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The LinkedUp Project has officially finished with “excellent results” – according to our review!

shooting-star-147722_1280From now on this site is likely to be much quieter…but you can follow future activities on the Open Education Working Group and the W3C Open Linked Education Community Group.

The following post summarises the project and provides some statistics for the LinkedUp blog.

LinkedUp Project

The LinkedUp Project ran from November 2012 – November 2014. There were 6 consortium partners and many more associated partners working on the project. A list of team members is also available. A variety of outcomes are available and will be supported in the future, most notably the LinkedUp Data Catalog or the LinkedUp tool box. A full list of deliverables is provided, the LinkedUp details of the three open data competitions sponsored by the LinkedUp Project are available from the LinkedUp Challenge website.

The project has now officially ended but LinkedUp related work, such as support and sponsorship of future competitions, the collection and exposing of open data in education and the investigation of the potential of Linked Open Data in educational applications, will continue under the ‘Powered by LinkedUp’ auspice.  LinkedUp-related activities will continue, for instance, through the W3C Open Linked Education Community Group, and the Linked Universities and Linked Education platforms. One of the upcoming events will be the LILE2015 workshop and the expansion of the LAK Dataset, and the associated LAK Data Challenge 2015. linkedup-powered

Contact

Future correspondence regarding the LinkedUp Project and related activities, as mentioned above, should be directed to the LinkedUp Project Coordinator, Stefan Dietze of L3S Research Center, Leibniz Universität Hannover.

Blog Statistics

We are publishing the following statistics for future reference. They are intended to inform others about the lifecycle of the blog and assist people wishing to reuse resources by identifying the authors of articles etc.

Active Dates: From 10 December 2012 – 9th February 2015 Number of posts: 174 published posts

Details of contributors:

Details of blog theme: Textbook, customised by Open Knowledge, no plugins used

Licence: The content of this site is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License

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2014 has been a very busy year for the LinkedUp Project! We’ve just had our final review in Luxembourg and hope to be able to share the results with you soon.

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In the meantime we want to offer our Season’s Greetings and thank everyone who has been involved with the project over the last 2 years!

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We wanted to give our all our Vici entries the opportunity to write about their submitted tools. Wikinizer held back on their post so they could write about their new release (which will be called MindGraph). So we’re happy to be able to share a post from Andrew Benedek as an early Christmas present! Enjoy!

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WikiNizer is a next generation concept organization tool which supports personal knowledge work. It was built as a mobile first hybrid app for Android, using a simple in-house graph database implemented in SQLite. Two years ago we started to rebuild it (based on the Capapbility Graph below) as a web app with an OrientDB graph database.

CAPWe selected OrientDB because of its multi model support, preparing the way for the development of Conceptipedia – which supports collaborative knowledge work. In the end we found that the OrientDB graph model did not quite give us what we required, and so we built our own, requiring only cloud storage.

We targeted a number of cloud storage providers, from CloudME, OpenDrive to SME Storage. Eventually we have found Google Drive as a compelling proposition, and developed a way of using Google Docs which incorporated WikiNizer’s own simple semantic markdown into Personal Knowledge Graphs and back. With that in place we were ready, using Freebase, to integrate with Google’s Knowledge Graph, and decided to submit this version, called WikiNizeR Research, as an entry for the LinkedUp Challenge. (Please click here to see our Poster.)

We found that for persistence, collaboration, and creating a Personal Knowledge Graph, Google Docs was exceedingly useful. It enables us to use WikiNizer, even in its current early state, as our tool of choice for web research and conceptualization. A week before the deadline however, just after we committed ourselves to enter the competition, we received the feedback that without a direct manipulable graph editor we would have a hard time of getting users to understand how to use our Google Docs format. We had numerous Google Docs we could work on, and load into WikiNizer, but we did not have time to revise them, and were instead swamped with new development tasks, just for us to reach only the 80% of success by turning up at all. Still it was a valuable exercise, and we are grateful for the opportunity, and the feedback we had received. The main lesson we have learned is the importance of setting “low pass filters” on what is to be tackled in order to complete what is needed to get off the ground.

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Over the past months we have added the most glaring missing features, such as integrating WikiNizeR and Freebase searches, and defining viable end to end workflows, that were previously incomplete. We are currently working on releasing the kernel of WikiNizer, which we now call MindGraph. It will shortly be launched at alpha.wikinizer.com.

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The Open Education Handbook is a collaboratively written living web document targeting educational practitioners and the education community at large that is a LinkedUp deliverable.

Earlier today we had a great Open Knowledge Community session presenting the Open Education Handbook and talking about its future.

The Google Hangout link for the session is still available and contains the video and chat. The video is also on YouTube and embedded below and the slides are available on Slideshare. The Working Group Call etherpad was used for notes before and during the session.

