Education and Scholarly Production in the Digital Age -  the eExplor project and the AICA OpenSource WorkGroup  - June 2005
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Conference Overview (themes & topics)
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The conference offers a forum for scholarly discussion about the role and future of open culture for knowledge creation and sharing. In particular:

  • providing authors a picture of the most remarkable and successful cases in open access and open content development and recognizing success factors of open access and open content development besides the target community.
  • identifying barriers and obstacles to knowledge sharing, noticeably those bound to intellectual property rights management and analyzing the legal framework fostering the growing community involved in open access and open content development, focusing both on the relevance of copyrighted and public domain materials.
  • deepen the discussion about quality assessment in the open access and open content development.
  • highlighting business models integrating open access and open content development into traditional commmercial markets.

Who should attend

  • day 1: librarians, administrators of public repositories, researchers at broad as authors

  • day 2: elearning services providers, publishing houses, university teachers
  • day 3: scholars, university teachers


    (.. under construction ..)
  • Re-using and creating new open Knowledge
    • The web offers myriad opportunities for creating and for repurposing content into diverse distribution channels for sharing and re-using for learning, teaching and scientific / technological research purposes.
      How can these opportunities be exploited by authors and by commercial service providers and cultural institutions?
      Focus is on methodologies.

  • the legal framework and the rights of the author
    • IPR/DRM: Searching for a balance on how to develop DRM in order to serve the EU Lisbon Agenda.
      The management of rights for education is too complex, difficult, dispersed, diverse, uncoordinated. There is a need to integrate IPR/DRM into tools and standards (transparent), which support users in a typical usage scenario (creating, processing, consuming and re-purposing content), simple enough for content creators such as teachers to understand and use.

    • DRM versus autonomous digital objects
    • Copyright versus public domain

  • Evolving Content Business Models
    • Enterprises:
      How content provider could balance access and distribution with the need of manage and control their intellectual property rights and digital environment asset; new creative business models are needed as, for example, service aggregators; rights management providers offer asset management solutions. These often intricate public organisations business relationships, also in relation with private organisation, and are the nub of the content industry.
      Focus on the future e-learning business models as content-based services rather than to think content as the sole business model
    • Authors:
      Economical models / mechanisms for authors to get their production activity supported directly by users.
      The business services needed; Reputation and identity as services, Subscription based Open Content models.

  • Quality of Content and Quality validation
    • Looking at quality at each stage of the digital objects lifecycle:
      factors affecting (pedagogical / technical / semantical) quality when producing the resource, when it is put in a repository and metatagged (interoperability standards), when it is retrieved from the repository (rating by other users/peers/experts/..) and when it is actually used in a learning context.
      Validating educational content on the web may be tricky since a lot of the material is culturally biased and also might need to be related to a national curriculum to be able to be validated for a national agenda, for instance.
      Peer reviewing and rating mechanisms to validate quality within the user community.
      How to collect structured feedback from teachers, in order to get content assessment.

  • Interoperability and Integration
    • This will touch on the whole complexity of integration, including protocols and standards and meta tagging systems. There will be considered the possibility of multiple choices and options, from simple adoption of OAI-PMH protocol and metadata indexing to "content publishers" (Digital Assett Management Systems, portals, content management systems and unstructured data-handling solutions). No simple solutions are available and many are the factors to be considered. This line of discussion wants to explore opportunities and risks, commercial service providers and cultural institutions content providers points of view, evaluating what it works and what does not work.

  • Architectural approaches to fostering shared research and open learning infrastructures

  • Social dynamics involved in educational and research networking
    • Case studies of networks, research fora, the new meaning of conferences the role of maintainers, the role of Open working

  • Learning designs and pedagogy for open content
    • Open content a open access initiatives that are producing attractive and compelling knowledge bases and educational materials.
      Open content based organizations that are producing pedagogically rich and multiligual services.
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