By Stephen Downes
May 5, 2003

Corante on Blogging
After much urging (including a missive from your truely) Corante has finally added RSS feeds for its regular blogs. There's a full list here; some of them will be added to Edu_RSS (which is growing rapidly and will soon be getting subject-specific channels in order to handle the volume). By Hylton Jolliffe, Cornate, May 5, 2003 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

RSS Feeds Into Blackboard
A demonstration of RSS feeds in Blackboard. Screenshots and scripts. Heh. So much for vendor-specific libraries of content. By Alan, Cogdogblog, May 5, 2003 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Software Bullet Is Sought to Kill Musical Piracy
I think that this is more of a scare tactic than anything real. But according to this report, the music industry is "quietly financing the development and testing of software programs that would sabotage the computers and Internet connections of people who download pirated music, according to industry executives." It's not clear that the industry is on safe legal ground. "Some of this stuff is going to be illegal," said Lawrence Lessig, a professor at Stanford Law School who specializes in Internet copyright issues. "It depends on if they are doing a sufficient amount of damage. The law has ways to deal with copyright infringement. Freezing people's computers is not within the scope of the copyright laws." It would certainly seem to undermine industry's position against hacking should they use such tactics as a political tool. I'm not sure they would be successful in a war against the world's best - most of whom are lined up against them - in any case. By Andrew Ross Sorkin, New York Times, May 4, 2003 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

College Students Bond Over File-Swapping Suit
Students at the normally conservative Michigan Technological University rallied in support of one of their colleagues after he was sued by the RIAA for sharing online music. This item is significant because it shows the huge task facing the RIAA: how do you convince their entire subscriber base that what they're doing is wrong? This task becomes a lot harder when, from the students' point of view, it is manifestly not wrong. By Stanley A. Miller II and Dean Egan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinal, May 4, 2003 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Access Management, the Key to a Portal
The authors describe exactly the wroing way to go about creative a subject-specific portal with access to a wide range of materials, but because so many people are interested in this model the paper is of some relevance. At the heart of this model is a bilateral agreement between the institution and the content provider. Then, through a cascading ladder of user authentication procedures an individual at the institution can access protected and encrypted information from the provider. This hasn't worked anywhere else in online content; I don't understand why people think it will work in education. By Francisco Pinto and Michael Fraser, Ariadne, May, 2003 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

RSS - Sharing Online Content Metadata
Overview article looking at the use of RSS to create content sites and portals. Good list of references. By Peter Cliff, Cultivate Interactive, July, 2002 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Syndicated Content: It's More Than Just Some File Formats
This article is an introduction to the use of RSS for the syndication of content. After a description of the format, with some XML examples, the author provides a number of practical recommendations about the type of RSS to use, the nature and number of listings to provide, and comments on clarity of comment. By Paul Miller, Ariadne, May, 2003 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

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