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The Innovation of Loneliness: short film based on Sherry Turkle book 'Alone Together'

The Innovation of Loneliness: short film based on Sherry Turkle book 'Alone Together' | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

Above, Shimi Cohen's animated short film, "The Innovation of Loneliness." What is the connection between Social Networks and Being Lonely? Inspired and Based on the wonderful book by Sherry Turkle, "Alone Together." Also Based on Dr.


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I enjoyed near the end of the book when Sherry writes about sending and receiving letters from her mother while she was in college. In comparison, her daughter is studying in Ireland and they communicate almost daily via email, video conferencing. But much of that digital communication is ephemeral, where as the the analog letters have been around for decades. Food for thought.

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20 Eye-Opening Stats You Probably Didn't Know About Mobile Learning

20 Eye-Opening Stats You Probably Didn't Know About Mobile Learning | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"Still not convinced Mobile Learning is something your organization should evaluate? Consider these eye-opening statistics published by different organizations such as ASTD, iPass, Towards Maturity and Ambient Insight. Data from their most recent surveys reveals some interesting facts that you might be interested in.

 

We’ve collected these facts about mobile learning to make the case for why all of us (consumers and eLearning professionals alike) need to take notice of the implications of mobile in the learning industry. "

from source: http://fluency21.com/

 

#mLearning #smartphones #tablets #wireless #collaboration #statistics #teaching #training #working #instructional-design #instruction

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The list of twenty statistics about Mobile Learning come from reports by well known research companies, eLearning and Instructional Design organizations. The information covers a broad range of mobile platforms and how they are being used not only for training and education, but also for collaborative work. This article has many links to original sources that serve to provide the reader more in depth detail about the topics. This is a good resource in addition to being informative itself.

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bobembry's Life-TIME Investment System © ℠ ::: RLA + Exp

bobembry's Life-TIME Investment System © ℠ ::: RLA + Exp | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"rlaexp.com = Real Life Adventures + Exploration

 

... This page is an introductory brainroad for exploring some of the major aspects of our unfolding knowledge economy and knowledge society.

 

... The purpose of this entire site: preparing for a different world and different future across multiple time spans in one’s life and the lives of those connected to you through time: associates in your organizations across time and parent to child to grandchild. Additionally, every topic can be viewed from several vantage points: a top manager looking at other organization members; organization members looking at each other; citizens looking at organizations and their members; an organization looking for acquisition targets … There are serious implications attached to each of these and they are in the news almost everyday." from source: http://rlaexp.com/

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This very long page prints out to be 60 pages long, but it is full of facts, images, knowledge, wisdom, controversial notions, ideas, excitement, and more thoughtful information than I have seen together in one place for a long time. It is one of those resources that becomes a starting point or at least a side journey for those who are engaged in information technology, communication, collaboration, computing, and applied knowledge.

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Education Futures | Moving beyond Education 2.0

From John Moravec "There’s a lot of talk about moving to “Education 2.0″ –but, what would Education 3.0 look like?

 

Here’s my take [a matrix image] on the Education 1.0 – 3.0 spectrum:" from source: http://www.educationfutures.com

ghbrett's insight:

This is an interesting and prescient take on the direction of Education by John Moravec. I don't really care about the number 1.0 - 2.0 - 3.0. The meat for me are the short descriptions of where he saw education / training going in 2008. The comments are an interesting read as well since they provide a dialog with additional resources as well as questions and rebuttal to John's vision. Thanks to +John Graves for sharing this link with me.

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The 7 Most Powerful Ideas In Learning Available Right Now

The 7 Most Powerful Ideas In Learning Available Right Now | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"These aren’t single tools to “try,” but news ways to think about how learners access media, how educators define success, and what the roles of immense digital communities should be in popularizing new learning models." from: source: http://www.teachthought.com/


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Barbara Truman's curator insight, February 28, 2013 8:12 AM

Many of these principles apply to cross-generational learning that can take place all the time, everywhere if we figure out how to make it so. 

ghbrett's curator insight, February 28, 2013 9:21 AM

This is a good article about shifts from traditional modes of learning and training to come in line with emerging trends in teaching and training. It presents a wholistic concept for how a teacher can combine analog and digital processes and concetps to ensure successful experiences for the learner.

