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Ria #18: Dr. Tara Gray On Publish & Flourish

Stephen Downes' OLDaily - Thu, 08/04/2016 - 22:00


, Ecampus Research Unit | Oregon State University, Aug 04, 2016 On this episode, Dr. Tara Gray shares tips from her book Publish & Flourish. [Link] [Comment]

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August 2016 Preview Clips

Stephen Downes' OLDaily - Thu, 08/04/2016 - 22:00


, Ecampus Research Unit | Oregon State University, Aug 04, 2016 Take a listen to our August 2016 preview clips! [Link] [Comment]

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Why ontologies are best left implicit (especially for credentials)

Stephen Downes' OLDaily - Wed, 08/03/2016 - 20:00


Doug Belshaw, Ambiguiti.es, Aug 03, 2016

This is exactly right: "the attempt to define what ‘ exists’ within a given system is usually  a  conservative, essentialist  move. It’ s often concerned with retro-fitting new things into the current status quo, a kind of Kuhnian attempt to save what might be termed ‘ normal science’ ." What follows this promising start is an interesting and useful discussion of Richard Rorty and "dead metaphors". I agree with Belshaw's scepticism of ontologies. And as Douglas Rushkoff says, "It’ s this automatic acceptance of how things are that leads to a sense of helplessness about changing any of them."

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Studying the viral growth of a connective action network using information event signatures

Stephen Downes' OLDaily - Wed, 08/03/2016 - 20:00


Jeff Hemsley, First Monday, Aug 03, 2016

Interesting paper studying the growth and decline of 'connective action networks' such as the Occupy movement and the Arab spring. " A connective action network supports collective action by employing technologies that link together users who all have their own network." Tracking the growth of these networks lets us know when a protest will become a movement, and when (or how soon) a movement will begin to decay (contrast these with 'viral phenomena' which show a rapid rise in growth (often with the help of promotion) and an equally steep decline after the fad has passed. "This work suggests there phases of growth similar to the diffusion of innovations (Rogers, 1995): a period of ramping up, followed by a faster increase and then slowdown in growth." Interestingly, the Occupy network still exists, and even though it has been relatively quiet, the right events could cause it to become active again.

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