By Stephen Downes
June 8, 2004

News on Demand
Busy day - shortish newsletter today. This first item is an introduction to RSS with good sets of comparative links to useful resources, such as generators and feed readers. By Bob Stepno, PC World, June 07, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

La Escritura Com Weblogs
Overview article desscribing the use of weblogs in education, introducing readers to things such as Blogger. In Spanish. By Glen Bull, Gina Bull and Sara Kajder, Eduteka, June 8, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

The Educated Blogger: Using Weblogs to Promote Literacy in the Classroom
Short article outlining the possible uses of blogging in the classrom. The author makes his case by pointing to the importance of storytelling and literacy in the classroom, then drawing the connection between blogs, literacy and storytelling. While it is true that some blogs exemplfy storytelling, there is no inherent link between the two, which weakens the author's case. By David Huffaker, First Monday, June, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Canadian Heritage - Gateway Fund Call for Proposals
For Canadian readers: "To increase access to all forms of diverse Canadian cultural expression, the Department of Canadian Heritage, through the Canadian Culture Online Program (CCOP), is launching this targeted call for proposals on a pilot basis. The CCOP seeks to fund projects presented by and with content about Canadian culturally diverse communities and Canadian Aboriginal Peoples. The primary objectives of the Gateway Fund are to: augment the amount of quality Canadian cultural content for the Internet; build audiences for that content by making it easy to find on the Internet; and engage Canadians in using the content and sharing their perspectives on Canadian events, people and values." By Press Release, Department of Canadian Heritage, June, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Extensible Repository Resource Locators (ERRoLs) for OAI Identifiers
In my article on RSS listed here yesterday I wrote, "It is only a matter of time before the RSS and OAI worlds merge." Today, Jeff Young wrote me to say, "You might be interested to learn that our ERRoL service does exactly that (among other things.) Any OAI repository registered in the OAI Registry at UIUC can be accessed as an RSS feed. Here is an example. Details can be found at the ERRoL project page." I ran some tests and the service is not yet ready for prime time, but it is an indication of what's to come. By Jeffrey Young, OCLC, June, 2003 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

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