By Stephen Downes
March 25, 2005

Encyclopedic Knowledge
For the record: Encyclopedia Brown was a literary influence on me in my childhood. By Heath Row, Fast Company Now, March 25, 2005 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

LazyWeb Query: Are Creative Commons Licenses Legal?
A post by Tim Bray led me to Bob Wyman's post on the Atom discussion list about the use of Creative Commons in Atom, which led me to this blog post questioning whether the use of Creative Commons license is legal at all. The answer, of course, is maybe. To this post I attached a longish comment describing and linking to the use of rights expression in Dublin Core and RSS, advocating one again the use of pointers or references. By Bob Wyman, As I May Think..., March 24, 2005 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Wrong, Wrong and Wrong: Math Guides Are Recalled
It's OK... I have trouble iwth speling too... All I can say is: aren't officials glad the texts were emailed rather than printed and shipped? By Susan Saulny, New York Times, March 25, 2005 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Trends in North American E-Learning
Rory McGreal sends along the link to this presentation on learner demographics and the rise of online learning. The talk is focused on the United States but points to some resources worldwide. What I like is the author's line of argumentation, showing as she does that open education, such as the OpenCourseware initiatives, is the best way to approach e-learning in the future. What I don't like is the use of Flash to mount a set of slides - you may eventually find the controls in the upper right corner, which helps, but it is an awkward, cumbersome and needless use of a user-hostile interface. By Sally Johnston, LearnTec 2005, February 15, 2005 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

DCMI and ODRL A Discussion Paper
How should the Open Digital Rights Language (ODRL) and Dublin Core work together? This is the topic of meetings between the two groups and of this discussion paper. It is worth noting that the mechanism used by Dublin Core to refer to a Creative Commons (CC) license - a pointer to the relevant CC document within the dcterms:license element - is the approach I favour for rights expression generally. Comments may be made to the odrl-dcmi mailing list. By Andy Powell, UKOLN, University of Bath, March, 2005 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

CanCore Guidelines v 2.0: Electronic Bi-Lingual Version now Available
Norm Friesen writes: "CanCore released its 2.0 Guidelines in both French and English less than a year ago. These documents have since been available, free of charge, in PDF format from the CanCore Website. Now these guidelines are also available in three different dynamic formats." The versions are: a full-text searchable version, allowing users to locate particular terms and sections in the guidelines; a dynamic version, allowing users to view only certain parts of the CanCore guidelines; and a "help screen" version of the guidelines, provided specifically for use in software tools. By Norm Friesen, CanCore, March 24, 2005 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

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