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Microsoft Adopts First International Cloud Privacy Standard

Posted on 18 Feb 2015

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”

Posted on 11 Feb 2015

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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OpenSocial and the OpenSocial Foundation: Moves to W3C

Posted on 17 Dec 2014

Yesterday, 16th December 2014, the OpenSocial Foundation and the W3C announced that the “OpenSocial Foundation [is] Moving Standards Work to [the] W3C Social Web Activity“. In the press release John Mertic, President of the OpenSocial Foundation, described how: “The consensus of the OpenSocial Board is that the next phase of Social Web Standards, built in large part on […]

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Posted in Social Web, standards | 1 Comment »

Implications for Institutions of a Backlash Against Facebook

Posted on 10 Dec 2014

Moves Away from Facebook? We are apparently seeing a backlash against use of Facebook. Over the weekend a post on Facebook’s struggle to keep teens described how, although in September 2014 had 864 million daily active users, 703 million mobile daily active users and 1.35 billion monthly active users, “the company faces a significant challenge keeping […]

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Librarians and Wikipedia: an Ideal Match?

Posted on 3 Dec 2014

Characteristics of Librarians What are the key characteristics of librarians? According to LibraryScienceList.com the basic personal traits and skills which librarians typically share include: A love of knowledge and learning A desire to work around people Love of books Broad overall knowledge of life and the world Strong organizational skills Good with numbers Friendly Ethical Personable Basic […]

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Flickr and Creative Commons; Lessons from Open Source Software

Posted on 2 Dec 2014

Flickr’s Commercial Exploitation of Photographs Yesterday in a post entitled Sharing Information, Misinformation and Untruths I suggested that an article entitled “Flickr is about to sell off your Creative Commons photos” which had a sub-heading providing a warning to Flickr users: “And no, you won’t see a single penny from it“ was being disingenuous as such commercial exploitation has always […]

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Sharing Information, Misinformation and Untruths

Posted on 1 Dec 2014

Recent Mainstream Examples of Misinformation and Untruths It’s good to share. And we now have a global infrastructure in place which facilitates sharing and encourages discussions on the information which has been shared. But as well as sharing information the infrastructure (such as Facebook, Twitter and Google+) can also be used to share misinformation and untruths […]

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Making Effective Use of Google Docs (and Who Will Support Researchers?)

Posted on 20 Nov 2014

Looking to Make Google Docs a Richer Authoring Environment These days I find myself making extensive use of Google Docs. This is the tool of choice for the LACE project I am involved in. Although Google Docs doesn’t have the power of MS Word it does provide access control capabilities which are important for project work with partners […]

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Including Your Missing 20% By Embedding Web and Mobile Accessibility

Posted on 17 Nov 2014

Launch of a Book on Web and Mobile Accessibility Last week, on Monday 10 November 2014, Professor Jonathan Hassell launched his highly anticipated book entitled “Including Your Missing 20% By Embedding Web and Mobile Accessibility“. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to attend the launch event, but I used Storify to capture the buzz surrounding the launch event. As described […]

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Thoughts on the OU’s Innovating Pedagogy Report

Posted on 14 Nov 2014

Innovating Pedagogy The Open University has recently published the Innovating Pedagogy 2014 report (PDF format), the third in a series of annual reports on innovations in teaching, learning and assessment. As described in a blog post which introduces the report: This third report proposes ten innovations that are already in currency but have not yet had […]

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NMC Virtual Symposium on the Future of Libraries: Emphasis on Mobile (Anytime, Anyplace, Anywhere)

Posted on 13 Nov 2014

The NMC Virtual Symposium on the Future of Libraries Yesterday I took part in the NMC Virtual Symposium on the Future of Libraries. I was invited to be a panel member following my participation in the group which took part in the development of the NMC Horizon Report: 2014 Library Edition. The half-day symposium provided an opportunity for “library professionals, […]

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Posted in Events, Mobile | 1 Comment »

