Sharing without community is just piling stuff up

This is a post about knowledge, community, online repositories, OERs, and the ethnography of the teacher staffroom inspired by a recent experience with JORUM. What was the last time you learned something interesting or helpful? I’m willing to bet that it was one of these: 1. Somebody you know or …

Get the Data: Community for Quantitative research

The Get The Data service seems to be getting some traction. There are interesting questions and answers being posted but even more interesting is the quantitative approach to reputation building and community building in general. (Quite distinct from, for instance, Wikipedia or the Drupal community and even more removed from …

Toward Community-based Research for Education

It is no secret that there is a huge gap between research and practice in education (and many other areas of social practice). Here’s a suggestion of a model that might remedy some of this. Parts of it are based on a draft of a proposal for development project. Why …

JISC Elevator might bring more responsiveness to research funding

Finally, JISC is turning some of the innovation and creativity it has poured into technology into the process of funding itself. The idea of JISC Elevator (see http://blog.ouseful.info/2010/07/28/project-pitching-jisc-elevator-concept/) is modeled on the Mozilla Drumbeat (http://www.drumbeat.org) – a Kickstarter-like project but with more varied  sources of funding.  With Kickstarter people have to …

Harvard leads the way on building institutional academic communities

Recently, Harvard University’s Institute of Quantitative Social Science released OpenScholar built on Drupal using popular modules such as Organic Groups and getting help from the Spaces and Features. The Biblio module provides the great bibliographic feature. I haven’t spent enough time with it yet to completely suss out how it’s put …

How researchers use Web 2.0

Image via Wikipedia A report just came out from RIN.ac.uk that is relevant to the aims of this website (more details on the project website). I will tweet out some of the more interesting factoids on @techczech but I think the results can be summarised roughly in three points: Very …

Toward a Federated Academic Identity

Image via Wikipedia One of the thoughts that kept coming up in my head as I was hearing about all these great digital humanities projects at THATCamp London was: this is amazing but it’s yet another silo. As someone who has tried (and mostly failed) building several very niche communities …