By Stephen Downes
July 14, 2004

Fair Use and Academic Publishing
Transcript from today's discussion at the Chronicle on the subject of the abuse of fair use (this follows from the article I posted here yesterday). Wendy Seltzer iterates the main point again: "Even when it's very likely that a short quotation would be 'fair,' publishers are afraid to litigate and afraid of the potential damages if they lost." By Richard Byrne, Chronicle of Higher Education, July 14, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Learning Material Repositories - Rafts or Battleships? - Part 1
I thought about waiting for Part 2 to come out before linking to both, but I'm too impatient. "I want my educational applications populated from a 'proper' learning object repository," writes author Derek Morrison. "Don't I? That was the mission, but here's the findings and thinking so far." What follows is a romp through the state of the nation of learning object repository development, concluding with a certain writer's recent remarks about battleships. Now you see why I want to see Part 2... By Derek Morrison, Auricle, July 14, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Dummies Guide to Change
The link from Harold Jarche's blog to Dummies Guide to Change wasn't working when I last tried it - the web server at Typepad appears to be down - but save this one and try it again in a day or so. The concepts discussed - things like the Power Law and the Tipping Point - are important concepts emanating from the study of networks (and in particular, social networks). These are early days for a field that will be of increasing importance as people try to understand why things like the blogosphere and RSS work so quickly and so well when there was no central authority driving them forward. If this catches your interest, Mark Buchanan's book Nexus: Small Worlds and the Groundbreaking Theory of Networks is a pretty easy read and will fill in a lot of the gaps. For the real deal and some daunting mathematics, follow the other paper cited by Jarche, Fang Wu and Bernardo A. Huberman's Social Structure and Opinion Formation. By Harold Jarche, Jarche Consulting, July 12, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

15 Ways To Read An RSS Feed
A lot of readers won't need this, but if you still don't knopw how to read an RSS file, this article is for you. Go to one of the browser-based sites listed at the top of the list; you don't need to install any software. Most sites have a list of RSS feeds you can choose from, but if yiu want you can always use mine (right-click to copy the link address or shortcut, then paste it into the form where you add a feed). By Steve Shaw, WebPro News, July 13, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Tech, Hollywood Heavyweights Create Content Coalition
We may shortly see just how much muscle the major corporations have when it comes to digital rights. "High-profile technology companies and movie studios are expected to announce Wednesday that they have formed a coalition to ensure that high-definition video and other content cannot be pirated in home networks... initial members include IBM, Intel, Sony, Microsoft, Warner Bros., Disney and Panasonic." This coalition represents just about all the computers and software people buy and just about all the entertainment people watch. By John Borland, CNet News.com, July 13, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Online Education in the Humanities
Posted on DEOS: "Just learned of new Higher Education Ed Tech listserv here at H-Net: Online Education in the Humanities. "This network is intended for discussion of the ways in which online courses may be used to teach literature, art, philosophy, music, history, psychology, social science and related subjects." By Various Authors, H-Net, July, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

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