@Downes Sounds good for me. But customers have decided on a different web architecture. As much as I love federation and distribution, looks like we will stay a small group for a while.

I wonder if it is actually the technical solution that hinders people from switching. We have mail, RSS/Atom, Blockchain, ActivityPub etc. They are all fine for federation, but are often used by people who also have a mindset of independence, autonomy, emancipation and other core values of open education.

@Downes After tinkering with Ghost, Wordpress and the like I switched to the technical stack of Markdown and static site generators like , and . Given the scope of lifelong learning they solve the technical problem of maintenance as static websites do not need to be updated. No databases, no updates.

Downside: Aggregation and federation need to be implemented via and which current students don't know and use any more.

Does RSS still play a role in your thinking?

@Downes As far as I can see currently is best implemented with . goes this way as well as and . And Plume for example has already a image ready.

The advantage here might be that we are not talking about implementation tech (Express, Node etc.) but about protocols which are tool-agnostic.

At least, it is worth reading some critique like schub.wtf/blog/2019/01/13/acti

And some inspiration like medium.com/berkman-klein-cente

@Downes Agree. I have to leave now for a concert. Last thing I have in mind for now is the Awesome Self-hosted List. I will scan it for possible technical potentials later.


@Downes I think Progressive Web Apps could be an idea for the syncing problem.

I find Ghost is a good blogging engine. Why do you think it is important for learners to have it on their own desktops and not host it at the institution with single-user accounts?

@Downes That would take the cMOOC approach to the next level and perhaps provide learners with a more homogenous environment if they want to take part.

We once loved Sandstorm for the one-click feature of various apps. But it was not stable enough for our institution and not maintainable. Nevertheless, the idea that learnes just click icons and get apps for OER creation that are interlinked is still faszinating. Do you build on an existing project (Express/API)?

@Downes @Downes Absolutely agree. In my view these widespread movements point to general shortcomings in today's pedagogy and interpretation of education. But not all of those can be cured with OER. There are political and systematic reasons for many of those aspects.

Are you testing out docker+ghost for self-hosted distributed learning environments? Like federated self-controlled OER containers?

@Downes Cool! We love at TU Hamburg, Germany. I train research and teaching staff to use docker for research and education.

insights.tuhh.de/de/blog/tools (German)

@phu Danke für die Hinweise auf ediarum und TextGrid. Mit Bookdown habe ich auch schon sehr viel Spaß gehabt und mein Script "Kollaborieren in Forschung und Lehre" fizban05.rz.tu-harburg.de/itbh realisiert.

@phu Ja, das ist in der Tat eine interessante Community, zu der ich mich immer mehr hingezogen fühle, da ich doch eigentlich vom Studium her Philosoph und Literaturwissenschaftler bin.

Hast Du die Veröffentlichung von jupyter.org/jupyter-book/intro bemerkt? Das geht für mich auch in die von Dir angedeutete Richtung.

@phu Danke für den Hinweis, hatte ich noch nicht auf dem Schirm. Fährst Du hin?

@bgcarlisle I agree. Would you please take a look at our project "Modern Publishing" and share your opinion with us? It is very helpful to get feedback from authors that are not satisfied with the current workflows.


Zum 100. Jubiläum der Stiftung Hamburger Bücherhallen war ich eingeladen, eine Rede vor den Mitarbeiter_innen und Ehrenamtlichen zu halten.

Mein Redetext "Wo die Zukunft verhandelt werden kann" steht jetzt zum Nachlesen online unter axel-duerkop.de/de/post/bueche und buecherhallen.de/blog-artikel/

@fluffy Thanks, good suggestions. I like the one with the fruit.

What's the correct linguistic term for a word being phonetically related to another like in the following example:

Skynet <-> Nice cat

You have to speak it out loud several times to hear how scary this relationship is :-)

@bleeptrack Again, a very nice one! Thanks for the inspiration and sharing.

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