A digital public space is Britain’s missing national institution

Jemima Kiss, Mar 09, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I'm not sure I agree with the 'public garden' metaphor as a model for provision of open educational resources in the community. I understand the desire to move the discussion our of the crass competitive marketplace. But what I find is that when we divide environments between public and private in this way is that the public environment becomes a bit of a wasteland. That is not to dismiss the need for public investment in these resources. So I would rather use a public roads metaphor rather than a public park. But they should be available in the same environment as other resources. Related: BBC's Research and Education Space (RES): "The Research and Education Space (RES) is a new platform of linked open data catalogues from a wide range of online educational resources. RES aims to significantly improve access and use of these resources for teaching, learning and research."

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