Creativity, serendipity and open content

I recently went along to an event organised by the Digital Humanities Network, Scotland at the University of Edinburgh, where Ben O’Steen, Bob Nicholson and Mahendra Mahey gave a series of fascinating presentations on the work of the British Library Labs. BL Labs is a Mellon funded initiative that supports creative experiments to visualise and […]

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Understanding large numbers in context, an exercise with socrative

I came across an exercise that aimed to demonstrate that numbers are easier to understand when broken  down and put into context, it’s one a number of really useful resources for the general public, journalists and teachers from the Royal Statistical Society. The idea is that large numbers associated with important government budgets–you know, a few billion … Continue reading Understanding large numbers in context, an exercise with socrative

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QAA Scotland Focus On Assessment and Feedback Workshop

Today was spent at a QAA Scotland event which aimed to identify and share good practice in assessment and feedback, and to gather suggestions for feeding in to a policy summit for senior institutional managers that will be held on 14 May.  I’ve never had much to do with technology for assessment, though I’ve worked … Continue reading QAA Scotland Focus On Assessment and Feedback Workshop

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QTI 2.1 tool tutorial

Learning about an interoperability specification such as a QTI 2.1 becomes easier when you can see it working in a set of tools. In this post, we’ll create a very simple test using three freely available tools. Item creation We’ll get started with making an item, and we’ll use Kingston University’s Uniqurate. As an item […]

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Sharing Project Practices: the LACE Compendium

Open Practices Covered in this Blog I have written a number of posts on various aspects of openness since this blog was launched back in 2007, with posts in recent months covering topics such as protocols to support open services (“OpenSocial and the OpenSocial Foundation: Moves to W3C“); the implications of open licences (“Flickr and Creative Commons; […]

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Microsoft Adopts First International Cloud Privacy Standard

Announcement On Monday 16 January 2015 Microsoft announced that they had adopted the first international Cloud privacy standard. The standard in question is ISO/IEC 27018, the code of practice for protection of personally identifiable information (PII) in public clouds acting as PII processors. Discussion A ZDNet article entitled “Microsoft adopts international cloud privacy standard” was published […]

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Seminar on “Preparing Our Users For Digital Life Beyond The Institution”

Later today I am giving a seminar on “Preparing Our Users For Digital Life Beyond The Institution” for the iSchool at Northumbria University. As described on the iSchool web site: For nearly 70 years we [the Information Sciences department at Northumbria University which is a member of the iSchools Organisation] have been working closely with employers and professionals to […]

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