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GI2MO: Semantically Empowered Idea Management

GI2MO: Semantically Empowered Idea Management | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"GI2MO aims to improve current Idea Management Systems by providing reboost data integration capabilities and additional data analysis tools though rich metadata descriptions. Both of those features are derived from the use of Semantic Web technologies to interconnect data inside the Idea Management Systems with assets published by other systems and accross the World Wide Web. For details on how it is possible to exploit the benefits of Semantic Web in Idea Management see use cases." from source: http://www.gi2mo.org/

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This is an intersting site and project from the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (UPM). The site is worth exploring for both the content about ontologies and taxonomy, but the visualizations for models and use cases. Also, they have information about embedding their tool into CMS's and other social media systems to improve analytics and metadata that can help move to next generation Semantic Web prepared applicatioins.

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NOT-HG-13-003: Request for Information (RFI): Training Needs in Response to Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Initiative

"The National Institutes of Health is launching Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K), an initiative to address how best to manage and utilize the large amounts of biomedical data that new technologies can generate (http://www.nih.gov/news/health/dec2012/od-07.htm).

 

... The era of ‘Big Data’ has arrived for biomedical research, bringing with it immense challenges as well as spectacular opportunities. In this context, ‘Big Data’ is meant to reflect the challenges facing biomedical researchers of all stripes in accessing, organizing, analyzing, and integrating datasets that are increasingly larger, more complex, and more numerous. These data are also of diverse types that must be integrated, including imaging, phenotypic, molecular, exposure, health, and many other types of biomedical, behavioral and clinical data. While used here for convenience, the phrase ‘Big Data’ is intended to be shorthand for the reality that biomedical research has become a data-intensive enterprise.

 

Advances in biomedical sciences using Big Data will require more scientists with appropriate expertise and skills, some of whom will be critical members of interdisciplinary teams. NIH is interested in increasing funding for long- and short-term training at all professional levels, in areas essential for accessing, organizing, analyzing, and integrating biomedical Big Data (e.g., computational biology, biostatistics, bioinformatics, the quantitative sciences, and related areas)." - from source: http://grants.nih.gov

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Big Data, data mining, and the aggregation of data from varied resources are becoming more important to the research community. This initiative of NIH should provide findings and information that can transfer and be applied to other communities and agencies.

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The Human Algorithm: Redefining the Value of Data - Brian Solis

The Human Algorithm: Redefining the Value of Data - Brian Solis | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it
"... The human algorithm is part understanding and part communication. The ability to communicate and apply insights internally and externally is the key to unlocking opportunities to earn relevance. Beyond research, beyond intelligence, the human algorithm is a function of extracting insights with intention, humanizing trends ad possibilities and working with strategists to improve and innovate everything from processes to products to overall experiences.

The idea of the human algorithm is to serve as the human counterpart to the abundance of new social intelligence and listening platforms hitting the market every day. Someone has to be on the other side of data to interpret it beyond routine. Someone has to redefine the typical buckets where data is poured. And someone has to redefine the value of data to save important findings from a slow and eventual death by three-ring binders rich with direction and meaning."
- from the source: http://www.briansolis.com
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NOTE: This article is in parallel with the increasing number of citations about the need and development of curation in the digital environment by people. This means that while computers can gather, mine, sort, and roughly analyze Big Data, there still is a need for a human interface / filter. These people are necessary not only for research or corporate environments, but also libraries, instructional design, and assessment analytics of eLearning ecosystems.

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ghbrett's curator insight, December 14, 2012 11:26 AM

NOTE: This article is in parallel with the increasing number of citations about the need and development of curation in the digital environment by people. This means that while computers can gather, mine, sort, and roughly analyze Big Data, there still is a need for a human interface / filter. These people are necessary not only for research or corporate environments, but also libraries, instructional design, and assessment analytics of eLearning ecosystems.

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8 Types of Technology That Will Be Essential in the 2015 Workplace

"If technology continues to evolve at the current rate, the 2015 workplace could look quite different from today's office spaces -- and may even involve less traditional office space with the rise of telecommuting. From a company's hiring process to sharing knowledge with employees, technology has the ability to change the way we all work.

 

What technology will be essential in the 2015 workplace, but doesn't exist yet?" from: http://www.huffingtonpost.com

 

NOTE: This short post has 8 thought worthy services and technology that would prove mighty helpful in this digital world that is more complex every day. I like the info for "Learning Academies to Keep Up With New Knowledge" (aka Lifelong Learning).

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What your working place might look in 2015?

