By Stephen Downes
November 27, 2003

Pitch has launched. I'm not sure if the launch is formal yet, but you can access the online magazine and view three articles, including an introductory editorial by David Wiley and Brent Lambert, an article from George Siemens on open source content in education, and one of my articles, The Regina Declaration. Now what's really interesting about Pitch is the peer review system. "Pitch uses a democratic method of peer review where all readers participate in the review process. Instead of sending submitted articles away for 12 months of secret review by three individuals, Pitch allows your peers to review your work. In Pitch everyone 'pitches in' to rate papers submitted to the journal." Kudos to David and Brent for getting this off the ground, and my thanks to them for letting me be a part of it. I look forward to the discussion that will no doubt follow. By David Wiley & Brent Lambert, Pitch, November 27, 2003 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Natural Deselection: Not Even Microsoft Will Last Forever, but They Plan to Try
Good article advancing one theory about Microsoft's proposed DRM system (I say 'one theory' because I think this is only an aspect of the overall strategy, not the whole thing as the article implies). "Imagine a remote procedure call that goes out every time you are online. The RPC doesn't do anything but act as a key. The call goes out to some Microsoft server, but it is only returned if your OS and applications are legit and up-to-date. This is how piracy goes away, and how Microsoft plans to make more money by turning us all into Windows subscribers whether we want to or not. We'll see it first when you try to play a bootleg MP3 or that VCD image downloaded from Finland, but eventually your system won't work at all if you aren't on some kind of support contract and Microsoft gets paid twice." By Robert X. Cringley, I, Cringley, November 20, 2003 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

W4 k-collector
From the web page: "k-collector is an enterprise news aggregator that leverages the power of shared topics to present new ways of finding and combining the real knowledge in your organisation." A lot like Edu_RSS, this website aggregates RSS feeds and displays the results as a series of topic feeds. I like the 'what', 'where', 'who', 'when' organization of topics (hence 'W4') - especially since I'm one of the people listed in the 'who'. I ran into access problems trying to explore the site, so you may have to be persistent with this link. By Various Authors, Evectors, November, 2003 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

For edu.au Domain Name Holders
If you hold an edu.au domain name, you may have receceived a request from a company called Domain Names Australia Pty Ltd requesting payment for Internet domain names. Education.au writes, "Please be advised that this company has no relationship with education.au limited and is not associated in any way with the edu.au domain. The correspondence from Domain Names Australia Pty Ltd in no way affects any existing domain names that you have registered in the .edu.au domain space. If you have received such a correspondence, you are not required to pay." By Unknown, Domain Names Australia, November 27, 2003 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Roland Tanglao's Weblog
Following the fate of one of my articles this morning (aka 'vanity searching') I happened on Roland Tanglao's contribution to the blogsphere, a set of links each one better than the next. Great stuff for people interested in RSS, blogs and social networking. One link points to some useful conceptual work on smart content aggregators. Also be sure to read the Manifesto for community contributors on-line (scroll down a bit to find this item). By Roland Tanglao, Roland Tanglao's Weblog, November 27, 203 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

'Blogs in Education' Roundtable Discussion Topics
Lots of activity at the University of British Columbia these days. This item from Scott Leslie points to a useful summary of two roundtable discussion topics along with some links to examples of uses of blogs in education. By Scott Leslie, EdTechPost, November 27, 2003 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

New E-Learning Tools Make It Easy For faculty and Students to Create Media-Rich Learning Resources
"We’ve built learning object tools that in turn build learning objects themselves," said Warren Scott. "By doing that, dozens if not hundreds of other people can create timelines and save threaded discussions, which are actually learning objects. This creates exponential growth in the number of re-usable learning objects that can be re-used and re-purposed in other courses by other faculty and students." Cool. Via Scott Leslie, who also links to Michelle Lamberson, who links to the Timeline Tool and WebCT Discussion Extractor Tool described in the article. "This tool allows faculty and students to extract parts or all of that conversation and re-use it for other contexts." By Unknown, University of British Columbia, November 27, 2003 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

IMRC - Information Management Glossary
I've been trying to find this item for a while, so now that I've found it (thannks to the release of a new revision) I'm going to make sure it's listed here. This bibliography of technical terms is useful not only for the definitions but also for the French language translations. Thus I now know that an 'application profile' is a 'profil d’application'. By Various Authors, Treasury Board of Canada, November 17, 2003 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

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