Tech entrepreneurs have already changed the world, transforming how we work, how we communicate, how we shop. Imagine if these entrepreneurs focused their talents on big social challenges, using tech to devise radically new solutions to social care, child welfare, poverty, education and climate change.
Imagine the power of technology applied for social good.
It’s been a year since I started blogging here at Nominet Trust, exploring the research around new technologies particularly in education. There probably hasn’t been a more exciting time in the Nominet Trust year for me as they’ve just announced a new fund with the Education Endowment Foundation – it’ll be great to see what’s funded and what outcomes they achieve. I’m going to use this final blog of the year I’ll sum up what I’ve covered so far and how it’s all related.
In my last post, I said I’d talk a bit more about knowledge mapping. I’m particularly interested in this area because while information retrieval through search engines is rather well supported for individuals engaging in fairly short factual retrieval, longer and collaborative tasks have relatively less tools for their facilitation. So this is an interesting area from an information management perspective in general.
Last blog I talked about Linked Data in relation to OER – linking the OER together. One aspect of this was personalisation – being able to see where gaps in a students learning were, and plugging them dynamically though linked OER.
I’ve mentioned Open Data and Linked Data in my last couple of posts. Brilliantly enough my department does a 'forum meeting' once a quater, and in last week's I heard about a project (which KMi is a partner on) on just this topic!
How do we track the impact of data and documents once we’ve “let it out” into the wild for anyone to use, reuse, reappropriate, and open up for re-downloading? That’s the question I’m looking at this week, and that I’ve been thinking about for the last couple of days. more >