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Training Courses

- October 11, 2011 in real-life, training

While we are a pretty small organisation, there are some smart people amongst us! I wonder if we could offer training to people in the local area. I know that here in New Zealand, there have been a number of people who are wanting to learn more about open government data etc.
I see courses as a way of being able to spread knowledge in a cost-neutral or cost-positive way to the organisation.
Some of the areas that I thought that we could possibly add value with:
  • Tutorials on data wrangling
  • Introduction to Open Data / Open Government Data
  • Linked Data
  • Finding
  • Finding/using public domain works
  • Digitisation techniques
  • Seminars on licencing

Training Courses

- October 11, 2011 in real-life, training

While we are a pretty small organisation, there are some smart people amongst us! I wonder if we could offer training to people in the local area. I know that here in New Zealand, there have been a number of people who are wanting to learn more about open government data etc.
I see courses as a way of being able to spread knowledge in a cost-neutral or cost-positive way to the organisation.
Some of the areas that I thought that we could possibly add value with:
  • Tutorials on data wrangling
  • Introduction to Open Data / Open Government Data
  • Linked Data
  • Finding
  • Finding/using public domain works
  • Digitisation techniques
  • Seminars on licencing

Open CAPTCHA

- September 22, 2011 in captcha, ocr, opendata, openshakespeare, webapp

The OKFN could have a go at building a service like reCAPTCHA, but make the learning models available for reuse as open data.

Open CAPTCHA

- September 22, 2011 in captcha, ocr, opendata, openshakespeare, webapp

The OKFN could have a go at building a service like reCAPTCHA, but make the learning models available for reuse as open data.

emergencydata.org, a data catalogue for crises

- July 19, 2011 in ckan, webapp

Create a catalogue for data sources which are created during crisis events, such as natural disasters. This could include:
  • Sattelite imagery
  • mapping data
  • ad-hoc contact lists

emergencydata.org, a data catalogue for crises

- July 19, 2011 in ckan, webapp

Create a catalogue for data sources which are created during crisis events, such as natural disasters. This could include:
  • Sattelite imagery
  • mapping data
  • ad-hoc contact lists

Add a BitTorrent tracker to thedatahub

- July 13, 2011 in ckan, thedatahub, webapp

Now that thedatahub.org deals with data storage as well as being a catalogue, adding torrent support seems very useful. Popular large datasets are expensive to distribute when providers are on capped Internet plans. Peer-to-peer file sharing seems like a very effective manner to minimise costs.

Open Government Advisory Team

- June 3, 2011 in open-government, wg-og

Lots of governments are interested in implementing open data and open source. The open government working group could form a a team of people who can advise government agencies on how to go about the business of open government. If you think this is a good idea, it would be great to have some discussion on the specifics:
  • what do you think the team's scope should be?
  • how would people get into the team?
  • how would we get poor performers off of the team?
  • what's a better name than "Open Government Advisory Team"?

Google Books for OER

- June 2, 2011 in code, education, oer, open-education, webapp

Problem OER content is widely distributed over many sites and catalogues are generally teacher centric. Moreover, lots of the OER catalogues seem to be fairly teacher orientated. A learner-centric OER space I was thinking of providing something slightly more learner centric. Kids would be sent to a URL, which would have content displayed nicely for them. They could annotate it, highlight things or bookmark pages. The system would world by indexing lots of content from the structured data that exists in many OER catalogues and other places such as Project Gutenberg. It would then focus on delivering content in a highly-readable, attractive manner. There would be also useful CSS for print and mobile devices. Some other possibilities, to tie it into the classroom/learning process:
  • A teacher might like to create reading lists for his class. Like a Youtube playlist, but rather than whole books, need to be able to select page ranges.
  • Another teacher would like to provide questions for her students at each section.
  • One-shot authentication, to enable children to collaborate without the issues of sign in processes
  • Leaning management system friendly
www.opentextbook.org could become a place that syndicates lots of content in all the repositories and catalogues that already exist. Examples http://www.20thingsilearned.com/ is a great example of displaying ebook content in the browser, plus its code is open source code. One problem is that it is very HTML5-centric, meaning that it probably wont display very well on old browsers on old machines. behind