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by Stephen Downes
November 20, 2008

What Happens When Google Kills Your Student Project: The Death of Google Lively
Major price increases at Second Life. Google's Lively being shut down. Once again, we see the risk of putting our projects into the hands of private third-party entities. Vicki A. Davis, Cool Cat Teacher Blog, November 20, 2008 [Link] [Tags: , , ] [Comment]

VRM Is Personal
VRM stands for 'Vendor Relationship Management'. Doc Searls writes, 'here's the challenge: make the Net personal. Make relationships personal. Equip individuals with tools of independence and engagement. That's what VRM is about." VRM, then, in my books, is the idea behind the personal learning environment. Doc Searls, ProjectVRM Blog, November 20, 2008 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]

Blog Networking Study: Interviews
This is an interesting set of knowledge-management (KM) bloggers (there's sufficient overlap with the online education community that a number of them will be familiar to readers of OLDaily). The interviews cover the "professional background of a participant and characteristics of her network in KM field prior to blogging; changes in the network or networking practices because of blogging; uses of weblogs for developing, maintaining and activating relations as a starting point for articulating stages of the process at more granular level; and place of the weblog in the ecosystem of networking tools." Lilia Efimova, Mathemagenic, November 20, 2008 [Link] [Tags: , , ] [Comment]

Internet Not the Child-Devouring Swamp Many Adults Fear
Could be a bigger study, but the conclusions are in accord with my own intuitions. "A three-year research project... finds that the stereotypical idea of the Internet as a soul-devouring, anti-social wasteland for our kids is just plain wrong. If you suspected otherwise, now you know you were right." Here's the link to the study website. More from Joi Ito. David Weinberger, Joho the Blog, November 20, 2008 [Link] [Tags: , , ] [Comment]

Europeana launches today. Europeana provides links you to 2 million digital items representing the range of European culture. Here is the Europana press pack. Here is the enabling resolution (both via Peter Suber). Rob Davies describes the infrastructure for adding local content in Ariadne. The website has already been overwhelmed by users. Various Authors, Website, November 20, 2008 [Link] [Tags: ] [Comment]

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