By Stephen Downes
September 23, 2004

Australia 04
Greetings from Darwin, Australia, where it is very warm. I was interviewed on Darwin radio this morning and am giving a talk at the museum this evening. Tomorrow, it's off to Kakadu. This link takes you to some small versions of my photos, if you don't mind rooting around in the image directory - I just don't have th bandwidth to send larger ones. By Stephen Downes, Stephen's Web, September 24, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

NLII Web Site
The EDUCAUSE NLII website has been redesigned and, I am told, will be updated every two weeks. In this day and age, it should be updated every day. You can also view the NLII Annual Review now on the site. By Various Authors, September, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Presence Applications Poised for Takeoff
This article begins, "There is a killer on the loose under the covers of instant messaging... The killer app is presence." That may be, but what there isn't in instant messaging is interoperability - oh, I know, you can get Trillian, but true interoperability means letting me keep my ICQ and letting me still talk to MSN Messenger members. I think presence is a good thing, but like any good thing, too much of it is a bad thing. The mantra of this article is 'integrated presence' - but, keep in mind, this has been around a while and hasn;t really gained traction. So - a cautious endorsement of the general principles of this article, with the observation that another technological leap is required to make this really work. Via elearningpost. By John Fontana, Network World, September 6, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

DCMI Status Report March-September 2004
A compendium of many recent activities, this report is notable in particular for a briewf description of the DCMI Education initiative. By Makx Dekkers, DCMI, Sepotember 20, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Rights Expression Languages: A Report for the Library of Congress
Useful and crystal-clear, this document surveys the four major digital rights languages (CreativeCommons, METSRights, Open Digital Rights Language (ODRL), and MPEG-21, Part 5 (MPEG-21/5) aka XrML) and looks at a wide variety of other initiatives such as PRISM, Adobe Content Manager (ACM), Electronic Resource Management Initiative (ERMI) and much much more. Not overly long but containing a wealth of detail, this document is suitable for presentation to executive types when they ask why you haven't implemented digital rights management yet. PDF. By Karen Coyle, February, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

A Virtual Visit to MoodleMoot Ireland & Glasgow Moodles Onwards
MoodleMoot is the name given to the proceedings of the Moodle users' conference - Moodle is an open source learning management system that is gaining traction in the educational community. This MoodleMoot is from Ireland, and the author links to the streaming video of the event - and provides useful time point highlights for those who don't have the four hours to sit through waiting for the good bits. By Graham Blacker, Auricle, September 23, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

RSS Support in CourseForum and ProjectForum
Ask and you shall receive. Yesterday I wrote that "My plan is to put together (or convince someone to put together) a small addition to wiki software that allows a wiki page to import an RSS feed." Today Mark writes in to say that it has been done in CourseForum and ProjectForum. The reason I missed it, of course, is that these are commercial products (with a free version) that, while they are very clearly based on wiki technology, are not exactly wikis. I would expect (right Mark?) that the RSS mod will be put back into the open source wiki community so that others can use it too. By Unattributed, CourseForum Technologies, September, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

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