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SecArmy after exploring virtual, live training at Fort Sill: Training cost-effective, crucial | Article | The United States Army

SecArmy after exploring virtual, live training at Fort Sill: Training cost-effective, crucial | Article | The United States Army | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"Secretary of the Army John McHugh was briefed on how the Fires Center of Excellence uses different training environments to be more cost effective after a visit here, Feb. 6-7.

 

"The depth of training capability they have, really from initial entry [training] right into pre-command, is impressive," said McHugh. "And the way in which they take care of our Soldiers is equally impressive."


This was McHugh's first visit to Fort Sill.

 

"If you look at our challenges with respect to training into the future, the development and utilization of simulators here at Fort Sill is instructive to people like myself," said McHugh"" from source: http://www.army.mil/

ghbrett's insight:

This is a good example of how the US Army is taking advantage of various learning envrionments such as simulations, virtual reality, collaboration, distance learning, eLearning, and other emerging technology. 

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Toward Peeragogy | DMLcentral

Toward Peeragogy | DMLcentral | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it
"I (Howard Rheingold) also discovered, through a co-learner in a Rheingold U class, about "Paragogy" -- the nascent theory of peer to peer pedagogy. The co-learner, Charles Danoff, wrote a paper about it with Joseph Corneli: Paragogy: Synthesizing Individual and Organizational Learning. Searching on the word "paragogy" reveals more resources -- but not so many that they can't be surveyed quickly. The field is just beginning to grow.

I've been invited to deliver the 2011 Regents' Lecture at University of California, Berkeley. I intend to expand the paragogy universe by instigating a peer-created guide to pure peer-to-peer learning. I'm calling it "peeragogy." While "paragogy" is more etymologically correct, "peeragogy" is self-explanatory. In my lecture, I'll explain the evolution of my own pedagogy and reveal some of what I've discovered in the world of online self-organized learning. Then I will invite volunteers to join me in a two week hybrid of face-to-face seminars and online discussion. Can we self-organize our research, discover, summarize, and prioritize what is known through theory and practice, then propose, argue, and share a tentative resource guide for peeragogical groups? In theory, those who use our guide to pursue their own explorations can edit the guide to reflect new learning.

It's not exactly a matter of making my own role of teacher obsolete. If we do this right, I'll learn more about facilitating others to self-organize learning." http://dmlcentral.net/
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Recently there has been great interest in massive open online courses (MOOCs) as collaborative online learning experiences. This reviewer has been hearing, reading, listening, and talking about collaboration for education, training, and research for a couple decades now. Moving beyond the MOOC concept, Howard's article is a thoughtful piece on his and other's view of peeragogy. It contemplates the where and the how "peeragogy" will be a convergence of collaboration, self-learning, organized learning, MOOCs and other online collaborative resources. There is great potential here for advances in how to use technology. This will happen in a way that improves communication between and among students, teachers, and others.  Plus "peeragogy" will engage people to become participants in these processes rather than silent observers.

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Howard Rheingold-- co-learners, Paragogy

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Digital Research Tools

Digital Research Tools | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"This wiki collects information about tools and resources that can help scholars (particularly in the humanities and social sciences) conduct research more efficiently or creatively. Whether you need software to help you manage citations, author a multimedia work, or analyze texts, Digital Research Tools will help you find what you're looking for. We provide a directory of tools organized by research activity, as well as reviews of select tools in which we not only describe the tool's features, but also explore how it might be employed most effectively by researchers. - from source https://digitalresearchtools.pbworks.com/

If you are unfamiliar with some of the jargon, please see our Glossary page.

NOTE: This is an amazing resource for many eLearning tools that are categorized by functional area (e.g., collaboration, use mobile devices, take notes / annotate resources). It is a reference that deserves bookmarking.

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Students in Free Online Courses Form Groups to Study and Socialize - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Students in Free Online Courses Form Groups to Study and Socialize - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"As enrollment has rapidly increased in free online classes, also known as Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOC’s, students are increasingly forming groups, both online and in the real world, to study and socialize.

 

Whether aiming to make the experience more personal or to learn more about the possibilities of free online education, the students are seeking out various ways to connect with classmates." -- from Source

 

NOTE: the article goes on to give a couple well explained descriptions of different ways the groups are formed or used and which technologies they use to create their groups.

