the confirmation is an illusion. It's only when we try to find evidence that disproves our theories that we can know whether we're getting closer to the truth. Via ScienceDump.
It's interestging to see how in recent years the concept of 'innovation' is being rewoeked such that, if it doesn't involve some commercial component, it isn't innovation. But this post from D'Arcy Norman offers an alternative perspective. "Many in the edtech field see innovation as something like 'working out creative licensing deals with vendors and/or publishers,'" he writes. "No. It isn’ t. Edtech is important because it can be transformative." He continues, "It can literally change the nature of the learning experience. It can shift people from consume mode, into collaborate and publish mode. It can knock down walls. Evaporate silos. Connect people across campus, across campuses, and across the globe." The whole commercialization thing puts the cart before the horse. It's not things that have commercial potential that are importnat. It's things that are important that have commercial potential. Commercialization is (or may be) the result of innovation, not the driver.
EDEN Members are invited to vote on NAP Steering Committee 2014
The Network of Academics and Professionals (NAP), is co-ordinated by a Steering Committee, elected by a ballot of its members. EDEN Members are invited to vote on the new Committee's members. The nominees are (in alphabetical order):
Ildikó Mázár was appointed as Deputy Secretary General of EDEN from 1st December 2013.
Ildikó has been working with the Secretariat since 15 years. She has gained lots of experience and has built effective professional networks of partnerships in distance and e-learning. Ildikó has been instrumental in the operational management of EDEN's EU projects and acted as an ambassador of the Association.
The Jisc Digital Festival, which will be held in the ICC in Birmingham on the 11-12 March 2014, will bring you its highlights, showcasing innovations in higher education (HE), further education (FE) and skills, as well as exploring the future of digital technology from the comfort of your office, home, or on the move.
Online participants will be able to follow the event online thanks to Sonic Foundry’s Mediasite software which will stream the keynote speakers and expert presentations from the festival’s ‘Hangout’ area. There is no need for registration, simply visit the live coverage page on the Jisc website to join in on the day.
As well as the livestreamed video, there will also be a social media team live-tweeting all keynotes, workshops and expert speakers as well as highlights from the Technology Garden and images from around the site.
For the keynote speakers, follow the @JiscLive Twitter account and for expert speakers, workshops and the Technology Garden check the programme to find out which member of the team to follow. Follow the @Jisc Twitter account for updates on activity from around the site.
Robert Haymon-Collins, Jisc’s executive director customer experience and one of the event’s online hosts said:
“Whilst there’s no replacement for attending an event in person, our livestreaming highlights, combined with delegate and speaker interviews, provide a great opportunity to take part in the Jisc Digital Festival.
Being able to deliver the event through multiple online channels means that as many people as possible have the chance to discover the latest innovations in digital technologies for education and research.”
If you are tweeting, blogging or sharing photos, videos or other materials related to this event, please use the event hashtag #digifest14.
Students offered £5k grants for innovative ideas to improve education, research and student life.
Registration opens today for this year’s Summer of Student Innovation, offering digitally savvy further and higher education (FE and HE) students the chance to create technology solutions that could change the education landscape forever.
The Summer of Student Innovation is a Jisc co-design programme with RLUK; RUGIT; SCONUL; UCISA and ALT. Successful entrants will receive a £5,000 grant from Jisc to develop their ideas further, with the aim of improving students’ creative design, research, entrepreneurial and project management skills.
The successful entrants will be announced in July and given opportunities to join networking workshops with fellow students and experts to further their ideas. Volunteer education organisations will trial the technology developed and those products that are successful will be provided to other interested parties through sustainable routes.
Sharing why RUGIT designed to be a co-design partner in the Summer of Student Innovation, John Shemilt, director of IT at Imperial College London commented:
“It may sound like an obvious answer, but those most likely to know what students want are students themselves. Giving our bright generation of young people full credit for their ideas and an ongoing role in their development will improve student satisfaction and engagement and potentially uncover the entrepreneurs of the future.”
To enter, students must submit a two to five minute video pitch on the Jisc Elevator website alongside a short summary and a 300-500 word description which includes details on the benefits of their idea and its impact on research and education. To be considered for funding, entrants must hit a target of 500 votes before 30 May 2014. Voting is open to everyone but votes must come from 15 different FE and HE institutions.
The winners’ ideas will be showcased later this year to FE and HE IT directors, learning technologists, librarians and commercial companies, offering them the chance to learn more about the benefits of these newly-developed technologies.
“Technological developments should not only come from academics, college and university managers and organisations operating in the education sector but from the ground up, enabling an internal and needs-led perspective. After the success of last year’s Summer of Student Innovation, we’re sure this year will be even bigger and better.
We look forward to receiving more creative ideas in different areas to support young people in improving the way they and their classmates interact with technology in their education.”
The deadline to apply for the Jisc Summer of Student Innovation is 30 May 2014.
Jisc will be showcasing a number of exciting and futuristic projects at its inaugural Digital Festival. The purpose-built Technology Garden will display the latest innovations in education and research through a series of live demonstration and talks.
The Jisc Digital Festival is a two day event that will take place at the ICC Birmingham from 11-12 March 2014, designed to celebrate the best in digital technologies and explore the future trends that will impact education and research.
In the Technology Garden, visitors will experience a variety of presentations including a 3D printing and scanning demonstration from The British Geological Survey (BGS) of the world’s first 3D virtual fossil collection. The GB3D Type Fossils Online project, funded by Jisc, has developed a single database of macrofossil species and subspecies specimens found in the UK. This includes links to photographs and laser scans to produce a selection of 3D digital models. The collection aims to provide an incredible insight into the history of life on Earth, providing a record of the evolution of creatures, how continents were once connected, and how environments across the globe have transformed.
