Listing of Recent Diigo Links (weekly)

  • NoSQL is a new breed of database management systems that fundamentally differ from relational database systems. These databases do not require tables with a fixed set of columns, avoid JOINs and typically support horizontal scaling. They are also referred to as structured storage.

    tags: nosql

  • tags: openeducation digischol digischol1

    • list of some of the tools and resources I used to write this book:
      • Good list follows with brief explanation
    • quantity of this information that is available online has increased considerably
    • significance of my online network in the writing process
    • range and variety of content
    • ‘digital scholarship’: it is both a profound change and a continuation of traditional practice
    • online, freely accessible under a Creative Commons licence
    • In addition there is a set of resources, such as videos, presentations and blog posts, which relate to the book, with comments and reaction to these.
    • A digital scholar need not be a recognised academic, and equally does not include anyone who posts something online. For now, a definition of someone who employs digital, networked and open approaches to demonstrate specialism in a field is probably sufficient to progress.
    • Blogs are also the epitome of the type of technology that can lead to rapid innovation. They can be free to set up, are easy to use and because they are at the user’s control, they represent a liberated form for expression. There is no word limit or publication schedule for a blog; the same blog may mix posts about politics, detailed subject analysis, sport and personal life. Blogs can remain unread or have thousands of subscribers.
      • The questions one might ask of blogs in relation to academic practice are true of all digital scholarship:



        1. Do they represent ‘proper scholarship’ (however that might be defined)?


        2. Are they central or peripheral to practice?


        3. Are they applicable to all domains?


        4. Are they more applicable for some scholarly functions than others, for example, teaching?


        5. How do we recognise quality?


        6. Do they complement or replace existing channels?


        7. Should we reward them through official routes such as tenure?


        8. Should bloggers use institutional systems or separate out their blogging and formal identities?


        9. What is their impact on academic communities?

    • The second key feature for transformative practice is for it to be networked
    • It is not just the Internet that is significant in terms of networks but, more recently, the advent of social networks that is having an influence on scholarly practice.
    • Openness then refers not only to the technology but also to the practice of sharing content as a default. Content in the scholarly context can mean data, journal articles, teaching material, presentations, discussion, seminars and comment.
    • More significantly perhaps the audience for the well-considered research publication is greatly increased by it being made open to all.
    • The authors, let’s call them Frank and Sally, know each other through a combination of commenting on each other’s blogs, being part of the same network on Twitter where they share many of the same contacts and some email exchanges. Following a blog post by Frank on pedagogy for networked learning, Sally posts a long piece in reply. They decide to collaborate on a paper together and work in Google Docs to produce it. Sally gives a presentation about the subject to her department and shares the presentation on Slideshare. She posts the link to this on Twitter, and it gets retweeted several times by people in her network, some of whom comment on the presentation. Frank posts a draft of their chapter on his blog and again receives a number of comments which they incorporate into the paper. They submit it to an open access journal, where it is reviewed and published within two months. They both tweet and blog about the paper, which gets widely cited and has more than 8,000 views. As a result of the paper, they give a joint presentation in an open, online course on networked learning.
    • Brian Lamb (2010) borrows the title from Errol Morris’ 1997 documentary to describe the kind of technology he prefers and thinks is useful in education as being fast, cheap and out of control.
    • Writing in Wired, Robert Capps (2009) coined the term ‘the good enough revolution’.
    • In terms of scholarship it is these cheap, fast and out-of-control technologies in particular that present both a challenge and opportunity for existing practice. They easily allow experimentation and are founded on a digital, networked, open approach. It is these tools, and more significantly, the ways of working they allow and facilitate, that this book will focus on.
    • What both the positive and negative viewpoints have in common is that they see the technology itself as shaping human behaviour, so-called technological determinism, a phrase first coined by American sociologist Thorstein Veblen.
    • the suggestion that technology isn’t playing a significant role in how people are communicating, working, constructing knowledge and socialising is to ignore a major influencing factor in a complex equation.

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About Michael Rees
Academic in IT interested in Web 2.0 and social media

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