Thursday, December 08, 2005

I have posted a story for OhmyNews on HighWire Press offering free journal articles. the occasion was the Online Information show. David Weinberger's keynote on 'Everything is Miscellaneous' is a defining moment, the way I see it.

He challenges accepted ideas about how knowledge is organised, not just in libraries but in subject areas for study. My previous efforts to work with modes 1 and 2 just slot into a much larger picture. He has been putting out similar ideas for a while though, but this is a major venue even if it is a trade show.

Web search reveals similar presentations to the Library of Congress and the Oxford Internet Institute. Suggest search on "everything is miscellaneous".

This kind of approach must be relevant for e-learning. It is coming out of the environment people are using anyway.

My concern is to open up a space where ideas about quality can be included as part of e-learning. I don't think all academics realise the implications for universities as organisations. Maybe they do and just don't like it.

The Online Information event is taking the opposite direction to their keynote speaker. Most of the stands are for content, but there are is maybe a fifth of the space at the back divided up into various labels for technology. Content management, knowledge management, documents and records, search engines and also e-publishing. My claim is that knowledge management implies e-learning. Tim O'Reilley suggests that publishing becomes collaboration in web 2. Blogs and wikis were hot topics this year so maybe Web 2 will be a label sometime soon. Let's assume that Tim O'Reilley will be the keynote speaker for 2006. This is a heuristic device to speed things up.

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