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7 Elements of Human Centric IT [Infographic]

7 Elements of  Human Centric IT [Infographic] | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"Government IT leaders and knowledge workers are faced with the task to make smarter decisions at faster speeds and with fewer resources. As the government IT landscape continues to change, agencies must focus on human-centric IT solutions to improve their business functions. This means crafting IT systems that connect people to process to transform service delivery.

GovLoop has partnered with Pegasystems to develop the infographic below. The infographic, Defining Human-Centric IT,  will walk you through this new model of governance and highlight the benefits of a human-centric design. This is the way forward for government and is rapidly changing the role of the public sector employee and leading to improved services for citizens." from source: http://www.govloop.com

#agile #innovation #change-management #information-technology #IT #ITC #communications #collaboration #mobile #tablets #progress #ROI #adoption #Transformers #Traditionalists #Transformation #Not-invented-here


ghbrett's insight:

This page points to a somewhat interactive infographic about 7  elements of human centric information technologies. While the target here is government, it is a model that can apply to any enterprise whether corporate or academic. The Traditionalists are those who do business as usual. Or else they are too busy being either time or financially constrained to try anything out of the track (rut) already planned. Whereas the Transformers are calculated risk takers who focus on the needs of their members/clients/audience. They adapt to and adopt new policies as well as new technologies. These changes will lead to further changes as they evaluate and move forward with their successes.

What I like about this infographic is that it presents a parallel viewpoint of the processes each culture uses for comparison. For example stage one: Traditionalist - "The Current Model leads to loss, error, and duplication; while the Transformer's tip 1 is to Think Big, Start Small. And so one.

Again consider this chart as a metaphor or model for your agency or enterprise. In some cases it is signing to the choir of transformers, on the other hand it may provide the Transformer guidance in approaching a Traditionalist Management process.

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Quip Is A Beautiful New Mobile-First Word Processor From Ex-Facebook CTO Bret Taylor | TechCrunch

Quip Is A Beautiful New Mobile-First Word Processor From Ex-Facebook CTO Bret Taylor | TechCrunch | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"30 years later and our word processing software hasn't changed, not even to adapt to mobile. That changes tonight with the launch of Quip, a free new word processing app from former Facebook CTO Bret Taylor's new startup" TechCrunch.

 

From Quip.com:

... Quip works on the desktop (PC and Mac), iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and Android. Wherever you are, whatever device you are using, you can use Quip.
... With Quip, everyone can edit the same version of the document at the same time. There's just one document and one thread that shows the entire history of the document through diffs, not a bunch of attachments with indecipherable titles like “ClientProposal-Kevin-Version3.doc.”
... Quip combines documents and messages into a single chat-like “thread” of updates. You can discuss the document you are editing directly in the thread without having to shuffle back and forth from email to talk about it, and all messages show up in real-time. Your Quip home screen has an inbox, enabling you to easily see the documents that have been shared with you, as well as new edits and messages.
... Diffs are simple visual representations of edits to a document. Diffs get added to the thread every time an edit is made, showing what's changed, who made the change, and when they made it. When someone else edits a document, diffs make it easy to stay up-to-date without re-reading the whole document.
... All the features in Quip work perfectly offline on your phone or tablet. Whether you're on an airplane or in a no-service zone, you can create new documents or edit existing ones, and even send messages. Whenever you have internet connection again, your changes will sync automatically. Even if multiple people are simultaneously editing a document offline, the changes will merge seamlessly.
... Shared folders enable you to easily share documents with a group. Create a folder for your family's recipes or to organize a project for your team. Everyone in the shared folder can add documents or contribute to the documents already in the folder. You can also create subfolders within a shared folder, which can be restricted to a smaller group.
... Use @mentions to reference a person or a document. You can use @mentions in both documents and messages to create a dynamic link to any of your Quip documents or reference any of your contacts. Mentioning a person makes it easy to identify someone within a document, such as when assigning a task. The same @ symbol is used to insert photos and tables.
... Working together is easier when you know whether someone is online. You can see someone's presence in multiple places on Quip — even what folder or document they're in. Your Contacts list also shows you who's online, what device they're using, and what they're working on, as well as when your offline contacts were last online.
... Read receipts appear at the bottom of each document thread. They're an easy way to see who's read your edits or the messages you've sent. You can see who's read the most recent updates, and when everyone is up-to-date, the text will change to “Read by everyone”.
... One of the formatted list options is a checklist, which turns your document from a static piece of paper into an interactive task list. Manage your grocery list with a roommate, your personal to-do's, or your team task list.
... When you're using Quip in a browser, chat tabs enable you to easily view and respond to messages regardless of what document you're working on. When a new message is sent in one of your documents or threads, a chat tab will appear in the bottom right corner of the screen. You can respond inside the chat tab or click through to the document itself.

