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March, 2012


    March 30, 2012 by Robin Englebright




    I’m hoping to do this with a degree of regularity…


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  2. Taking a ride in the xcri-cap Elevator-

    March 30, 2012 by Robin Englebright

    Some of you may be aware of the #coursedata programme, where JISC are funding institutions to improve their course information, and as a manifestation of this, produce an xcri-cap feed.

     (xcri-cap – eXchanging Course Related Information,Course Advertising Profile)

     Some of you will also be aware of the JISC Elevator, a cracking way of getting the wider community to vote up ideas for funding. 

    Imagine both of those tasty ideas rolled into one, and you get the UCLAN elevator pitch submission.

    If you haven’t voted, you really should.


  3. Coadec – Coalition for a Digital Economy – call to action

    March 13, 2012 by Robin Englebright

    The weekly Coadec newsletter continues to be a source of useful information that requires engagement and action.

    To sign up email sara[DOT]Kelly[AT]coadec[DOT]com or mooch about on


    “This week Coadec will be responding to the House of Lords Communications Committee inquiry which asks for applicants to argue whether superfast broadband presents a threat to media and creative industries. We encourage as many people as possible to respond to the Call for Evidence (even if it is just on this one question). If you would like to add your name to our response please do not hesitate to get in touch by simply replying to this email.

    There are some interesting conferences coming up this month. This week we have Digital London Summit and Showcase taking place on Tuesday and Wednesday where Coadec’s Chairman Jeff Lynn will be speaking. 


    To show your support for Coadec’s work, please join our supporters list here. You can also follow Coadec on Twitter and LinkedIn, like us on Facebook, and add us to your circles on Google+.”



  4. letter from the cabinet – open standards

    March 8, 2012 by Robin Englebright

    This came through this afternoon, thought it worth sharing

    As you may know, the Government is currently inviting people to give their views on open standards for software interoperability, data and document formats in government IT, through an online consultation on open standards.

    The consultation builds on the feedback we received during the UK Government Open Standards Survey, which took place in 2011. Thank you for taking the time to provide your views as part of the Survey. There was a great response and we learned a lot from the comments we received.

    The results from the Survey have helped shape the proposed policy and questions that we’re consulting on in Open Standards: Open Opportunities. The results of the survey and the consultation will inform:

    • the definition of open standards in the context of government IT;

    • the meaning of mandation and the effects compulsory standards may have on government departments, delivery partners and supply chains; and

    • international alignment and cross-border interoperability.

    It’s important that we get as much feedback from the IT community as possible – so I urge you to consider the questions raised and to respond to the online consultation at by 3 May.

    We look forward to hearing from you.

    ICT Futures

    Cabinet Office


    Twitter: @ICT_Futures

  5. #openedspace First Open Education Week: treat yourself, learn something

    March 6, 2012 by Robin Englebright


    This is the first ever global Open Education Week #openeducationwk.

    I am not overstating things when I say that education is THE most important thing.

    It is what raises us from the filth, what pulls us into the light and lets us reflect on our place in the universe.


    There is a cost.

    A cost for those who would educate others in the time and resource to prepare and support a learning journey.

    A cost for those who would learn in time and commitment, and perhaps more contentiously money.

    So take this opportunity to find what you can learn without committing any money,  see what UK Universities are offering:

    Me I’m aiming to attend a webinar tomorrow afternoon and learn how the Nottingham Xpert Attribution service is progressing:

    What are you going to learn?

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