During the session facilitated by Christian Villum from Open Knowledge I presented the Open Education Working Group and gave some background and history on the handbook the group has written. Rob Farrow from the Open University talked about his role in editing the handbook, which allowed us to create a 2014 instance online and in PDF and ePub format.

Martin Poulter from WikimediaUK and Joe Paulger from FLOSS Manuals also joined us and talked about the ways in which they are moving the handbook forward into 2015 and taking it out to the wider community. Martin has already started work moving the Open Education Handbook into Wikibooks and Jo has plans to deliver the handbook as a FLOSS manual but also allow the current version in booktype to be ‘sucked’ into FLOSS manuals (using a direct link) via a new front end she is developing.

There was some really interesting discussion on the challenges of creating a handbook and keeping current and relevant; and on the different approaches that can be used to embed it in to the community. It became apparent that for the handbook to stay alive it will end up being forked (in the software development use of the word), with possible different version popping up over the web. Although there were differing opinions on this there was agreement that the ideal is to let the handbook ‘fly’ and to try and get support for an initiative to create a definitive 2015 version later down the line that revisits the various versions.

There was also a suggestion from Mick Chesterman that we create a splash page for the handbook similar to the one used by http://collaborative-futures.org/. This is something I will definitely do and I hope to update the Open Education Handbook Page in the new year!

Below are some of the useful links shared during the session:

  • Do it Academy – a resource open to all to browse and share resources on digitial skills, media productions and getting your message out there.
  • http://oerresearchhub.org/2014/11/19/oer-evidence-report-2013-2014/ – brings together a range of evidence around the research hypotheses of the product and provides an overview of the impact OER is having on a range of teaching and learning practices.
  • The Battle for Open – a book written by Martin Weller which offers some excellent insights into the open education movement and beyond.
  • Wikibooks – the open-content textbooks collection that anyone can edit.

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We are pleased to announce our first LinkedUp Challenge post project end!

Linked Learning Challenge

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Following on from the successful LinkedUp Veni, Vidi and Vici competitions we are organising the Linked Learning Competition. In this competition we seek prototypes and demos that use open and linked web data for educational purposes. Submissions should showcase novelty with respect to their techniques, application, or educational purpose. A formal evaluation of your application is not required, but you should provide sufficient evidence to convince the program committee why your submission should win. The Linked Learning competition accepts both ongoing work and prototypes exclusively created for the competition (the latter may be smaller scale and less mature than the former category). We compiled a catalogue of datasets to get you started – see http://data.linkededucation.org/linkedup/catalog/.

To enter the competition, submit a 3-page research paper (following the guidelines indicated below) via EasyChair to the competition category of the workshop, in which you briefly introduce your prototype or demo and provide a link to the online demonstration or download. Accepted submissions will be included in the proceedings and presented at the workshop. The winners will be selected by the program committee and workshop organisers, based on the received reviews and presentations during the workshops.

LILE2015

The Linked Learning Competition is part of LILE2015.

The emergence of the Web of Data and its gradual adoption in learning or education-related settings has led to the creation of an embryonic “Web of Educational Data” including institutional data from universities, as well as Linked Data about publicly available educational resources. However, while the very nature of the Linked Data approach offers promising solutions that can potentially transform education and learning, adoption and take-up is still hindered by issues which are both technical as well interdisciplinary. Building on the success of earlier LILE editions, LILE2015 aims at addressing such challenges by providing a forum for researchers and practitioners who make innovative use of Linked Data for educational purposes. LILE2015 will take place on 19 May in Florence, Italy and be collocated with WWW2015.

The LILE2015 workshop aims to be a highly interactive research forum for exploring the promises of the Web of Linked Data in the broad area of learning by gathering researchers from the areas of the Semantic Web, Social Web, Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL), and Education. We will welcome high-quality papers about actual trends in (a) how education takes advantage of the Web of Data, especially through Linked Data technologies and (b) how Linked Data principles are being applied in educational contexts. We will seek application-oriented, as well as more theoretical papers and position papers in the following, non-exhaustive list of topics:

  • Linked data for informal learning and Web-based education
  • Using the Web of Data for personalisation and context-awareness in eLearning
  • schema.org and LRMI for annotating and exploring educational related Web content
  • Light-weight educational metadata schemas
  • Usability and advanced user interfaces in learning environments and linked data
  • Exposing learning objects & resources to the Web of Data
  • Semantic & syntactic mappings between educational metadata schemas
  • Controlled vocabularies, ontologies and terminologies for E-Learning
  • Learning flows and designs with Semantic Web technologies
  • Linked data in learning analytics and educational data mining
  • Visual analytics of educational data
  • Linked data in organizational learning and learning organizations
  • Assessment item generation from Linked Data/Web Data
  • Linked data for harmonizing individual learning goals and organizational objectives
  • Competency management with linked data
  • Collaborative learning on the Web of Data
  • Linked-data enhanced social learning

We welcome the following types of contributions.

