OKAPI Spotlight- May 2008

Every month, OKAPI Spotlight features Open Knowledge news at UC Berkeley and around the world. To contribute, join our email listserv or contact Lizzy.

On Campus

Mixing and Remixing Information
Monday, May 12 1-2pm
110 South Hall, UC Berkeley
Students of Raymond Yee’s “Mixing and Remixing Information” recently just presented their semester long projects. This class focused on creatively remixing and mashing up different web 2.0 content and services, in order to create something new and potentially useful for the public.

Around the World

International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development
April  17-19 2009
Currently inviting submissions of papers, “The goal of the ICTD conference is to provide a forum for academic researchers and scholarly practitioners working with ICT applied to development.  The conference will be scientifically rigorous and multi-disciplinary – papers reporting high-quality original research are
solicited.  Submitted papers will be subjected to double-blind peer review, and a full proceedings will be published at the time of the conference.  The conference will bring together researchers and reflective practitioners in both the social and technical sciences, with anticipated representation from anthropology, sociology, economics, political science, computer science, electrical engineering, industrial design, and the like, in addition to domain specialists in various development fields such as healthcare, agriculture, enterprise, education, governance, etc.
For the purposes of this conference, the term “ICT” will comprise computing devices (e.g. PCs, PDAs, sensor networks), and technologies for voice and data connectivity such as mobile telephony, the Internet, and related technologies. Application domains include, but are not restricted to, education, agriculture, enterprise, healthcare, poverty alleviation, general communication, and governance.  Papers considering
novel design, new technology, project assessment, policy, impact, content, social issues around ICT for development, and so forth will be considered. Well-presented negative results from which generalizable
conclusions can be drawn are also sought.”

Prescot Street
A website documenting ongoing excavations at Prescot Street, a site in Aldgate, which is near London. The site allows the public to access current data, photos of the day, video, as well as teaching materials.

WorldWide Telescope
Created by researchers working at Microsoft, “The WorldWide Telescope (WWT) is a Web 2.0 visualization software environment that enables your computer to function as a virtual telescope—bringing together imagery from the best ground and space-based telescopes in the world for a seamless exploration of the universe.” The user is able to take guided tours and explore, on their own, the universe.

From Collaboratories to Public Space: Bringing the World to Students and Putting Classrooms in the Wild
Tuesday, May 13, 2008, 5:00 to 8:00 pm
A panel discussion focusing on the vast amount of online resources that students, faculty , and teachers potentially have access to recently occurred in San Franciso. Entitled From Collaboratories to Public Space: Bringing the World to Students and Putting Classrooms in the Wild, this discussion was sponsored by the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME), whose mission is to “understand and improve how schools, colleges, universities, and the organizations that support them build their capacity to collect and share information systematically, apply it to well-defined problems, and create knowledge-driven environments focused on learning and success.”


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