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Big Data for Higher Ed – Learning Analytics: Leveraging Education Data [Infographic]

Big Data is effecting all industries, including Higher Ed. Created by @tessedel this infographic explains the uses and benefits of Learning Analytics. Learning Analytics: Leveraging Education Data ...
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On the Horizon: The Power and Potential of Analytics | EDUCAUSE.edu

On the Horizon: The Power and Potential of Analytics | EDUCAUSE.edu | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"We are at a crossroads where we can, as described by Marc Parry in College Degrees, Designed by the Numbers, “massively change the likelihood of graduating” for students through a comprehensive analytical capacity that takes student success building blocks as the key performance indicators.  We are able to better tailor and customize instruction to the individual learner.  We will be able to use adaptive technologies to better guide students on successful academic pathways.  Don Norris and I have been working on a toolkit for building organizational capacity in analytics.  We have determined that institutions can better manage the student pipeline; eliminate impediments to retention and student success; utilize dynamic, predictive analytics to respond to at-risk student behavior; evolve learner relationship management systems; create personalized learning environments; engage in large-scale data mining to illuminate pathways to student success; and we can extend student success to include learning, workforce and life success.  This is what is on the horizon in the power and potential of analytics." - source

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ghbrett's comment, July 30, 2012 6:32 PM
This article does a good job of going deeper into to the impact or changes that analytics can and will bring to higher education. The author states "the future of analytics promises to be both a sustaining and disruptive innovation for education." Then she goes on to give examples of both themes. This is a helpful introduction into this new tool for higher education administration.
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EDUCAUSE Analytics Sprint, Day 2 Recap: Analytics for Teaching, Learning, and Student Success | EDUCAUSE.edu

EDUCAUSE Analytics Sprint, Day 2 Recap: Analytics for Teaching, Learning, and Student Success | EDUCAUSE.edu | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"The focus of today’s Sprint activities moved from general issues for higher education into the area of teaching and learning, an area that seemed to strike participants as either the most or the least reasonable place to apply analytics. On the one hand, teaching is the core mission of every college and university, and if using data in new ways can benefit an institution’s teaching, who wouldn’t support that? On the other hand, the magic of learning depends on subtleties and dynamics that can’t be reduced to numbers, doesn’t it?" - source

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Enterprise Analytics: Taking Business Intelligence in New Directions

"All indications point to analytics as being a force in helping the institution achieve its goals in major areas by measuring progress and taking steps to make corrections. Susan Grajek, vice president of data, research, and analytics at EDUCAUSE, noted that analytics is an investment in the future success of institutions. Campuses that align their governance structures, enterprise needs, and IT are on the right track." - source

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NASA - Flagship Initiatives

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"Nebula is an open-source cloud computing platform that was developed to provide an easily quantifiable and improved alternative to building additional expensive data centers and to provide an easier way for NASA scientists and researchers to share large, complex data sets with external partners and the public.

... Cloud computing is a significant departure from the traditional IT infrastructure model. It will require technical training as well as a shift in how our teams and programs think about IT resources. This shift will require us to change budgeting, procurement, workflow, and our approach toward processing, storing, and accessing data. As a mission-driven Agency that is reliant upon data, we will need to provide adequate education and training to employees and contractors for greater adoption." -from source: http://www.nasa.gov/open/plan/nebula.html

ghbrett's insight:

NASA has often been a leader in education and training using new media and emerging technologies. Here is one more instance of that. It is especially important in that it is an open-source project for a cloud-computing platform for dealing with Big Data. Big Data is another emerging technology that this project will serve as a model for other agencies to adopt. The training materials developed for the project should prove worth while as content and as models for other training programs in organizations and agencies.

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ghbrett's curator insight, February 28, 2013 10:27 AM

NASA has often been a leader in education and training using new media and emerging technologies. Here is one more instance of that. It is especially important in that it is an open-source project for a cloud-computing platform for dealing with Big Data. Big Data is another emerging technology that this project will serve as a model for other agencies to adopt. The training materials developed for the project should prove worth while as content and as models for other training programs in organizations and agencies.

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IVMOOC: Information Visualization

IVMOOC: Information Visualization | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

This course provides an overview about the state of the art in information visualization. It teaches the process of producing effective visualizations that take the needs of users into account.


Among other topics, the course covers:
> Data analysis algorithms that enable extraction of patterns and trends in data
> Major temporal, geospatial, topical, and network visualization techniques
> Discussions of systems that drive research and development.

ghbrett's insight:

This course begins next week, but looks to be an interesting overview of Information Visualization and how it can be found and utilized for research, education, and training. It should prove to be worth the time to participate.

