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To Make Content Findable, Put It Everywhere

Stephen Downes' OLDaily - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 16:00


Michael Caulfield, Hapgood, Apr 27, 2016

Mike Caulfield takes on a persistent truism in the OER world: that we need one central location where everyone can find open resources. This has never been true, and when tried it has never worked. So what does? Publishing them everywhere. "This graphic of the Buzzfeed network reminds me of that fact. Buzzfeed is one of the most recognizable destination sites on the web. If anyone could survive making people come to them, it would be Buzzfeed. And what does Buzzfeed do?  They put it *everywhere*. They publish in something like 30 platforms, an 80% of their views come from places other than Buzzfeed." That's what I do with OLDaily (to a lesser extent, but I should step it up).

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Online degrees could make universities redundant, historian warns

Stephen Downes' OLDaily - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 10:00


Richard Adams, The Guardian, Apr 27, 2016

This is an odd article that one the one hand says that Oxford should embrace online learning to increase access and remain relevant, and that it should go private (but raising its own endowment) so it doesn't have to respond to government demands that it, um, increase access.  "We’ ve moved a long way, but it’ s very difficult recruiting from within the UK properly qualified undergraduates from the social and educational backgrounds that the state would like us to take people from," says  Laurence Brockliss, author of Oxford’ s official history. It's an odd sort of logic. By becoming a 'global university' Oxford could remain exclusive, yet still attract a culturally diverse mix off students. As for actually being accessible to poor people without a privileged educational background, well, let's just not go there.

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Facebook now gets a million users from “dark web” service Tor

Stephen Downes' OLDaily - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 10:00


Nick Waddell, CanTech Letter, Apr 27, 2016

For those who don't think privacy is an issue with people (and there are many) consider this: you have to go out of your way to use a service like Tor, which is designed to help you browse the web anonymously. So when we consider that a million people are using Tor to access Facebook, that's a significant number. "Tor, an acronym for The Onion Routing Project, blocks access to any individual user’ s location by directing traffic through a free, worldwide volunteer network consisting of thousands of relays that encrypt and re-encrypt data multiple times."

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Scraping with Google Spreadsheets Across Instagram, Flickr, YouTube etc.

Stephen Downes' OLDaily - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 10:00


Tom Woodward, Bionic Teaching, Apr 27, 2016

As is always the case, the stuff that can be done by technical people today will be provided by some application for everyone tomorrow. In this post Tom Woodward demonstrates how to use Google Sheets to grab data from a variety of sites, including YouTube, Flickr, Tumblr, and more. Alan levine comments, "Now we’ re talking, or scraping.... The API way is the way, writing something to get info from flickr is not hard. The tripping point is authentication. Getting those keys is a PITA. Wonder about doing some authorization stuff the way Martin Hawksey does the twitter auth in his TAGs sheets." 

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