By Stephen Downes
May 20, 2003

WEM Summary - Day One
I always get off the airplane with a cough and a runny nose - I am probably allergic to recycled air - and so I'm suffering today after a cross-Atlantic trip. Writing the day one summary of WEM is all I can manage for now - though for those of you who want to know, I searched for about two hours for something to put in today's newsletter, found nothing of interest, and I'm just tired of looking. Some days are just like that. Anyhow. A keynote about the European Commissions approach to learning, and five speakers at a panel on content development and the commercial content sector, and some photos too. Now I'm going to go lie down for a bit. By Stephen Downes, Stephen's Web, May 20, 2003 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

World Education Market
I am sitting in the press centre at the World Education Market in Lisbon, Portugal. It has been, oh, 24 or more hours since I have slept. I am using an odd keyboard which won't let me access email. I couldn't find my speakers' meeting. But I'm here. Email and full coverage begins tomorrow. Let's rock. Let's roll! By Stephen Downes, May 19, 2003 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

If You Want To Be in Google, You Gotta Be On The Web
The Google issue in a different light. Dave Winer wrote the above on Sunday. OLDaily readers will recall that I said the exact same thing on Friday. "Want Google rank?" I said, "Publish good stuff..." But it is, of course, Winer's version of the argument that is all over the Blogsphere. See, Google doesn't rank 'first' it ranks 'most' (the one interesting exception to this being Google news, where 'first' counts but 'accuracy' doesn't). And though many articles break first in the mainstream, they are discussed most in the Blogsphere. So I take back a bit of what I said Friday. The Google algorithm should attempt to trace - and credit - the origin of a meme. Otherwise we will be in a situation where, according to Google, Dave Winer is the originator of all thought. By Dave Winer, DaveNet, May 18, 2003 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Buried Treasure
"Why has Bill Gates stashed millions of the greatest images of the 20th century under a mountain in Pennsylvania?" On the one hand, critics allude to a desire to own much of 20th century history. On the other, however, is the fact that the photographs were disintegrating faster than they could be scanned. By Mary Battiata, Washington Post, May 18, 2003 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Microsoft to Buy Unix Technology From SCO Group
Say it ain't so. According to a report published in the Wall Street Journal, Microsoft is to license SCO's unix technology. The move is seen as indicative of Microsoft's desire to undercut open source in general. More... By Unknown, Dow Jones Business News, May 19, 2003 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

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