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by Stephen Downes
May 7, 2008

How to Build an RSS and Blog News Site for Your Project
This should be basic and fundamental information, and in my view, projects without this sort of informational support are just being anti-social. If this is all new to you, this is a good place to start. Related and relevant: Judy Breck on how RSS injects edu with accuracy, freshness, and cool stuff. Marshall Kirkpatrick, Weblog, May 7, 2008 [Link] [Tags: , ] [Comment]

I saw a presentation today on 'Operator', a Fiefox extension that associates applications (such as calendaring services) with microformats (such as the 'hEvent' format). More infor here on the blog. Operator was developed by Michael Kaply at IBM, and is a featured project of Mozilla Labs. Michael Kaply, Mozilla, May 7, 2008 [Link] [Tags: , , ] [Comment]

Spectra: Not Your Grandfather'S RSS Reader
Alan Levine describes: "I just took a quick spin through MSNBC's Spectra which is sort of like, no not really, like a visual news/feed reader. You pick news "channels" (chosen by MSNBC not you) they are color coded (by MSNBC not you), and the headlines spin by you in a cyclical spiral." Captures what I find wrong about Microsoft software. Anyhow. I think I have better channels. Alan Levine, CogDogBlog, May 7, 2008 [Link] [Tags: , , ] [Comment]

Copyright in Higher Education
SURF has launched a website to inform people about copyright in scholarly communication. "If an author transfers all of his rights exclusively to a publisher, this restricts the options for reusing the research results, for either teaching or research purposes. Doing so may also involve additional costs. Being more aware about copyright and using alternative licence models helps to optimise access to the publicly financed results of scientific and scholarly research and to reuse those results." Various Authors, SURF, May 7, 2008 [Link] [Tags: , , , , ] [Comment]

Core Component Technical Specification (CCTS)
Various references today to the The United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business, (UN/CEFACT) and in particular the Core Component Technical Specification (CCTS). The web presence for this organization is a mess, and the CCTS - which defines basic data types - appears to be extant only as a PDF. One wonders how much communication there is between this body and UNESCO. Various Authors, UN/CEFACT, May 7, 2008 [Link] [Tags: ] [Comment]

This blog should contain the presentation on HR-XML I saw this morning. In any event, it provides an overview of HR-XML -- which is in the process of transformation as it aligns with the Open Applications Group. Related: IEEE LTSC WG20 workgroup on competencies. Chuck Allen, HR-XML, May 7, 2008 [Link] [Tags: , ] [Comment]

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