Reading list for February 2014


Analog reading devices 😉

Here are some interesting things published recently about topics relevant for WWSemWeb :

  • Firefox OS does not plan to take over the World but we are likely to see it powering devices aimed at developing economies and priced as low as $25. [link]
  • This interesting text about e-learning points out that it is not the mere fact of introducing computers into the learning process that will improve learning itself. The true transformations are not to be sought into the tooling of the learning process but into the changes in this process. New education will be 1) more personalized, 2) more cooperation and team-work oriented and 3) feature more diverse rewarding schemes. The paper concludes saying that in a button-pusher society it is also critical to teach how-to, and give the envy to, to everyone to create new buttons. [link]
  • In a blog post announcing her new position at the UvA, Linnet Taylor reminds us that “It’s hard to think of any iniquity in a low-income country that hasn’t been called Development at some point, from enslaving people and using their natural resources to kidnapping their children so they could be taught to behave like Europeans“. Looking at big data emitted by low income countries a lot of care has to be given to protect the people behind this data and keep an eye on their direct interests. [link]
  • The city of Québec, in Canada, just conducted a massive study over 6057 students and 302 teachers over the pedagogical usages of an iPad. The study shows that tablets are a media consumption device mostly used for Web search, social activities, gaming and personal information management. Reading (e-book) and writing usages are rather limited. Interestingly, 99% of the respondents (6055 students) agreed saying that the tablet is a source of distraction that, according to some of them, can ultimately lead to a negative impact on scholarly results. The concluding recommendations of the report are around better framing the educative usage of tablets (design proper software, inform parents and students, update the pedagogic program, train the teachers, …) and take benefit of the touch features for learning how to write. [link]
  • On a related topic, Privacy International lists the challenges big and open data pose when looked at from a perspective that values privacy and a human rights approach to development. Namely, that knowledge is power and that openness is a potential threat to privacy rights. Something that was also pointed out in the work of IKM Emergent. Carly Nyst concludes the article urging data evangelists not to ask themselves “what problems can big or open data solve, but what problems might they cause“. [link]

Have you also been doing some interesting reading recently ? Feel free to share in the comments and/or ping me if you want to contribute to the next edition of this reading list 😉

I am a researcher mainly interested in : architectures for publishing, consuming and preserving Linked Open Data in low-resource contexts; complex systems; education; data visualisation; video games

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