By Stephen Downes
May 18, 2005

Well there was no room at the inn in Fredericton, so I've been exiled to Mactaquac for an evening. Mind you, it didn't take a lot of arm twisting to get me to spend a day in the country on a beautiful spring day. So these are my photos from Mactaquac, in the Saint John River valey, about 20 minutes west of Fredericton. Enjoy. By Stephen Downes, Stephen's Web, May 18, 2005 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

There has been a flurry of interest around Ajax recently. Ajax, recall, is a set of Javascripts that support dynamic and interactive web pages. Roland Tanglao offers brief commentary and a link to a summary from the recent Ajax summit. Alan Levine of CogDogBlog sniffs out the new approach and gives us a summary and some links. By Various Authors, May, 2005 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Group And Multi-User Blog Platforms Compared
If you are considering the installation of a multi-user blog, it will be worth your while to read this article and dowload the report (free PDF, at the bottom of the article) comparing major multi-user blogging systems. By Luigi Canali De Rossi, Robin Good, May 16, 2005 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Netherlands HE Institutions Open Up Research Material
Some good digging to get at the details of the recent announcement that the universities in the Netherlands are setting up open access for all their publications. Graeme West lin ks to a bunch of items from Metafilter, notes that the effort is publicly funded (hence, no author fees), and even links to the XML format being used by the initiative. Great linkage. By Graeme West, Spoken Word Matters, May 14, 2005 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Blogsavvy - Your Professional Blogging Consultant
James Farmer continues his move toward setting up a range of services with the launch of Blogsavvy, a blog on creating effective blogs. "The business model goes like this... if you're interested in what I'm writing about and think I know what I'm doing then you can hire me to do blog workshops, assist with developing your blog strategy, come up with and implement blog solutions and even do you some savvy blog design." By James Farmer, incorporated subversion, May 17, 2005 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

MMCA Signed Cooporation Agreement With OMA
Progress in DRM for closed media formats as the MultiMediaCard Association (MMCA) announces an agreement with the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA). As Renato Ianella reports, "The agreement between the two organizations aims at enabling technical collaboration in order to design secure removable media based on Open Mobile Alliance DRM (Digital Rights Management)." By Mark Peters, Let's Go Digital, May 17, 2005 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Good Morning Silicon Valley Blog
Good Morning Silicon Valley (GMSV) used to be my pipeline into the inner workings of information technology in the late 90s. Then it disappeared behind a registration wall. Now it has re-emerged as a blog; no registration required. Life is good again. By Various Authors, May, 2005 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

The Real Roadblocks to Linux in Education
There has been a lot of talk about the use of open source software in learning, but movement in that direction in Australia has been slow. Why? According to this author, the schools themselves wouldn't save any money, since computer equipment is paid for at the departmental level. And departmental administrators are afraid of angering Microsoft. Via Slashdot. By Con Zymaris, ZD Net Australia, May 13, 2005 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

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