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This article reviews the issues connected with Massachusetts' decison to require the open document format for state documents as of January 2007. There are some interesting issues raised for our archiving project.
Has anyone run across Mambo, an open source content management system? I think that we need a light weight open source replacement for ContentWorks and wonder if this may be a possbility. Take a look and let me know what you think. It does not seem to handle e-commerce so it would not work for TCR or the new library website and store, but it might work for the TESOL journal and some other publishing efforts.
The August-Sept. 05 issue of Innovate contains an interesting set of papers on educational games, including papers by James Gee and TCR author David Shaffer.
The New York Times will begin offering a premium service called Times Select for $49.95 per year according to a letter from the editor. The service will include special multi-media features, early access to content, and eventually the entire historical archive.
Our recent discussion of alternative approaches to developing and sharing knowledge are well illustrated in an article from the Stanford Magazine entitled Sound Advice in which two different music advice systems are described. One system relies on user generated information; the other relies on a team of experts.
An article from the Stanford Magazine entitled Teaching 'Design Thinking' provides a brief discussion of the new d-school being developed by David Kelly at Stanford. The new school will bring together faculty from several professional schools to engage students in design work.
Hui Soo and I have been having some conversations about how Edlab might approach the task of creating a new school for a new era. This prompts the question of what exactly we mean by the concept of school in light of our focus on learning and the extension of quality learning opportunities. So, let me start with a minimal definition of school as "an environment optimized for learning." There may well be more elements to a full definition of school, and I invite others to add to this definition. In approaching the construction of a full definition, it seems important to distinguish between ...
In June 2004, Michael and I prepared a paper and presentation for the Symposium on Colleges, Code, and Copyright held at the University of Maryland University College. Our paper is now available in an ACRL publication, and we will have some copies to distribute. In addition, I just discovered that there is an audio file of the conference presentation available online. The presentation is the first one in the sessi...
A recent article in the New York Times highlights the agenda of the George Lucas Educational Foundation. The Foundation has a commitment to foster educational innovation, including project-based learning, practical experience, and the use of technologies such as film, video, and digital content. The website is worth exploring because a number of the initiatives seem relevant to the edLab agenda.
I am just passing on some resources from a conversation between Michael Rennick and Frank Webster on open source software for libraries. Frank has identified some sources of information on the various open source efforts currently underway. provides a listing of on-going open source software projects to support library operations. UNESCO also hosts this site dedicated to tracking open source library efforts. Bre...