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by Stephen Downes
November 14, 2007

Utrecht at Night

Photos from Utrecht, the Netherlands, at night. Stephen Downes, Flickr November 14, 2007 [Link] [Tags: ] [Comment]

Free Learning and Control Learning
The video of my talk here in Utrecht has been uploaded on Google Video. The website has had problems all day, so the playback may not be reliable. Nonetheless, it is there. Stephen Downes, Google Video November 14, 2007 [Link] [Tags: , , ] [Comment]

Social Media: 10 Principles of Social Object Design
Teemu Arina is talking about 'social objects'. On John Searle's theory "social objects are higher order objects whose inferiora are constituted by physical objects, which account for their apparent concreteness." The use of physical objects seems to be optional; "there is a great number of social objects - complex entities such as states, universities or corporations - which don't seem to have any obvious physical realization." We need, on my view, to understand that social objects - and therefore their physical counterparts - are fictions, no matter how real they may seem. See also Barry Smith talking about social objects and reductionism - which, I would take it, has the consequence of making the 'objects' of our perception fictions as well - or, to take Gibson, as real as anything else we think is real. Alex de Carvahlo, Slideshare November 14, 2007 [Link] [Tags: , ] [Comment]

Attention Profiling: APML Beginner's Guide
Personal attention metadata is "...consolidated, structured descriptions of people's interests and dislikes. The information about your interests and how much each means to you (ranking) is stored in a way so that computers and web-based services can easily read it, interpret it, process it and pass it on should you request and permit them to do so." It is what I have called "second party metadata", that is, metadata created by the user of a resource. As this article shows, we are now entering a period where this is becoming more important. Do take a look at this item; it is a comprehensive overview of the concept. See also Michael Pick, Master New Media November 14, 2007 [Link] [Tags: ] [Comment]

CETIS has launched a new web page design, a very nice clean look with news and blog posts (and an RSS feed, naturally). The site gives much better access to articles like this one on ontologies and use cases. Various Authors, CETIS November 14, 2007 [Link] [Tags: , , , , ] [Comment]


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