  • Short (up to 3 pages) and full (up to 6 pages) research papers
  • Linked Learning Competition submissions (up to 3 pages)

All submissions must be written in English and must be formatted according to the ACM format. Please submit your contributions electronically in PDF format via the LILE2015 submission system at https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=lile2015.

Papers will be evaluated according to their significance, originality, technical content, style, clarity, and relevance to the workshop. At least one author of each accepted paper is expected to attend the workshop and register for the conference. The main workshop proceedings will be published through the ACM Digital Library. Furthermore, authors of selected papers will be invited to submit extended versions to a dedicated journal special issue.

Best paper awards for both submission types, research papers and LinkedUp Challenge submissions, will be kindly provided by the workshop sponsors, i.e. the SIG DataTEL.

Important Dates

  • 24 January 2015: Research paper & Linked Learning Challenge submission deadline
  • 22 February 2015: Notification of acceptance
  • 8 March 2015: Camera-ready paper
  • 19 May 2015: Linked Learning 2015 workshop day

Organisers

  • Stefan Dietze (L3S Research Center, Germany)
  • Mathieu d’Aquin (The Open University, UK)
  • Eelco Herder (L3S Research Center, Germany)
  • Dragan Gasevic (Athabasca University, Canada)

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During the LinkedUp Project, we collected and elaborated use case scenarios for the deployment of the applications within real-world scenarios. These scenarios cover public sector educational scenarios as well as use cases within the private sector, e.g. industrial training and education processes.

The showcases demonstrate the outcomes of the LinkedUp Challenge and show the application of LinkedUp technologies to use case scenarios. The showcases feature a meaningful subset (software, data, etc.) of the functionality characterizing the project demonstrator(s) arrived at, along with relevant copyright notices and contact information, and suitable installation aids (when applicable). We created a card for each shortlisted entry of the three Veni, Vidi, Vici competitions. We designed a common structure and extracted the related information from the submissions and online demos.

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With reference to the 25 cards produced in the end, corresponding to the shortlisted and winners entries coming from the three competitions, we observe that a slight majority comes from small and medium enterprises or companies (respect to educational institutions or individual researchers); this probably led to more elaborated and mature applications.

Respect to the addressed problem of the showcase applications, with no surprise we see that half of them addresses (more or less formal) e-learning; almost one fourth addresses browsing and retrieving of publications and research articles; others address informal learning and/or social connections and other topics. We see the following rationale: the majority addressing e-learning targets the core topic of the project (Linked Data for education) in the more classical meaning. The one fourth addressing research resources belongs to the academic world, aiming to answer a concrete need of the community together with the exploitation of a wide amount of datasets. The applications addressing informal learning and social connections again exploit Linked and open data in informal learning, this being a bit less traditional but with a huge appeal, for the nature of the data and the possibility of applications – exploring data from museums or experts with a certain competence around you can easily result more engaging than browsing lessons or articles. showcase3

The showcases are listed at: http://linkedup-project.eu/resources/showcases/

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Rob Farrow from Open University and Marieke Guy from LinkedUp will present the great Open Education Handbook and talk about the Open Education Working Group in general at an Open Knowledge Community Session. In the session there will be opportunities to discuss what the next steps are for the handbook – so please do come along if you have any ideas!

The session will be on Thursday December 11 at 10.00AM UTC. Hope as many as possible will be able to join us! (Hangout link to be made available on the wiki when we get nearer):

Full details on the Open Education Working Group blog: http://education.okfn.org/community-session-open-education-handbook/

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We’ve now added all our final deliverables to the main site – why not take a look!

  • D1.3 – LinkedUp Challenge results – An overview of the achievements of the LinkedUp Challenge and tangible challenge outcomes in terms of Web data success stories, the open competition framework, and best practices and lessons learned.
  • D2.2.2 – Final version of the Evaluation Framework – LinkedUp consortium’s experience in developing and on-going improvement of the LinkedUp Evaluation Framework.
  • D2.3.3 – Evaluation results LinkedUp challenge, third stage – actual assessment of the participating projects within the LinkedUp Veni, Vidi and Vici competition on the basis of the LinkedUp Evaluation Framework.
  • D3.3 – Non-Technical Support and Guidance – report how software developers and engineers of linked data applications approach ethical topics related to data protection such as copyright and privacy.
  • D4.4.3 – Project Fact Sheet (final) – Important facts about the project.
  • D4.5 – Impact Report (white paper) – An overview of the impact of various dissemination activities and support actions of the LinkedUp Project. By impact we refer to the demonstrable contribution that the project has made to its audience and community.
  • D4.6.2 – Handbook on Open Data in Education (final) – Overview of the handbook – a collaboratively written living web document targeting educational practitioners and the education community at large.
  • D5.2.2 – Exit and sustainability plan – The final Exit and Sustainability Plan of the LinkedUp project as well as implemented actions and activities towards re-use and exploitation that were already carried on during the project course.
  • D5.3 – Show cases – The showcases presented by this deliverable demonstrate the outcomes of the LinkedUp Challenge and show the application of LinkedUp technologies to use case scenarios.

