By Stephen Downes
January 27, 2004

What is the Blog Revenue Model and Can Blogs Gather News as Opposed to Pontificate on it?
Roland posts this summary and link to a summary of discussions about blogs at the Davos economic forum, where their concern is (as usual) how to turn something into money. "This creates a classic free-rider problem. If the blogs eventually steal the mass media's audience (or at least, key parts of it) and the Internet as a whole continues to steal its revenues, there will come a time when those big, expensive news-gathering operations will become economically insupportable." Here's a clue: they are already economically unsupportable. We need to think about different ways of looking at news as opposed to through the big centralized amassers, hoarders and filters of Organized Content. Take this item: a meeting summary produced by a participant that works its way through the blogosphere. Parasitical? Sure - I wasn't at the meeting. Parasitical on the traditional media? No way - the media isn't touching this one. We need to recognize that there are alternative forms of news, where the participants make their own news, and that we no longer need media to do it for us. The same, by the way, goes for learning. By Roland Tanglao, Roland Tanglao's Weblog, January 26, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

The Bloated, Dysfunctional World of Enterprise Solutions
A little strongly worded, but it taps into my own sentiments on the subject: "And what do we have here? Novell Portal Services - "the industrial grade portal solution for all your enterprise needs"? Sounds solid, all right. Let's open the project management folder to have a closer look. I see: stability problems, deadline was 18 MONTHS ago, 200% over budget, thousands of lines of bad code to get plugins to work but failed anyway, total database crashes in the staging area, severe security problems - and all that for a portal project with almost no more features than a static website? Hm." The question purchasers must ask: Do I need to spend several hundred thousand dollars when there's a piece of off the shelf software for fifty bucks (or for free!) that will do the same thing? By thasmudyan , Kuro5hin, January 27, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Nice set of thoughts assembled in Wiki form on the way online teaching changes what teachers do. As the author quotes from David Wiley, "...while teaching in the classroom and teaching online are both teaching, this does not mean that they are the same. Imagine an Athletic Director telling the water polo team that beginning next semester they would be playing on horseback. 'Donít worry,' he tells them, 'itís still polo. You still need to score goals and keep the other team from scoring in order to win. Just use the same offensive and defensive strategies youíve been using for years. Iím sure youíll still be conferences champs at the end of the season.'" That's just about it. Brian will be presenting this at NLII - don't miss it if you're there. By Brian Lamb, UBCWiki, January 27, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Distributed Digital Rights Management
Slides from my online talk today with TeleEducation New Brunswick on the topic of of Distributed Digital Rights Managament, the DRM we are building here at NRC for the eduSource project (and everyone else). By Stephen Downes, Stephen's Web, January 27, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Digital Tweed
Syllabus advertised in today's newsletter a new blog by someone called Casey Green ("Sorry, you must be a registered user to view profiles" and that's all I know). It might have been a good idea to see if the blog was updated before advertising - the last entry in from December 4. Syllabus also has the oddest blogging software I have ever seen. Some piece is asp software. No RSS. Why didn't they just fork over a few bucks and get Moveable Type or something. Anyhow, I forward you this link so you can read both of Casey Green's blog posts. By Casey Green, Syllabus, December 4, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

E-learning Bodies in Historic Talks
Looks like the corporate e-learning community in Britain is getting together. This is similar to what happened in Canada with CELEA. I would reserve the word "historic" for meetings between heads of state, though. By Press Release, eLearning Network, January 27, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Economist Intelligence Unit Releases Global e-Learning Rankings
I have no idea why a company would issue a press release describing a new report without providing a link to the report, but that's what IBM does with this item. The IBM elearning site has a number of iteresting papers (no RSS feed for them though), but not this one. Anyhow: "According to the white paper, successful e-learning countries -- such as Sweden, Canada and the United States -- lead in broadband connectivity, mobile-phone usage, and PC penetration. These countries have a strong education system, traditions in job training, support for lifelong learning and a high rate of literacy. Successful e-learners have access to content -- library materials, newspapers, corporate information, government databases, and much more, online and in their native language. The final building block for success is the right culture." By Press Release, IBM, January 26, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

The future of personalization is in approaches like this site, which adapts to your choices and presents you news you are interested in. Brought to you by the same people who brought you Memigo (which I linked to yesterday). Great stuff. By Various Authors, January, 2003 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

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