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20 Game-Changing Technology Trends That Will Create Both Disruption and Opportunity on a Global Level | Flash Foresights from Daniel Burrus | Big Think

20 Game-Changing Technology Trends That Will Create Both Disruption and Opportunity on a Global Level | Flash Foresights from Daniel Burrus | Big Think | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it
"No matter what industry you’re in, your company can’t survive without technology. And these days, even non-technical employees know that technology goes way beyond desktop computers and networks. From smart phones and tablet computers to mobile apps and cloud-based technology, there’s a plethora of technological advancements to not only keep track of, but also to profit from. To stay competitive, your organization needs to anticipate the most significant technology trends that are shaping your business and then develop innovative ways to use them to your advantage, both inside and outside of your organization. Remember, if it can be done, it will be done. If you don’t use these technologies to create a competitive advantage, someone else will." - from source: http://bigthink.com/
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NOTE: This article provides a list of 20 emerging or evolving technology trends that will become more available in the next 5 years. Most of these are already being adopted by research, teaching, learning, and training organizations. What I liked about the article is the last paragraph where the author states in effect, this is just the tip of the iceberg. The author says this is only a few and there are other trends that will appear on the radar during the coming five years as well. -- ghbrett

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Data Driven Journalism

Data Driven Journalism | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"This website is dedicated to providing anyone interested in getting started with data driven journalism with a collection of learning resources, including relevant events, tools, tutorials, interviews and case studies. The data journalism community and mailing list are dedicated to strengthening the community of journalists, designers, data providers and others, and encouraging collaboration and exchange of expertise.

 

 About our data driven journalism initiative

  The initiative is aimed at enabling more journalists to use data-sets as a source for reporting by providing them with the necessary skills, techniques and tools according to their level of expertise. In order to do so the EJC and its partners will:

  > Provide a series of hands on workshops across Europe and online training sessions with leading data journalists and open data experts to demonstrate how to find, analyse, and create new stories using data-sets.
  > Expand and strengthen an international network of data journalists, designers, developers, and others to encourage collaboration and to exchange knowledge of expertise and best practices with each other.
  > Create a collection of online resources - including interviews, case studies, and tutorials about how data can be used in the newsroom.

 

  If you are interested in partnering with us so as to help achieve these goals or if you have any other inquiries please contact the website editor Liliana Bounegru (bounegru@ejc.net).

 

  This initiative receives partial funding from the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science." -- from the Source

 

NOTE: This site is one of the first I have seen that is devoted to the interpretation and re-use of raw data in articles and reports. As we have more and more information produced as statistics, analytics, and raw data, it will become more important to be able to interpret and communicate the content in a meaningfull way for the audience(s).

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Learning Analytics Resources | Learning and Knowledge Analytics

"It’s getting to be an understatement that learning analytics are exploding as an area of interest. Attention to data and analytics appeals to a fairly broad spectrum – research, K-12, universities, administrators, and startups.

 

While we are getting dangerously close to hype-level, the quality and breadth of literature on learning analytics and educational datamining is improving as well. A few recent resources that I’ve come across may be of interest:

 

The State of Learning Analytics in 2012:A Review and Future Challenges (.pdf). An excellent report by Rebecca Ferguson, providing an overview of LA as well as challenges going forward.
http://kmi.open.ac.uk/publications/pdf/kmi-12-01.pdf

 

Analytics in Higher Education: Establishing a Common Language (.pdf) Self explanatory by title alone :).
http://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/ELI3026.pdf

 

Enhancing Teaching and Learning through Educational Data Mining and Learning Analytics (.pdf). A report by US Dept of Education. Details analytics processes and provides important challenges to consider if the field of LA is to progress.
http://evidenceframework.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/EDM-LA-Brief-Draft_4_10_12c.pdf

 

And finally, last week I presented, "Eli 2012 Sensemaking Analytics," to EDUCAUSE’s online conference on learning analytics. Slides are below:
http://www.slideshare.net/gsiemens/eli-2012-sensemaking-analytics

 

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EDUCAUSE Analytics Sprint, Day 3 Recap: Analytics for Enterprise Efficiency and Effectiveness | EDUCAUSE.edu

EDUCAUSE Analytics Sprint, Day 3 Recap: Analytics for Enterprise Efficiency and Effectiveness | EDUCAUSE.edu | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"Thursday, the third and final day of the EDUCAUSE Analytics Sprint. Today we heard about enterprise-level activities to support analytics at the University of Washington (UW) and at Arizona State University (ASU). By now, everyone knows that analytics programs depend on good data, and we all know that at most institutions, ensuring appropriate access to reliable data is not trivial. As was noted today, colleges and universities are “loose confederations of guilds” in which people tend to fiercely guard their data." - Source

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EDUCAUSE Analytics Sprint, Day 1 Recap: What Does Analytics Mean for Higher Education? | EDUCAUSE.edu

EDUCAUSE Analytics Sprint, Day 1 Recap: What Does Analytics Mean for Higher Education? | EDUCAUSE.edu | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"The EDUCAUSE Analytics Sprint kicked off today (July 24, 2012), with the theme “What Does Analytics Mean for Higher Education?” A broad question, indeed, reflected in the wide-ranging comments and discussion, both in today’s webinar and in the many side and back channels of communication." - Source 

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