> Quip site: https://quip.com/" from source: http://techcrunch.com/

#Quip #editor #CloudComputing #offline #offline-editing #multi-platform #iOS #browsers #Android #smartphone #tablet #laptop #wordprocessor #editor #education #training #groupware #collaboration #chat #versioning #version-control

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The descriptions of Quip's features above pretty much say it all. At first I thought this was built initially for the Mac/iOS platform, but the About page info above made it clear that it functions on other platforms as well. Also, you can use the application offline. Plus it conforms the user interface so that it is appropriate for the device being used whether smart phone, tablet, or computer browser. From the TechCrunch article there are indications that this is just the first of more applications from this group. I will be paying attention to their products, I hope you will too.

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Message to the Dickinson Board of Trustees | Digital Humanities at Dickinson College

Message to the Dickinson Board of Trustees | Digital Humanities at Dickinson College | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"Among faculty there is a growing realization that the internet, technology, and social media are not just things that distract our students, give them short attention spans, and allow them to do superficial research for papers—though the internet enables all of those things. New digital tools can actually help us do our jobs better, help us teach and do research more effectively. But how, exactly? That’s the question that hangs over all the many discussions regarding technology and education in a liberal arts college setting. The answers are discipline specific, and vary even from class to class in a given subject. But I think there are three broad benefits. In the liberal arts college environment, academic technology can
... 1. Develop students into public scholars.
... 2. Show publicly what the liberal arts can do.
... 3. Enhance collaboration and sharing among scholars.
... The Dickinson-based projects listed on the DHAC website are doing these things in various ways. We are among the most active liberal arts colleges in the country in this realm, which is reflected in our winning the Mellon grant. But there is a lot more to develop. The Mellon grant allows for a postdoctoral fellow, and this will be extremely helpful in nurturing new projects and pedagogical techniques that will arise organically out of what we already do. " from source: http://blogs.dickinson.edu/

ghbrett's insight:

Chris Francese has done a great post about Information, Communications, and Computing (ICT) can do to not only improve the learning and research experience of students, teachers, and researchers. Chris has also succinctly described is critical in our Social Media | Overloaded Information Super-Dooper Information Highway. Let me close with another quote from Chris's post: "What liberal arts students learn to do is contextualize, analyze, and present information. These are things the internet really needs, and we can provide, a real social benefit that is consistent with our mission."

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Cloud Computing University and Certification by Rackspace

"CloudU is a vendor-neutral curriculum designed for business owners and technical professionals who want to bolster their knowledge of the fundamentals of Cloud Computing. At CloudU, you’ll find a comprehensive series of original whitepapers, live and on-demand webinars, events, blogs, videos and e-books aimed at increasing Cloud Computing knowledge among businesses. The program is a collaborative effort between Rackspace® Hosting and industry analyst, entrepreneur and commentator Ben Kepes of Diversity Limited. The content of CloudU isn’t vendor-specific. Anyone looking at moving to the Cloud, regardless of vendor or platform, can benefit from CloudU.

 

... About the CloudU Certificate

CloudU is a curriculum designed for business owners and technical professionals who want to boost their knowledge of the fundamentals of Cloud Computing. By completing all 10 CloudU Lessons and sitting for a final online exam, professionals can earn a CloudU Certificate demonstrating their command of the most important topics in Cloud Computing. You can learn more about how you can earn your CloudU Certificate here." from source: http://www.rackspace.com/knowledge_center/cloudu/

ghbrett's insight:

CloudU is just one of a growing number of technical or topic specific education programs integrating blended learning to fullfil unmet needs. Similar to traditional education they do distance learning by taking advantage of Web 2.0, Social Media, and interactive multimedia (e.g., audio & video podcasts, video conferencing, or video on demand) for classes and collaboration.

