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Using Networks for Innovation: A National Strategy for Canada – Submission by CANARIE

Posted on November 19, 2002 in Innovation IT

“The Internet’s “third wave” involves the development and application of grids, repositories, web services and new approaches to sharing and collaborating. Applications in learning, health, government and business will be central. “[…]

The standards and prools that lie behind the third wave are themselves somewhat complex, and many are still evolving rapidly. They include what are called “web services” architectures, peer-to-peer applications, so-called “grid computing”, the “open source movement”, repository and meta-tagging standards, and the concept of “the information commons”.

One interesting characteristic shared by many of these component elements of the third wave is that they involve distributed “communities of practice” or “communities of interest”. Geneticists collaborating in the creation and application of linked databases, companies electronically completing purchasing agreements, teachers building collaborative repositories of their multimedia lessons, are all “communities of practice” and share a set of interests. Third-wave standards give these communities not only productivity-enhancing efficiencies from reduced duplication of effort, but also a quantum leap forward into a new generation of collaborative applications. This is the essence of the third wave

School Blog or Not

Posted on October 15, 2002 in Blogging

Hence, the goal of this blog is to be a Socratic exploration of the pros and cons of a possible alternate approach. Namely, implementing the new Bryant web presence via weblog software.

Very interesting read from a parent on a school tech committee trying to decide whether or not Web log as school website might not be a better answer. He imagines parents able to subscribe via rss to different weblogs within the school (imagine getting the news and assignments for each of your kids classes each day aggregated into one page or e-mail!), online discussions accross the school community and more.

I love finding thinking like this…his personal observations and thoughts through the Web log teach me about my own thinking. Where could you find this type of content pre-Blogger?
Will Richardson refers to Bill Kearney’s reflections on the pros and cons of using a Weblog format for a school Website. In Why Manila is more than Weblog software I have started to talk a bit about the reasons why Manila offers great flexibility for various educational applications. In my opinion, dynamic Webpublishing and a low cost CMS are a perfect fit for a school site. Sure, a Weblog like format can be build in (maybe on the homepage)… but in most cases it is probably only part of the overall design…