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November 22, 2010

Indictment for an open Web, governed by standards
Robert Gregoire, Blogue du GTA, November 22, 2010.

A lot of people, Robert Gregoire among them (translated into English, original French), are echoing Tim Berners-Lee's call for an open web of data. Berners-Lee writes, "The Web evolved into a powerful, ubiquitous tool because it was built on egalitarian principles and because thousands of individuals, universities and companies have worked, both independently and together as part of the World Wide Web Consortium, to expand its capabilities based on those principles.. But "Some of its most successful inhabitants have begun to chip away at its principles. Large social-networking sites are walling off information posted by their users from the rest of the Web."

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ADDIE Backwards Planning Model
Donald Clark, Big Dog, Little Dog, November 22, 2010.

For people who have heard of the 'ADDIE' learning development model, and wanting to know what it is, you would be hard-pressed to find a nicer concise description than this one.

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MyNotes - Things You Really Need to Learn
Miguel Guhlin, Around the Corner, November 22, 2010.

I guess some Twitterers have rediscovered by 2006 'Things You Really Need to learn' article (one person called it 'dated', but by that I assume they mean 'old', not 'irrelevant') and Miguel Guhlin posted this nice summary. Maybe I should post it in my Huffington Post blog for a wider readership?

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Free Agents in UK: Militant Optimists and Positive Disruptors
Beth Kanter, Beth's Blog, November 22, 2010.

files/images/gogetfish.gif, size: 19055 bytes, type:  image/gif I like this: Beth Kanter "with Nick Booth and Steve Bridger... discussed the idea of Free Agents in the UK. Nick said they existed but they used a different phrase, 'Militant Optimists' – a term that was inspired by the book Handmade by Tessy Britton and coined by Dave Barrie. Nick describes them as 'People doing good things because it made sense to it. They get on with it regardless of what the system says.' Interesting, challenging but remarkable people Steve Bridger also pointed another type of Free Agent, working from the inside of NGOs called a positive disruptor." Good links, good content.

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Facebook Messages: The Worst Thing That Ever Happened
Sarah Jacobsson Purewal, PC World, November 22, 2010.

I already knew I wasn't signing up for Facebook email - why give up my wonderful personal email address? But if I hadn't made that decision already, this article, which calls Facebook's email "the worst thing that ever happened" might have changed my mind. No subject lines, no deletions, and you get mail from strangers: it's like a system built especially for spammers.

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