Stephen's Web

By Stephen Downes
May 31, 2002

Elements of a Distributed Learning Object Repository Network Powerpoint slides from my presentation at AMTEC today. I take a student's eye view of what a distributed learning object repository would look like, then describe the system architecture that supports such a system. Interwoven through the presentation is a set of arguments that show why an open and distributed system is preferable to the big box LCMS approach. By Stephen Downes, Stephen's Web, May 31, 2002 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Cut-and-Paste Can Be Sticky The point of this article is to suggest that sites that cut and paste from original content to create their listings may be skirting the edge of copyright. The discussion concentrates on site FAQs (an odd choice, because the judgement was that the copying was not a copyright violation) but it could equally be applied to all sites. For my part, I think that cut-and-paste weblog listings are skirting the edge of legality and that such sites are at least running the risk of litigation. My advice (and this is pointed directly to Distance-Educator.Com and elearningpost): put quotes arount the text you copied, and add an attribution. By Michael S. Overing, Online Journalism review, May 29, 2002 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Connections 2002 Cisco is making a number of their keynote addresses available on the net starting May 30. This series is "focused on helping service providers leverage their existing network infrastructure to increase productivity, reduce operating costs and deliver profitable new services to the marketplace." I saw one such Cisco keynote today at AMTEC... if you haven't yet, see my slide presentation from today (above), including the slide titled "Why Cisco's Plan Won't Work." By Various Authors, Cisco Systems, May 30, 2002 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Kartoo Way cool! Kartoo is a graphical search interface that shows not only your result but items closely related in web space - all in a nifty graphical interface (reasonably fast, too, even in 'slowed down' mode and even over the world's worst internet connection. WebReference writes, "Type in a query and up pops an interactive map with sized nodes and semantic links. Refining your query is easy. It's an interesting glimpse into the future "Semantic Web" Tim Berners-Lee envisioned." By Various Authors, April, 2002 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

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