By Stephen Downes
March 4, 2004

Standards Matter
This publication missed me with its first two issues, but the third showed up in Edu_RSS today and I'm glad it did, as it pointed me to things like the new IMS RSS feed, the IEEE standard for runtime services communication (in which I learn that IEEE calls Javascript "ECMAScript" (for no good reason, so far as I can tell), the Australia Research Repositaries Online to the World (ARROW) project, and much, much more. The newsletter doesn't itself seem to have an RSS feed, but if they keep announcing issues through EdNA's feed, I'll be happy (not as happy as I could be, but happy). By Various Authors, EdNA, March, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

What Is RSS-Blog-Furl High School Missing?
Reacting to yesterday's visiopning article by Will Richardson, Morning at RSS-Blog-Furl High School, the Shifted Librarian comments, " the only time the library shows up in Will's post is when the teacher unsubscribes from the library's feed!" Quite right - and as she accurately points out, library services may become obsolete unless they make the shift from traditional place-based resource collections to the sort of personalized online data services people are going to want. By Jenny Levine, The Shifted Librarian, March 4, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

CCH Canadian Ltd. v. Law Society of Upper Canada
As Michael Geist summarizes, "the court now appears to be considering all copyright law interpretation through the lens of balancing user rights with creators rights. This is an important ruling. Note this: "Under s. 29 of the Copyright Act, fair dealing for the purpose of research or private study does not infringe copyright. 'Research' must be given a large and liberal interpretation in order to ensure that users' rights are not unduly constrained, and is not limited to non-commercial or private contexts." That's what we like to see. By Supreme Court of Canada, March 4, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Where Are Open Source Course Management Systems Being Used?
Good item by Scott Leslie as he attempts to dispell the 'Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt' (FUD) being spready about open source course management systems. By Scott Leslie, EdTechPost, March 4, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

What Newspapers and Their Web Sites Must Do to Survive
If you produce content of any type, you need to read Vin Crosbie's (long awaited) advice to the newspaper industry: "For its survival, the newspaper industry must produce and automatically deliver, wired and wirelessly, entirely intact and individually customized editions that are smaller, vertically formatted, and that combine the graphical layout capabilities of print and the interactive multimedia capabilities of the Web, and flow to fit any display screen or printed paper size." There's a lot more in this article, but the essence is clear: personalize or die. Don't forget to look at the rest of OJR's Future of News coverage as well. By Vin Crosbie, Online Journalism Review, March 4, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

ICQ Builds a Social Network
An interesting twist to the social networking software story unfolds today as ICQ launches an a social networking site. Yes, ICQ, the instant messaging program now owned by America Online. "Dubbed ICQ Universe, the new service banks on the growing popularity of social networking with hopes of leveraging the ICQ network's 175 million subscribers." And as ICQ representatives say, "To a certain extent ICQ was already a social network so it's not like we had to start from scratch ... this is a natural extension for us." By Scarlet Pruitt, PC World, March 4, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Email 'Leak' Suggests SCO Got up to $100m From MS
There are reverberations through the open source community today as a website prints what it suggests is a "leaked memo" showing that Microsoft put up $100 million to help SCO pursue its lawsuits and undermine Linux. If there is anything to this, it would mean that Microsoft is up to its ears in the 'dirty tricks' department. Meanwhile, SCO's lawsuits - most recently against high profile Linux users AutoZone and DaimlerChrysler - are costing much more than they're earning, leading some to say the company is doing everything wrong. By John Lettice, The Register, March 4, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Why Engage in E-science?
This is about right: "there is a revolution going on - the democratisation of science." This article looks at this from the point of view of librarians. The revolution is that one person uses another prson's data. But there is a lot of data, and it's constantly changing. The librarian's challenge is to enable access to this data. "Soon the volume of data in scientific data archives will 'vastly' exceed the information - journal articles etc - in current commercial databases." By Anonymous, Update, March, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

An Introduction to Personas and How to Create Them
The purpose of a persona is to create testing scenarios for software. The idea is to take research beyond market segments and to create a whole person out of the 'two and a half children'. For my part, I think that personas could be useful for much more than market research. I think a persona would be a great teaching tool. By Tina Calabria, Step Two Designs, March, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

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