Evidence Submitted to the House of Lords Select Committee on Digital Skills

Posted on 10 Nov 2014

The House of Lords Select Committee on Digital Skills The House of Lords Select Committee on Digital Skills is seeking answers to the question “how should the UK join up ‘fragmented’ digital skills teaching?” Last month, on Tuesday 14 October 2014, the House of Lords’ Digital Skills Committee quizzed Karen Price OBE, Chief Executive, e-skills UK, Maggie […]

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From the Modernisation of Higher Education Report to the Open Learning Analytics Network Summit

Posted on 7 Nov 2014

More Personalised Learning Informed by Better Data In a recent post on a Report on Modernisation of Higher Education I described how the High Level Group’s report on the Modernisation of Higher Education which covers New modes of learning and teaching in higher education gave a high profile to the importance of learning analytics. The report includes a […]

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Report on Modernisation of Higher Education: Focus on Open Access and Learning Analytics

Posted on 5 Nov 2014

New Modes of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education Via a post on the Learning Analytics Community Exchange (LACE) LinkedIn group which described how a “Report on Modernisation of Higher Education specifically refers to LA [learning analytics]” I came across the High Level Group’s report on the Modernisation of Higher Education which covers New modes of […]

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Subverting Copyright (and Other Flawed Legislation)

Posted on 4 Nov 2014

Be Informed: Recent Changes to Copyright Law Last week Jason Miles-Campbell, manager of the JISCLegal service, gave a talk entitled “Be Informed: Recent Changes to Copyright Law” at the CILIPS Autumn Gathering. Jason summarised changes to copyright legislation which were approved by Parliament in July 2014 and came into force on 1 October 2014. The slide […]

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“Proud to be a Librarian” – Reflections on #CILIPSAG14

Posted on 3 Nov 2014

CILIP Scotland Autumn Gathering The CILIP Scotland Autumn Gathering event took place in Edinburgh on Thursday 30 October 2014. Although the CILIP Scotland Web site provides information about the event, a more comprehensive set of resources can be found on the Lanyrd entry for the event, including links to speakers’ slides (where available), additional speaker […]

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Forthcoming Talks on Wikipedia in Edinburgh

Posted on 29 Oct 2014

Yesterday was the first anniversary since I started work at Cetis. During that period  I have been involved in two main areas of work: supporting the outreach and engagement aspects of the LACE (Learning Analytics Community Exchange) project and promoting use of open educational practices and in particular, use of Wikipedia. Later today I will […]

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What Do You Think Are The Major Technology Trends Which Will Impact Library Services?

Posted on 17 Oct 2014

Technology Innovation and Impact Strand at ILI 2014 On Tuesday 21 October 2014 I am giving a talk at the ILI 2014 conference which will address the question What are the major technology trends that will impact library services and their users? This talk takes place on the morning of Tuesday 21 October 2014, the opening day of the conference […]

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Why Don’t We Share More Multimedia Support Materials?

Posted on 16 Oct 2014

“Why do so few organisations live-stream their events?” I came across two interesting posts in my Facebook stream earlier today. In the first post John Popham, a digital storyteller posed the question“why do so few organisations live-stream their events?” As illustrated, John provided an accompanying image which illustrated how live-streaming can nowadays be carried out […]

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LACE Project Infographic (and Keeping Up-to-date With New Posts)

Posted on 6 Oct 2014

LACE Project Infographic The EU-funded LACE  (Learning Analytics Community Exchange) project is “bringing together key European players in the field of learning analytics (LA) and educational data mining (EDM) in order to support the development of communities of practice and share emerging best practice“. Last week the LACE project blog included a post on “Infographic Learning Analytics“. This post […]

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New Developments for ILI 2014

Posted on 3 Oct 2014

ILI – the Internet Librarian International conference series Some time ago I was asked if I would be a ‘blog partner’ for the ILI (Internet Librarian International) conference.  I was happy to do that last year and again this year for ILI 2014. In a report on last year’s event I described ILI as my favourite library […]

