18 Matching Annotations
  1. Mar 2019
    1. In a perfect world, the author would sell you a license to the book and you'd just read it on whatever platform suited you. For now, the leading ebook providers are not making this easy so I end up with some titles (and associated annotations) on one platform and other titles on another, which is far more complicated than it needs to be.

  2. May 2018
    1. It should be noted that the number of female founders (and employees) is also significantly higher in social enterprises. According to the State of Social Enterprise Survey (2013), 38% of social ventures are led by women.

      So interesting! Annotating on Alex's annotation here.

  3. Nov 2017
    1. xAPI is a json based data structure that's for expressing the actions taken by a user. It's popular for tracking activity across websites because of it having a standard base schema with flexibility for providing contextual information based on use-case.
    1. H5P elements naturally emit xAPI statements

      Some of them, at least. There are content types which do not emit xAPI statements, sadly enough.

    1. Often our solutions must co-exist with existing systems. That’s why we also invest time and money in emerging standards, like xAPI or Open Badges, to help connect our platforms together into a single ecosystem for personal, social and data-driven learning.
    1. David Smetters (in the G+ locked-in comments):

      A similar article could have been written 10 years ago about QTI 2.x. The vendors had coalesced around QTI 1.x, tweaking it as needed. Then QTI 2.x was created, but not with involvement by the vendors who implemented QTI 1.x. Somewhere along the way, QTI 2.x was pulled from the IMS website, only to reappear many months later, unchanged. There has been little adoption of QTI 2.x in the market and it still causes confusion for newcomers who think it's the "standard" they should be following.

  4. Sep 2017
    1. Over the course of many years, every school has refined and perfected the connections LMSs have into a wide variety of other campus systems including authentication systems, identity management systems, student information systems, assessment-related learning tools, library systems, digital textbook systems, and other content repositories. APIs and standards have decreased the complexity of supporting these connections, and over time it has become easier and more common to connect LMSs to – in some cases – several dozen or more other systems. This level of integration gives LMSs much more utility than they have out of the box – and also more “stickiness” that causes them to become harder to move away from. For LMS alternatives, achieving this same level of connectedness, particularly considering how brittle these connections can sometimes become over time, is a very difficult thing to achieve.
  5. Jul 2017
  6. Mar 2017
    1. Indeed, cannibalizing a federated application-layer protocol into a centralized service is almost a sure recipe for a successful consumer product today. It's what Slack did with IRC, what Facebook did with email, and what WhatsApp has done with XMPP. In each case, the federated service is stuck in time, while the centralized service is able to iterate into the modern world and beyond.

      What Slack, Facebook, WhastApp and others have done to not allow users to use their favorite app to communicate with someone who another app. Sad and bad!

      What would you do if had to use the same email client/provider as the people you want the communicate with?

  7. Feb 2016
    1. We don’t know if content will be interoperable – that is, usable beyond the Amazon (Kindle) ecosystem – or if there’ll be integration with other software systems.

      If not then it really wouldn't be truly "open."

  8. Jan 2016
    1. As NSFdirector Ardent L. Bement, Jr., observes, “with today's electrical grid. . . my neighbor and I can use differentappliances to meet our individual needs; as long as the appliances conform to certain electrical standards,they will work reliably,” and a sufficiently advanced cyberinfrastructure will work similarly: researchers willhave “easy access to the computing, communication, and information resources they need, while pursuingdifferent avenues of interest using different tools.”92

      Helpful analogy for thinking about importance of open standards/interoperability.

  9. Dec 2015
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  11. Jul 2015
    1. Users need digital collections that contain interoperable content or functionality that facilitates comparative analyses of digital materials.

      Enter IIIF for images

  12. Mar 2014
    1. There is no technical or functional reason not to use and establish EPUB 3 as an/the interoperable (open) e-book format standard. One short term obstacle is the non-availability of reader applications able to display all EPUB 3 features. However, this problem should be fixed soon by the IDPF Readium initiative which is developing an open source reference system and rendering engine for EPUB 3