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By Stephen Downes
March 20, 2004

Learning Objects Summit

Why an Extra Issue, you may ask? Partially because I got my inbox down to 14 items and want to keep it that way by sending these items along early. But mostly because I forgot to post the Learning Objects Summit item in yesterday's newsletter. Leaving it until Monday really makes for short timelines, so...

The Learning Objects Summit is the wrap-up conference showcasing eduSource, the national learning object repository network project build by numerous Canadian universities, agencies and businesses over the last two years. Taking place next week, the event is being held live in Fredericton and online via Interwise. I will be presenting the DRM system while others will discuss various other aspects of the eduSource network. Registration - online or off - is free. By Various Authors, March 29, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

TypeKey
The semantic social network takes another step forward with the announcemnt of TypeKey from SixApart. "As a TypeKey user, you get your own free TypeKey Profile Page, displaying only the information you choose to share." This profile allows you to comment on any number of websites and weblogs. Another, slightly different, effort to do the same sort of think is Loaf, which "is a simple extension to email that lets you append your entire address book to outgoing mail message without compromising your privacy." TypeKey might be widely adopted; Loaf won't. By Various Authors, SixApart, March 19, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Sunny Boy
Interesting post from XML guru about why he joined Sun and what he expects to do there. For Jay Cross: Tim Bray is also Canadian - so you can add XML (or at least, Tim Bray's part of it) to the list of Canadian contributions to the field. By Tim Bray, Ongoing, March 15, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

NSW Kicks Off E-learning System
Now this is an investment in e-learning! "The NSW (New South Wales) Department of Education and Training has rolled-out an AU$84 million e-learning system, providing 750,000 public school students and 51,000 teachers with their own e-mail addresses... the e-learning system was part of an AU$910 million, four-year program to install state-of-the-art IT services in NSW schools and TAFEs." By Kristyn Maslog-Levis, ZD Net, March 19, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Weblogs for Learning 2004
Overview of links related to weblogs in education. Nice list of links. You will need to enter your email address to view this item, an inconvenience that seems to serve no useful purpose. By Graeme Daniel, WWWTools, March 20, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Improving Peer Review: Who's Responsible?
Is peer review too important to be left to publishers. That's the interpretation Peter Suber gives to this article, which otherwise reads as a call for greater training for peer reviewers. There is no doubt that critical assessment is necessary for science to progress. One wonders, though, why it is then practiced by a small group of academics essentially in secret, before the article ever sees the light of day. By Frank Davidoff, BMJ, March, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Donald Trump Seeks to Copyright 'You're Fired' Catchphrase
I don't know how many times the phrase has been used throughout history, but it must be some. But despite it being in common currency, Donald Trump wants to copyright the phrase "You're fired!" Once again, the absurdity of the current system displays itself. By AFP, ABC News, March 19, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Dive Into Markdown
What converted RSS from an obscure XML format to the widely popular specification it is today? Very simply - tools started to use it: blogging softwrae, on the one end, and headline readers on the other. Which means that people do not even need to think about RSS in order to be using it. In the same spirit is this article, which argues against the need to have to think - and write - in HTML. By John Gruber, Daring Fireball, March 18, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

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