Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community
Andy Powell responds to some of the commentary to a recent talk he gave questioning the current approach to repositories. In this post he argues that "we need to focus on making scholarly content available on the Web in whatever form makes sense to individual scholars." Imagine, ge suggests, a service like 'ResearchShare', similar to Slideshare. "we would end up with something far more compelling to individual scholars than current institutional offerings." Like iPaper, maybe.

In another follow-up, Pete Johnston reaches back to Tim Berners-Lee to emphasize four basic rules:
1. Use URIs as names for things.
2. Use HTTP URIs so that people can look up those names.
3. When someone looks up a URI, provide useful information.
4. Include links to other URIs. so that they can discover more things.
Not exactly what we see from a pile of PDFs, is it? He writes, "I was struck (but not really surprised) by the absence... of any of the data about researchers and their outputs that is being captured and exposed on the Web by the many 'repository' systems of various hues within the UK education sector."

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