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An Exemplar Use of Lanyrd (and a Proposal for Creating Lanyrd Entries)

Posted on 2 Oct 2014

Looking Back at Lanyrd Back in November 2010 I wrote a post on Developments to the Lanyrd Service two months after the service had been launched. I described how commentators had described the Lanyrd “uses Twitter to tell you which conferences, workshops and such your friends are attending or speaking at. You can add and track […]

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Analytics Events: For Learning and For Research

Posted on 24 Sep 2014

Moves Towards Analysis of Data I suspect I am not alone in finding that my interests and activities in my professional life no longer focus primarily on digital content but now encompass data. There are two events taking place over then next four weeks which may be of interest to those with interests in the […]

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Using Twitter to Meet New People on the Way to Conferences

Posted on 22 Sep 2014

Travelling to a Project Meeting Last week I attended a #LACEproject consortium meeting in Graz, Austria. The LACE project, which is funded by the EU, is “bringing together key European players in the field of learning analytics (LA) and educational data mining (EDM) in order to support the development of communities of practice and share emerging best practice“. The consortium […]

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Guest Post: Reflections on IWMW 2014 from the University of Edinburgh

Posted on 18 Sep 2014

In a recent guest post on this blog Mike McConnell described how the IWMW event “is much loved by its community and reflects a collegiate and resolutely non-commercial mindset that was once taken for granted in HE” and went on to explain how the key theme for the IWMW 2014 event was “The Year It Went […]

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Using Social Media to Build Your Academic Career

Posted on 10 Sep 2014

Background Back on 19th June 2014 I gave an invited plenary talk on “Open Practices for Researchers” at the Research and Innovation Conference 2014 at the University of Bolton. I was pleased to have an opportunity to share my experiences with researchers at the University of Bolton, an institution which has a clear focus on […]

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Guest Post : It’s Not About Technology! The Digital Challenge is Institutional

Posted on 4 Sep 2014

Mike McConnell has attended many of the IWMW events which have been held since its launch in 1997. This year’s event made a particular impression, particularly with its focus on ‘digital’ rather than ‘web’. In this guest post Mike reflects on the event and describes the moves towards digital taking place at his host institution, […]

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The Launch of Twitter’s Analytics Service and Thoughts on Free Alternatives

Posted on 1 Sep 2014

The Launch of Twitter’s Analytics Service It was via a tweet I received last week when I first heard the news about the public launch of Twitter’s analytics service: Today, @Twitter opened its analytics platform to the public https://digiphile.wordpress.com/… TLDR: Images get more engagement pic.twitter.com/02Qj66mQdp This tweet was of particular interest as it not only provided […]

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Links From Wikipedia to Russell Group University Repositories

Posted on 28 Aug 2014

Wikipedia as the Front Matter to all Research A session at the recent Wikimania conference provided an opportunity for discussion on the topics: “The fount of all knowledge – wikipedia as the front matter to all research“. The abstract describes how: This discussion focuses on how Wikipedia could become the entry or discovery point to all […]

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Launch of the NMC Horizon Report 2014 Library Edition

Posted on 20 Aug 2014

The NMC Horizon Report > 2014 Library Edition The NMC Horizon Report > 2014 Library Edition was launched earlier today at the IFLA 2014 conference. As described on the NMC Horizon web site: The NMC Horizon Project charts the landscape of emerging technologies for teaching, learning, and research, creative inquiry. Launched in 2002, it epitomizes […]

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Wikipedia, Librarians and CILIP

Posted on 19 Aug 2014

Wikipedia and Librarians Wikipedia is important for librarians. A month ago in a post entitled Wikipedia and Information Literacy Article in CILIP Update I reported on an article published in CILIP Update about the role Wikipedia can play in information literacy. At the time the article was only available to CILIP members. However after a short embargo period […]

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