By Stephen Downes
May 23, 2005

Toronto 2005
I am on a bit of a vaction this week, so that means more photos for you. Today's set comes from Toronto, where yesterday I wandered around courtesy the Toronto Transit Commission. By Stephen Downes, Stephen's Web, May 23, 2005 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Debunking the MPAA
By now it is generally known that two things are true. First, that the illicit copies of the latest Star Wars were in circulation the day the movie launched. And second, that same Star Wars movie set a record for the highest grossing opening weekend ever. So when the MPAA says file sharing hurts the industry, one has to ask: how? By Jenny Levine, The Shifted Librarian, May 22, 2005 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

KM4D Journal Launched
Nancy White tells us about the launch of the new KM4D Journal - Knowledge Management for Development. "KM4D Journal focuses on knowledge management in development. It includes diverse knowledge management approaches in development organizations, large and small." By Nancy White, Full Circle Online Interaction Blog, May 22, 2005 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

After the panel at CSTD Kathryn Chang Barker came up to me and said, "that's just what we're doing in e-portfolios." Scott Wilson proves the point with this cracking good presentation on e-portfolios, delivered in Sydney, Australia, today. While it starts off slowly, things get really interesting once he asks the question, "Who owns portfolios?" The portfolio is traditionaqlly depicted as something that is managed for you by a school or an organization - but what if you're at more than one school or organization? Clearly, what is needed is the personal portfolio - but what about data like certificates and diplomas, which need to be verified? Enter the world of aggregation and RSS and the model we have been talking about here (and he has been talking about on his own site). By Scott Wilson, Scott's Workblog, May 23, 2005 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

How to Use the Dial Phone (1927)
Maish writes, "Check out this multimedia-instruction from 1927 on how to use the dial phone. It uses a story to link the sequence of operations together. On another note, I also like the way the Internet Archive uses thumbnails to allow users preview the movie before downloading it." It also serves to remind us that even something we take for granted, like the telephone, was at one time new and difficult technology. By American Telephone and Telegraph Co. (AT&T), Internet Archive, May, 2005 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

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