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Networked Learning – Exploring Sociotechnical Theories symposium

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I’ve posted something about our symposium on the above subject (posts passim) on the blog of the Society and Information Research Group (of which I am a member). I won’t clutter up cyberspace by repeating it here….

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May 20, 2010 at 5:02 pm

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Open Data: Concept & Practice

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My OU colleague Tony Hirst and Alan Holding of Manchester Digital Development Agency will be talking about open data next month in an OU MCT/Manchester Digital public meeting. If you’re interested in attending, please contact jean.rigby@open.ac.uk (attendance is free, but it helps to know numbers in advance).

Open Data – 3 June
Tony Hirst – The Open University
Open Data Surprise
Since the rallying cry to “Free your data, now” went up a year or so ago, national and local government, encouraged by the Cabinet Office, have started to pull together public data sets in local data stores. But what data is being published, and how? After a quick tour of the general data.*.gov.uk landscape, I’ll review some of the applications and uses to which the data has been used by “the public”, as well as looking at just what motivates developers to play with public data in their spare time.

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Alan Holding – Manchester Digital Development Agency
Open Data: In practice
In this short talk, Alan Holding from Manchester Digital Development Agency (MDDA) will discuss some of the practical issues local authorities will need to
address when opening up data – including day-to-day management of data, quality control, methods to allow access to the data by developers and the
procurement of software and services. Alan is head of the technology team at MDDA, part of Manchester City Council. His job includes working with local authority staff on a range of projects, such as One Central Place, a single database of third sector organisations in the city.

Before joining MDDA he was an e-government officer for two years, working to improve the online presence of the council’s Environmental Services
department. Followed by a panel discussion At:
Manchester Digital Development Agency
117-119 Portland Street
Manchester

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May 10, 2010 at 3:01 pm

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Networked Learning 2010

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Networked Learning has just finished. Some excellent sessions – I particularly enjoyed an opening ‘fishbowl’ discussion between Yrjo Engestrom & Entienne Wenger, liveblogged by several people (shouldn’t be too difficult google). Chris Jones’ symposium critiquing the ‘digital native’ rhetoric was particularly effective and timely.
Our session seemed to go pretty well. There was a good turnout – Matt Allen liveblogged it at: http://www.netcrit.net/events/exploring-sociotechnical-theories-of-learning-technology-nlc2010-symposium/, at least until his battery died. This was quite an accomplishment given the near-zero bandwidth, infinite latency which has been a characteristic of the hotel wifi. Also, there were some comments at the OU Cloudworks site.Chairing a session while knowing it was being tweeted, but unable to see the comments was somewhat unnerving, but fortunately the comments generally seemed pretty positive, though Frances Bell was misquoted about connectivism (though some might well agree with the misquote!) in a tweet which found its way to one of the movement’s leading lights.

Certainly the discussion in our symposium raised some issues and food for thought for me about ‘where next’ with some of the ideas we presented, and how to present complexity to policy makers in ways they can grasp.

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May 4, 2010 at 5:25 pm

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