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Wednesday, July 30, 2003

Fred Thompson. "After two years in Washington, I often long for the realism and sincerity of Hollywood." [Quotes of the Day]
What do you think? []  links to this post    9:19:34 AM  
Phases of social networking

Rob describes a pattern of social insertion - first an orgy of discovery and furious networking, then a discernment phase where the finite capacity for close relationships operates a selection; and finally a consolidation phase. Sounds about right. I think some people have a heavier churn rate for their inside network, while others form a much more stable net. I wonder if that affects their ability to innovate and adapt.

Tired of blogging? Matt and Paolo are wondering if they are tired of blogging after a year. I too seem to have hit a one year wall. I want to shrink my blogging world. Why? [...] [Robert Paterson's Radio Weblog]

What do you think? []  links to this post    9:14:20 AM  
Montreal, here I come (back)

Looks like I'll be spending next week in Montreal. Following Eugene Eric Kim's timely advice I will attend the Extreme Markup conference. If you should know who I should really speak to while I'm there (for instance, wiki and weblog connaisseurs), please do leave a comment!

(And if you thought I left Montreal in too much of a hurry and would like to take the opportunity to meet, just send me an email.)

What do you think? []  links to this post    8:52:10 AM  
Metadata for mortals

Metadata, Mark II - excellent article on metadata. [GeoURL via Puzzlepieces]

Excellent indeed! The first two pages give clueful background information on metadata and why it has trouble picking up steam. The rest of the article focuses on specific metadata standards, and the author had the good sense to choose to talk about simple - but relevant and/or promising - standards first.

Page 3 covers GeoURL, and gave me the nudge I needed to get my very own  button just below my Click to see the XML version of this web page. (RSS) buttons.

Page 4 introduces Dan Bricklin's SMBeta business metadata initiative and links to the related metadatabase. If you're curious to see what SMBeta looks like, here are small businesses with a zip code that starts with 9.

Page 5 gives a bird's eye view of the Dublin Core metadata initiative, which over the years has metastasized its way into many different other specifications.

Page 6 painlessly introduces the infamous Resource Description Framework (RDF) by way of a meaningful example (a description of the article itself).

Finally, page 7 describes the Friend of a Friend (FOAF) vocabulary and concludes by wishing good luck to all of these standards in gaining widespread adoption.

I'm pretty sure articles like this (and this introduction to RSS) will actually turn out to help that.

What do you think? []  links to this post    8:42:14 AM  
Probably the best introduction to Really Simple Syndication. Seriously.

How to Create an RSS Feed With Notepad, a Web Server, and a Beer. The ultimate low-tech guide to creating your own RSS feed. By Stephen Downes, Stephen's Web, July 29, 2003 [OLDaily]

Hey, that was my thousandth post right there!

What do you think? []  links to this post    7:34:58 AM  
The cluetrain classroom?

Rob Paterson reacts on yesterday's post on collaborative learning, telling a bit about his own experience teaching online at the University of Prince Edward Island.

"With a class of 20 we get about a 1,000 posts in a 6 week half semester. Very soon we shift gears up from the abstract to how each of us can make a difference. We leave the world of the case studies and we look at ourselves. By week 4, we have lost the academic voice and we are in Cluetrain territory where all of us are revealing a great deal about who we really are as people. The material has become an excuse to explore our lives.

If we are lucky a student goes very deep and this stimulates the rest of us to open up as well. So the content is really only a catalyst. We have gone back to the Socratic method and it is hard to tell the prof from the student."

Which makes me wonder, how much does the teacher's (perceived or actual) need to control what goes on in the course influence the quality and variety of the individual learning experiences?

What do you think? []  links to this post    6:28:18 AM  

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