Brainshop on Web and Collaborative Technologies for Higher Education (ICE2010)

Brainshop on Web and Collaborative Technologies for Higher Education (ICE2010)

Vienna, July 5th, 2010
In Conjunction with ICWE 2010

The goal of this brainshop is to create a community of people interested in harnessing the power of the web, to be able to provide collaborative technologies that foster new ways of Learning and Teaching. Our motivation is to improve education in a sustainable manner, both in technologically advanced countries as well as in developing countries. Participants interested in contributing to this event should be those that are passionate about providing (or helping to provide) high quality education and that are interested in exploring how web-collaboration technologies can assist in matters such as: preparation of class material and its execution, student collaboration in projects, tools supporting education and the creation and management of educational communities.

We envision this as an opportunity to gather and discuss about stories of success and failure, about ideas and possibilities; to build together a vision and define a plan towards its completion.
More precisely, the desired output of the event is to have:

– A consolidated document that describes what we feel is missing in this space, which are the problems we need to solve and technologies we need to develop in the short and medium term
– A concrete set of steps for how we may address these problems
– A set of consortia for coordinated submissions to european or NSF projects (or from other funding sources)

The event will have no formal proceedings. Results will be collected and published at the icebar web page. Furthermore, a summary of the results and vision will be published in the ICWE workshop proceedings.
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Examples of Scientific Knowledge Objects (SKO) in the real world: EuroPLoP papers

While preparing EuroPLoP proceedings for submission to DBLP, it occurred to me that EuroPLoP conference follows versioning model followed by the SKO theory. Each year, authors submit papers, which are being improved for three months of shepherding and, sometimes, for two more months left before the conference. Then, versions of the papers being workshopped at the conference appear (and stay forever on the conference page, see, for instance, papers workshopped at EuroPLoP 2003). After the conference, authors have five more months to refine their papers, and post them to the final and official proceedings (e.g., EuroPLoP 2003 proceedings). What is missing now, is an explicit link between the two versions. However, it is easily fixable – author names and, often, titles remain the same. For instance, have a look at the workshopped and final versions of Pippin Barr’s paper on “Interface Ontology: Creating a Physical World for Computer Interfaces”: several figures were added and the paper was shortened, apart from more subtle changes in the content (to discover latter, you should read both papers). Of course, I guess, not all papers make it to the final proceedings, or some are exactly the same as at the time of the conference.

Similar format is adopted by interdisciplines. As far as I know, some conferences or workshops in computer science also have post-proceedings. This indicates that the real world provides a lot of examples for bootstrapping SKOs (in this case, the versioning aspect) and testing this LiquidPub line of research.