Good times



Its been over a month since I bothered updating my blog and to my surprise people have been contacting me and wondering if I’m ok. Thank you for that, it’s nice to know you’ve done something useful for others. I’ve always been interested in pragmatic idealism, I would love to work on libre software/libre culture in education projects full time but sometimes I have to find other ways to survive, hopefully one day that will change.

My blog was added to Open Wiki Blog Planet! Thats pretty sweet, make sure you check it out.

Here’s a couple posts that caught my eye.

I also caught up with the Wikiversity crew. Here’s some info’s.

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I hope people have been keeping up with the network.

Wikiversity Wiki Campus Radio – Leigh Blackhall



On the weekend we had a session planned with Alexander Hayes, unfortunately he couldn’t make it. Leigh Blackall showed up and we had a discussion mostly about some of the problems he is having with copyright at his institution.

Details of the Discussion with Leigh Blackall.

Download the raw audio file.

Leigh’s userpage has a lot of information about him and his work. He works at Otago Polytechnic.

Thank you to Wikiversity and the Wikiversity participants for allowing me to host this discussion.

I tried to avoid the debate about copyleft thats happening on wikieducator due to most of it being rhetoric but I think our discussion went well.

FLNW2

Future of Learning in a Networked World.

Focus

TALO members explore the Future of Learning in a Networked World via e-learning, flexible delivery, online education, networked learning and web 2.0 in the respective geographical and virtual locations. The focus of FLNW2 is to engage TALO members in proactive e-learning hands-on events in a cross-cultural context with host nations, networks, groups and individuals.

Background

TALO or Teach and Learn Online is an international network of people interested in all things e-learning, flexible learning, online education, networked learning and web 2.0. TALO provides individuals with the opportunity to connect with others who share a common interest in progressing knowledge sharing in an open and diverse collaborative community. A range of active online discussion forums,blogs, wikis, and web feeds are balanced with un-conferences, swap-meets and other spontaneous face-to-face conversations. The un-conference model has been adopted as an open conversation space within all TALO events and serves to guide or in some instances challenge the perceptions of those used to conference sensibilities.

A number of inspired TALO members seeking ways to engage a wider and more culturally diverse reference group began exchanging ideas about how to action e-learning in a sustainable and realistic forum………. without all the fuss of conferencing. At swapmeets the ideas start to flow including a trip down the Mekong river, Hong Kong, a train journey with free wireless, the UK, Europe and Broome, Australia and now the FLNW2. Concious of the fact that others regard online education as self important navel gazing, the idea that came out of these discussions was to grow TALO beyond a technology focussed online information gathering, to build a robust and sustainable model of engaging others with networked technologies.

The FLNW 2 event follows on from the FLNW event which was held in New Zealand in 2006.FLNW2 came about as a result of round table discussions at the TALO Swap-Meet in Adelaide in March 2007.

TALO energy is contagious and this motivates others to embrace and implement creative activities that build social inclusion, participation, access and choice. All of this leads to appropriate and sustainable solutions for learning in a networked world. Read more…

I’ve added myself as a particpant and I hope you do as well. I would really appreciate it if people would offer their support.

I recently spoke to Alexander Hayes about it. Listen below or Download the MP3.
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Alex’s used a pretty funny image for the recording on podomatic, check out Alex’s podcasts.

Read about Palawan on Wikipedia. The first thing that springs to mind is distributing libre software, libre knowledge and libre culture. Things like free text books, software, video, audio etc You can easily fit an equivalent of over $10,000 worth of resouces on CD but some things are priceless so fire up and help out.

With the help of Wikiversity participants and the Wikio VoIP project we could do some really useful things.

Dell gives the go-ahead for Linux

Source: BBC News – Dell gives the go-ahead for Linux.

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The second largest computer maker in the world said it had chosen to offer Linux in response to customer demand.
Earlier this year, 100,000 people took part in a Dell survey. More than 70% of respondents said they would use Linux. Read more

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Dell Linux
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Thanks again Dominik Aniszewski for the info.

Sahana wins the 2006 social benefit award

Sahana wins the 2006 social benefit award

Sahana, an entirely volunteer effort to create technology for managing large-scale relief efforts, is the recipient of the 2006 Free Software Foundation Award for Projects of Social Benefit.

Colombo, Sri Lanka and Cambridge, Massachussets—March 26, 2007—Sahana, an entirely volunteer effort to create technology for managing large-scale relief efforts, is the recipient of the 2006 Free Software Foundation Award for Projects of Social Benefit. Sahana was created, in the wake of the tsunami that devastated Southeast Asia in 2004, to compensate for the devastating consequences of a government attempt to manually manage the process of locating victims, distributing aid and coordinating volunteers.

The Free Software Award for Projects of Social Benefit is presented to a free software project that intentionally and significantly benefits society through collaboration to accomplish an important social task.

Speaking at the award ceremony, the Sahana project leader Chamindra de Silva said, “We are deeply honored to receive this award and were so excited we traveled half way around the world from Sri Lanka to attend the ceremony today. The Sahana project is all about a cohesive disaster response between multiple agencies and bringing them together to help victims. None of this would have been possible without the work of the wider free software community, and we would not have been able to bring benefit to the victims and the people who help the victims without that. It is a credit to the whole community.”

Richard Stallman, President and Founder of the Free Software Foundation, in presenting the award said, “We were inspired to create this award when we heard of the tremendous good the Sahana project was able to achieve through the use of free software. With this award we give recognition to their efforts.”

The founding team, made up of Sri Lankan technology workers, worked around the clock for three days to produce the first release of the software that was quickly adopted by their country’s government. The software resolves common coordination problems that arise during a disaster and thus facilitates the search for missing people, aid and volunteer management, and victim tracking across refugee camps. Read more…

Wikimania 2007

Visit the Wikimania 2007 Wiki. Some of my friends are going, if your involved in Wikimedia Foundation projects you might be able to get sponsorship, be quick about applying.

Deadline: to allow the Scholarship Committee adequate time, applications must be received as soon as possible, but no later than April 1, 2007

Here’s a video from the Truth in Numbers: The Wikipedia Story. I like the design, check out the way they use media on their Wiki. Its hosted on www.wikia.com.

“Imagine a world where everyone had access to the sum of all human knowledge… that’s what we are doing with Wikipedia”
– Jimmy Wales