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15 APRIL 2012

Open Archives Initiative

"The Open Archives Initiative develops and promotes interoperability standards that aim to facilitate the efficient dissemination of content. The Open Archives Initiative has its roots in an effort to enhance access to e–print archives as a means of increasing the availability of scholarly communication. Continued support of this work remains a cornerstone of the Open Archives program. The fundamental technological framework and standards that are developing to support this work are, however, independent of the both the type of content offered and the economic mechanisms surrounding that content, and promise to have much broader relevance in opening up access to a range of digital materials. As a result, the Open Archives Initiative is currently an organization and an effort explicitly in transition, and is committed to exploring and enabling this new and broader range of applications. As we gain greater knowledge of the scope of applicability of the underlying technology and standards being developed, and begin to understand the structure and culture of the various adopter communities, we expect that we will have to make continued evolutionary changes to both the mission and organization of the Open Archives Initiative.

The OAI–ORE Executive provides overall leadership to the project and holds primary responsibility for the project budget and the ultimate success of the work. Carl Lagoze – Computing and Information Science, Cornell University, Herbert Van de Sompel – Digital Library Research and Prototyping, Los Alamos National Laboratory Research Library.

Funding and Support: Support for Open Archives Initiative activities has come from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Coalition for Networked Information, the Digital Library Federation, and from the National Science Foundation (IIS–9817416 and IIS–0430906)."

(Open Archives Initiative)



access • adopter communities • Andrew W. Mellon Foundationarchivearchives • availability of scholarly communication • Coalition for Networked Information • content • Digital Library Federation • digital materials • dissemination of content • e-print • e-print archives • ePrint • evolutionary changes • interoperability standards • metadata • metadata harvesting • National Science Foundation • new and broader range of applications • OAI-ORE • OAI-PMHopenOpen Archives Initiative • Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting • open protocols • opening up access • protocolprotocols • research documents • scope of applicability • structure and culture • technological framework • technological standards • underlying standards • underlying technology


Simon Perkins
14 APRIL 2012

Open Educational Resources: CK-12 Foundation

"CK–12 Foundation is a non–profit organization with a mission to reduce the cost of textbook materials for the K–12 market both in the U.S. and worldwide. As a leading member of the OER movement, CK–12 is using an open–content, web–based collaborative model termed the 'FlexBook.' With these free, common core aligned and NSES aligned digital textbooks, CK–12 intends to pioneer the generation and distribution of high quality educational STEM content that will serve both as core text as well as provide an adaptive environment for learning through the FlexBook Platform"

(CK–12 Foundation)



access • CA initiative • California Free Digital Textbooks Initiative • CC • CC BY-NC-SA license • CC license • CK-12 Foundationcourse materials • customisable textbooks • customise textbooks • digital textbooks • flexbook • flexbooks • free digital textbooks • free materials • free online textbooks • free use • growing costs of textbooks • high school • in the public domain • K-12 • K-12 schools • learning and teachinglearning resource • next generation textbooks • nonprofit • NSES • OERonline access • online textbooks • Open Educational Resources (OER) • open license • open textbooks • PDF • share their materials • STEM • student resources • teacher resources • textbook • textbooksUniversal Education Search


Simon Perkins
10 FEBRUARY 2012

Courtney Johnston: crowdsourcing weather and food history

"Taking the digital pulse of libraries, galleries and museums, looking at new and interesting ways to access and interact with collections from all over the world."

(Radio New Zealand, 30 November 2011 Radio New Zealand)

[Courtney Johnston takes time out of the National Digital Forum ( to talk to Radio New Zealand's Kathryn Ryan about crowdsourcing weather and food history. Read more on her blog at: http://best–of––after.html]

Old Weather, National Maritime Museum, London: a citizen–science project where volunteers are helping transcribe the logbooks of Royal Navy ships from around the time of World War One.
What's on the menu, New York Public Library: learning what people were eating a century ago in New York by transcribing NYPL's special collection of historical menus
Australian Dress Register: Collecting examples and information about clothing in New South Wales before 1945, from public and private collections.
Remix and Mash up competitions: Mix and Mash winners LibraryHack winners.


2011accessAotearoa New Zealandarchives • Australian Dress Register • Boost New Media • Brenda Leeuwenberg • conference • Courtney Johnston • crowdsourcingdatabaseDickens Journals Onlinedigital collectionsdigital heritage • digital pulse • digitisationfandom • food history • galleries • historical menus • history • Kathryn Ryan • libraries • menus collection • museumMuseum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa • National Digital Forum • NDF • Nine to Noon • Old Weather • Radio New Zealand • transcribe • weather • weather history • Wellington


Simon Perkins
13 NOVEMBER 2011

Junction Arts: Derbyshire participatory arts organisation

"Junction Arts is a participatory arts organisation based in Shirebrook in the district of Bolsover, North East Derbyshire. Our primary aim is to increase and extend access to high quality arts through inspirational innovative participatory arts programmes and projects through partnership and collaboration within the rural areas of the East Midlands.

We believe that the arts changes peoples lives, builds confidence, self–esteem increases communication and supports community and personal empowerment. Junction Arts has developed and maintained a strong focus on regeneration and community development within the context of neighbourhood renewal.

Junction Arts is core funded by Arts Council England East Midlands, Bolsover District Council and Derbyshire County Council. Project support is achieved through strong partnerships with Parish and Town Councils, local and regional agencies and voluntary and statutory organisations. A Board of Directors and Trustees manage the Charity and Company Limited by Guarantee."

(Junction Arts)



accessartsArts Council England East Midlands • Bolsover • Bolsover District Council • charitycivic engagementcommunitycommunity developmentcommunity regenerationcreative participation • Derbyshire County Council • East Midlandsfamily • Junction Arts • Midlands (region) • neighbourhood renewal • North East Derbyshire • participatory arts organisation • participatory arts programmes • participatory arts projects • personal empowermentprojects • regional agencies • rural areas • self-esteem • Shirebrook • societyUKyouth


Simon Perkins
04 OCTOBER 2011

Discussion Paper: a new Australian classification scheme?

"This chapter outlines factors in the media environment that necessitate reform of media classification and the development of a new National Classification Scheme. It identifies the range of trends which have been associated with media convergence, including increased access to high–speed broadband internet, digitisation, globalisation, accelerated innovation, the rise of user–created content and the changing nature of the media consumer, and the blurring of distinctions between public and private media consumption. It also draws attention to findings arising from the Convergence Review, and recent work undertaken by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (the ACMA) on 'broken concepts' in existing broadcasting and telecommunications legislation and their relevance to media classification. "

(Australian Law Reform Commission, 30 September 2011, p.45)

1). Australian Law Reform Commission (September 2011). 'National Classification Scheme Review', Discussion Paper 77

[Recommendations by Australian government agency for media policy and law reform.]


2011 • accelerated innovation • access • ACMA • ALRC • Australia • Australian Communications and Media Authority • Australian Law Reform Commission • Australian Law Reform Commission Act • broadbandbroadcasting • broken concepts • changeconsumptionconvergencedigitisationdiscussion paper • federal agency • globalisation • Graham Meikle • high-speed broadband • ICTknowledge-based economylaw • legal reform • legislation • media classification • media consumermedia convergencemedia policymedia regulation • National Classification Scheme • old media • private media • private media consumption • reform • reform of media classification • reviewtechnological innovationtelecommunications • telecommunications legislation • trends • user-created content


Simon Perkins

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