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lseWe’ll be discussing open data in education as part of the LSE LTI NetworkED Seminar series in London on Wednesday 26 November 5:00pm – 7pm.

The talk followed by a Q&A session is on Open Data in Education and will be live streamed and recorded for those who can’t make it.

For more information see the website or have a look at previous talks on the YouTube channel.

The event is free to attend and places can be reserved by emailing imt.admin@lse.ac.uk.

Here’s the full abstract:

Data is very much the flavour of the month, from discussions around data mining and monetisation of data, to privacy issues and monitoring. But what exactly is open data and how does it relate to education? What type of data sets are we talking about and how are they being used? How can open data be used to meet educational needs? Is it just about accountability and transparency, or is there more to it? What about learning analytics? What are the implications of tracking our students? Where does the true potential lie? It clear that open education data sets are of interest to a wide variety of people including educators, learners, institutions, government, parents and the wider public. Marieke Guy will give an overview of the situation as it now stands and prompt us to consider what the implications are for those of us working in Education.

NetworkEd: Technology in Education is a seminar series organised by LSE Learning Technology & Innovation team (LTI). The series invites speakers from education, computing and related fields to discuss how technology is shaping the world of education. Technological developments, particularly the internet, have led to changes in the way institutions can deliver teaching,but are also impacting on students’ skills and and their expectations of higher education. The seminar series is open to all at LSE, but will also be live streamed to enable an audience from around the world to listen to the talk and to participate using a variety of technologies.

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handThe LinkedUp Description of Work describes the ‘LinkedUp Handbook on Open Data in Education’ as a “resource for both educators and Web data providers as well as adopters….The Linked Up Handbook will be created as a living document to reflect project learnings and findings, which will help others, both during the project and beyond it“.

To fulfill this brief the handbook has evolved to consider the broader scope of open education resulting in it being renamed as ‘the Open Education Handbook‘. It is a collaboratively written living web document targeting educational practitioners and the education community at large and has been developed through a series of offline and online events. During its evolution the handbook has received contributions from organisations and individuals that span sectors and countries. The writing of the handbook has been very much embedded within the Open Education Working Group and will continue to remain an important part of working group work.

History of the handbook

The content of the Handbook has been crowd-sourced and drafted over a series of online and offline events. The initial booksprint was held in London on 3rd September 2013 and the handbook was formed in three Google docs. In late 2013 the handbook was moved from Google Docs to Booktype, an open source platform for writing and publishing print and digital books developed by SourceFabric. It has continued to be written in Booktype and the software has been found to be a suitable platform in which to house a collaboratively written handbook. A second booksprint took place in Berlin on Friday 22nd November 2013 and was organised in collaboration with Wikimedia Deutschland. During this event the handbook was ‘chunked up’ into a number of question areas and discussion took place over the direction of the handbook. On January 20th, as an activity for Education Freedom Day, the Open Education Handbook was translated and adapted into Portuguese. This process highlighted some interesting possibilities and challenges for the handbook such as the requirements of a global audience.

Throughout 2014 the handbook has been further developed through a series of Friday Chats that have taken place on the Open Education Working Group mailing list. These discussions have provided the handbook with well-thought out objective content that is not available elsewhere on the web. In late September 2014 in preparation for the delivery of the ‘final version’ of the handbook an external editor (Rob Farrow of the Open University) was employed to proof read the handbook. The editor was asked to look at areas including overall structure, typos and poor writing, universal style, fact checking, citations and links, glossary and definitions.

The handbook is now a comprehensive and intelligent overview of the current situation with regard to Open Education and Open Education data. However to realise its full potential such a resource needs to be allowed to continue to evolve and be built upon. As explained previously, the writing of the handbook has been very much embedded within the Open Education Working Group throughout the LinkedUp Project lifecycle, and it is here that it will continue to stay until a more appropriate place is found. Discussions have already taken place around the future of the handbook and possible ideas include moving it to Wiki books, embedding it within Wikipedia and building a front-end for it to use with Booktype. It is hoped that these ideas can be developed further in discussion with the community.

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