By Stephen Downes
February 18, 2004

The Dynamic Dissemination of Complex Digital Objects
If you are not into complicated systems architecture you won't get a lot out of this item. For the rest of us, this paper demonstrates the use of the MPEG-21 DIP and the NISO OpenURL formats for the distribution of complex objects in an OAI repository. As the authors conclude, "OpenURL has so far only been used to deliver services that were calculated based on metadata that describes a referenced resource. In the proposed solution, the services are based on the resource itself." The sort of thing enabled by this architecture is that the designer of a resource can code, say, a 'link' to the institution's library services, and the link can direct to the appropriate library depending on the context in which the resource is being used (that is, if I understand this correctly, and I think I do). By Jeroen Bekaert, et.al., D-Lib Magazine, February, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

The Global Digital Format Registry
A useful initiative, the purpose of which is to collect the various digital formats being used to store institutional eprint and other archives. Via FOS news. By David Seaman, CLIR Issues, January, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Internet Places to Learn Developments Regarding the Restructuring of the Education Database of Articles and Reports: ERIC
ERIC, as most OLDaily readers will recall, was shut down at the end of last year. This post provides three major links to information about successor services: ERIC Reauthorization News, ERIC Connections, and ERIC Changes 2002. By David P. Dillard, NetGold, February 17, 2003 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Software on the Brain
I'm not going to recommend the report itself, since you have to pay money for it, but you should read this summary, as it touches on themes I've tried to explore in these pages. Significantly, "For 40 years we've been untangling Marshall McLuhan's insight that our media are just extensions of our central nervous system, but we have spent most of that time focused on the extensions and ignoring the nervous system itself." And "memory is no longer seen as a simple problem of storage and retrieval: Emotional states play a significant role in how memories are captured and when they are recalled." By Steven Johnson, Release 1.0, February, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

George Siemens wrote of my article, The Semantic Social Network, that it was written ahead of its time. I don't think so. Oddpost, for example, is an email and RSS aggregator combined into a single platform, just released. Meanwhile on my discussion board for this item, Eurekster "shows you What's Hot with your friends" and Zopto "is building on the idea of foaf + rss + open APIs. It's a web-based application for creating and managing for foaf file, and the basic framework for all the identity and collaborative tools that can build off RSS + Foaf." Meanwhile, the concept of merged feeds to cover a specific event got covered by Doc Searles today - no, not the Merlot feed I ran six months ago, but Dave Sifry's explanation of the Demo blog aggregation page he put up at Technorati - so now that it has been done down there, it has been officially 'invented' - no, I think I got the column off just in time, and I expect the A-List to discover this concept for themselves at any time. A fully functioning network will be in place by the end of the year. It could even be in place by the end of winter. By Various Authors, February, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

From the website: "The aim of the WonderWeb project is to develop and demonstrate the infrastructure required for the large-scale deployment of ontologies as the foundation for the Semantic Web." The site hosts free tools (click on 'software'), ontologies, and more. By Various Authors, February, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Incorporated Subversion: the Book
This project was started a week ago, but now there's enough content to see it taking shape. In his own words, "his is a project in which I'm aiming to design and collate a ton of plans for facilitating learning online for use by people teaching online with discussion boards, email and email groups, weblogs and rss, chat rooms and MOOs, IM and video conferencing." It's a good project, especially for those who want to get away from the sterile environment of the LMS. By James Farmer, February 18, 2004 7:01 a.m. [Refer][Research][Reflect]

TrackBack: Where Blogs Learn Their Places
Corrected link from yesterday. By Anonymous, February 18, 2004 7:00 a.m. [Refer][Research][Reflect]

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