Visitors will also have the chance to view the specialist collection of Digitised Diseases, a web-searchable 3D record of chronic diseases that affect the skeleton, using archaeological and historical exemplars from world-renowned collections housed in the Biological Anthropology Research Centre, at the University of Bradford and the Museum of London Archaeology and Royal College of Surgeons of England. These digitised records combined with current clinical knowledge will make it easier to view, manipulate and safeguard these valuable type-specimens, as well as develop a more detailed understanding of the progression of diseases.
Working closely with the academic community to foster innovation, Microsoft Research will also be in the Technology Garden demonstrating their Kinect sign-language translator which enables communication between signer and non-signer, as well as translation between different sign languages. Visitors will also have the chance to hear about the team’s Windows Azure for Research programme which is helping researchers discover how cloud computing can expand their work in environmental science, humanities, research data management and infrastructure.
Also on show in the Technology Garden will be the SCARLET project, an initiative which enhances the experience of studying first-hand medieval manuscripts, landmark editions and modern literary archives using augmented reality, ‘surrounding’ the pages with digitised content; images, texts, online learning resources and related information. Matt Ramirez, technical lead on The SCARLET project will be delivering an interactive presentation on this.
With demand for open data growing, delegates visiting the Technology Garden will also have the chance to listen to a presentation from Chris Gutteridge, linked open data architect at the University of Southampton and creator of Data.ac.uk. He will speak about how the higher education community can best use the wealth of data it has access to.
In addition, visitors will be able to learn more about BatMobile, an ambitious new project which identifies bats from their ultrasonic calls using a smartphone and an external microphone. Using the GPS signal from a smartphone, the information gathered will provide researchers with accurate information about species distributions which can be used to support national research programmes and inform conservation policy.
Rather appropriately, the Technology Garden will also showcase Leaf Watch, a citizen science app which enables the public to help academics at the universities of Bristol and Hull to identify the UK horse chestnut trees damaged by a species of moth.
Commenting on the current lineup of projects, presentations and demonstrations in the Technology Garden, Rachel Bruce, director of technology innovation at Jisc said:
“The Jisc Digital Festival marks an exciting return for us to the conference circuit, promoting the best of what the UK has to offer in digital innovation. The Technology Garden gives attendees a chance to see first-hand the great work being done across the sector in using technology to enhance learning, teaching and research as well as technology innovations of the future.”
The four speakers, who have gained huge accolades in their respected fields, are Sugata Mitra, TED winner and pioneer behind the Hole in the Wall project; Diana Oblinger, the CEO of non-profit organisation, EDUCAUSE; Paul Curran, vice-chancellor of City University London and former NASA researcher; and, completing the lineup, Ray Hammond, a futurologist who wrote The Modern Frankenstein (1986), the world’s first book to predict the importance of genetic engineering.
The speakers will be addressing delegates, including key decision-makers within universities and colleges. Their keynote talks will be focused on a diversity of topics designed to provoke discussion around the role of digital technology in education institutions, and how it can improve student experience.
Speaker Diana Oblinger, CEO of EDUCAUSE said:
“I’m looking forward to attending and speaking at the Digital Festival in March. My talk will involve a landscape exploration; looking at some of the exciting things happening in higher education and some of the key developments which will serve as a game-changer to the sector.
While higher education is not a homogenous community, we do share many similar issues and ideals. In the US we have some research programmes that we feel could benefit from the input of our colleagues in the UK and elsewhere. As well as sharing my insight, I hope to come away from the Digital Festival with tangible and innovative ideas on how we can collectively advance the use of information technology in higher education.”
“Following a two year break from our annual conference, the Jisc Digital Festival represents a fresh new event for the sector. We have worked hard on developing a programme that encompasses the achievement and innovation that is enhancing education and opening the door to exciting new possibilities in teaching and learning.
The headline speakers embody the purpose of this festival, which is all about sharing cutting-edge ideas and best practice. I am confident that visitors to the event will come away with useful advice they can implement in their institutions.”
Key programme highlights include demos and surgeries, practical hands-on workshops and a ‘Technology Garden’ featuring the latest innovations for education and research including 3D printing and augmented reality. The Digital Festival will also include a ‘startup’ zone with some of the UK’s leading technology talent.
Jisc was established to support education institutions in effectively adopting digital technologies and to help position the UK at the centre of digitally advanced education and research. The Jisc Digital Festival is aimed at HE and FE senior managers, library professionals, teachers, policy makers, IT experts, academics and learning technologists.
Earlybird registration discount available until 14 February 2014.
In 2012 the Finch report examined how to expand and improve access for everyone to international peer-reviewed research. The letter addresses the November 2013 review by former members of the Finch Group of the work undertaken since then.
In the letter the minister recognises that the total cost to research institutions will rise under a fully gold open access model. This is because, on top of paying article fees, they will need to continue to maintain their subscriptions to hybrid journals for access to international research.
The Government "looks to the publishing industry to develop innovative and sustainable solutions", which should involve a "meaningful proportion of an institution's total [article processing charges] with a publisher" being "offset against total subscription payments with that publisher".
We acknowledge the minister's statement that "Government welcomes efforts by Jisc Collections to develop sustainable funding models that establish a relationship between the payment of APCs (and the costs of administering them) and subscription fees for an institution." Jisc looks forward to working constructively with the publishers of hybrid journals to explore and implement sustainable systems that will offset the additional costs of article processing charges. Some publishers have already established schemes of their own and we are in active discussions with many others about ways to put this into practice.
We also welcome the opportunity for further work on the development of licence extensions to the benefit of small and medium enterprises.