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July 23, 2008

I'm still here!

Its been quite a while since my last blog post, for which I place them blame largely on Twitter, so here is a brief roundup of what I've been up to lately.


I've been really busy with XCRI recently as part of the efforts to harmonize the different specifications for course advertising and syndication across the EU. There is no a draft model out for consultation that we intend to submit for a European standard. There's a lot of enthusiasm for this (see my post on the XCRI blog about the Athens Declaration) and so I'm pretty hopeful that not only will we see a new lightweight EU standard for course advertising, but we'll also see all national initiatives adapting to it in a relatively short period of time. Certainly as soon as the standard is agreed we're planning to make the changes to the XCRI spec needed to conform to it.


This is an Alternate Reality Game project I've been working on. The first rule of ARGOSI is you don't talk about ARGOSI.

On The Horizon

If you haven't already done so, check out the series of blog posts on Mark Feldstein's blog. These are all about the papers we're writing for a special issue of OTH, and I'm writing one of these with Kamala here at Bolton. I think this is going to be a really good journal issue and well worth getting hold of - I'm just worried about making sure our contribution is as thought-provoking as some of the other papers.

Widgets & Wookies

We've been working on using the W3C Widgets spec as the basis for making and delivering collaborative widgets that can be distributed across lots of platforms, both personal and institutional, using a piece of OSS we've developed called Wookie. Some more info in this interview. I'm really excited about this work, and we hope to have some really good stuff about it online soon.


My partner on the project, Kris, had to take some extra leave so we had to put back the release of the next version of the application. We're still planning to get out a new version before the Autumn. Thanks to erveryone whose got in touch asking about how we've been doing!

Conferences, unconferences and so on

I've recently attended EUNIS 2008 in Denmark, and the JISC Innovation Forum at Keele. I've also been along to the CRIG barcamp. However other people have written far more timely and informative posts about all of these things! Next up I've got:

  • ALT-C (are especially the Fringe, F-ALT)
  • the IMS Quarterly meeting here in the UK

There has been a lot more going on, but those are the headlines for now...

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