By Stephen Downes
January 28, 2004

Laszlo Soundblox
It's all day talk radio for blogphiles, and it eases the burden of writing for those who want to get their thoughts online. The first of much more we'll see like this over the course of the year, this blog describes a system that allows people to blog using their voice, not their pen. By Various Authors, January, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Prepaid Tuition Plan Faces $70 Million Deficit
Gosh, I don't want to say I told you so, but when this was first introduced I opined in these pages that it was a really bad idea. Now look. Maryland's system faces a $70 million deficit, and it's still early in the game. Other states will face similar problems. Now I'm wondering whether this will be the catalyst that triggers the crisis in education funding, the one where legislators pull the plug and eliminate the university system's monopoly on credentials. By Ivan Penn and Eileen Ambrose, Baltimore Sun, January 27, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Big Music's Worst Move Yet
When Business Week turns on you, then you know you're in trouble (unless you're part of the socialist horde, in which case, you expect the attack). So the music industry should start looking at its options as the writers assert that it has already "lost the war". How so? "The culture of fear and loathing that the RIAA has created is starting to put encryption on the must-have list of every Joe and Jane Internet user. The results will be wide-ranging and will pose a threat to the movie industry, the software industry, and just about any other industry involved with the creation and sale of intellectual property." Oh well - there's always hardware. You can't download that. And maybe the free content will help it sell. By Alex Salkever , Business Week, January 27, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

ePrints Handbook
This handbook is intended as a guide to self publishing on the internet. Major topics include a researchers guide to self archiving, a guide to open access, a guide to managing an eprints service, and an installation guide. The Handbook was commissioned by the Open Society Institute. This is a great and timely resource. By Les Carr, eprints.org, January, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

e-Learning Resource Centre
Content village has added an e-learning section to their site. Contains links to portals, events, online news, some articles, glosaries and resources. By Various Authors, Content Village, January, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Thought Leader Forum
Maish found the link to this item and correctly observes that the "Concept Cards" are the best part of the piece. But the papers are also valuable and should not be overlooked. Take the time to look at this site: some good insights on scientific reasoning here, including some things I harp on in these pages: the dangers of prediction in complex environments, the role of synchronization, self organizing networks, and the importance of diversity. When you look at a presentation like this, articles on geology, phamacology, economics, what leaps out at you are the similarities, the patterns connecting disparate phenomena. By Anita McGahan, Credit Suisse First Boston, January, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

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