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The 12 Trends That Will Rule Products In 2013

The 12 Trends That Will Rule Products In 2013 | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"Near the end of 2012, a group of us at Ziba got together to review what we’d learned over the course of the year. Working with dozens of clients who serve customers around the world, we designers spend a lot of time observing people as they interact with technology, services, and experiences, noticing how they seek solutions to everyday problems and make decisions. In the process, certain patterns emerge so forcefully that they’re practically unavoidable.

 

Meeting over three sessions spread out over a week, 23 Zibites (designers, researchers, and creative directors) discussed the patterns we’d seen, and distilled them down to the 12 insights we thought were most current and useful, to us and to our clients. Each one is presented here, as a brief essay that suggests how it will affect business practices in 2013, and as an illustration created by one of Ziba’s designers." - from Source: http://www.fastcodesign.com

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This article is a really good read because the twelve insights are not just about design, retail or marketing. They deal with services and innovation. I believe this article will be relevant to people in education, training, innovation,and tinkering.

 

The twelve insight titles are below. Each includes a brief description, some have graphics to support the insight.
1. The Mind Is A Competitive Environment.
2. Customer-Facing Employees Are Your Brain And Your Backbone.
3. Analog Will Never Go Away.
4. Worth Is Determined By Philosophy, Not Price.
5. Narrative Is A Delivery Vehicle To Make Information Stick.
6. Repair And Repurpose Are The New Killer Apps.
7. Technology Moves Too Fast To Care About.
8. Flawless Function Is Tomorrow’s Great User Experience.
9. Brand Loyalty Is How We Escape Decision Fatigue.
10. Human Interaction Has Never Been More Precious.
11. Gen Y Is Creating Its Own Service Economy
12. Everyone Is A Specialist.

 

As you can see there is a mix of focal points. As I said before from service to objects. From story telling, training, collaborating, to designing, making and repurposing stuff.


My Thanks to Ziba for this insightful article. [ http://www.ziba.com ]

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10 Predictions for Personalized Learning for 2013

10 Predictions for Personalized Learning for 2013 | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it
Check out what Personalized Learning will be like in 2013.

Via Kathleen McClaskey, João Greno Brogueira, Heiko Idensen
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Empowerment is the key theme of these 10 predictions for personal learning. The article explains each in more detail about why and how they will affect personal learning.
1. Connected Learners
2. Mobile Devices
3. Communities of Practice
4. Evidence of Learning
5. Taking Risks
6. Storytelling
7. Learner Voice and Choice
8. Unpacking Standards
9. Transforming Learning Environments
10. Building a Common Language

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http://proser.renard.free.fr/

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Thomas Salmon's curator insight, May 6, 2013 1:34 PM

Interesting, in other ways this could also be seen as framing learning as a constant performance of assessment. Where do you draw the line ?

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Peer-to-Peer Learning Handbook | Peeragogy.org

Peer-to-Peer Learning Handbook | Peeragogy.org | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it
"With YouTube, Wikipedia, search engines, free chatrooms, blogs, wikis, and video communication, today’s self-learners have power never dreamed-of before. What does any group of self-learners need to know in order to self-organize learning about any topic? The Peeragogy Handbook is a volunteer-created and maintained resource for bootstrapping peer learning.

This project seeks to empower the worldwide population of self-motivated learners who use digital media to connect with each other, to co-construct knowledge of how to co-learn. Co-learning is ancient; the capacity for learning by imitation and more, to teach others what we know, is the essence of human culture. We are human because we learn together. Today, however, the advent of digital production media and distribution/communication networks has raised the power of co-learning to a new level." -- from the source: http://peeragogy.org/
ghbrett's insight:

  This project / living document for co-eLearning will be a site worth participating in or a the least reading periodically. Howard Rheingold, under the "Resources" section has a post about "How to use this Handbook" at http://peeragogy.org/how-to-use-this-handbook/ ;  So be sure to check this out. BTW there is an initial YouTube! video clip by Howard introducing Peeragogy at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDuSpOUtyJE   

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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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