meetings, projects

7th ODS Coordination and 6th Cluster Meetings

This week, the 7th ODS Coordination and 6th Cluster Meetings of the Open Discovery Space project are taking place in Helsinki, Finland. University of Helsinki is hosting the event, which started on Tuesday morning with the cluster II meeting sessions. Regading our group, the morning sessions of cluster II are the most relevant ones, as the Content data alignment is being discussed: Enayat has been presenting the updated results on the harvested, pending and new repositories, we have also presented together with Paul Libretch the current status of the search engine as well as the pending tasks. A later session of our interest lead by Open University of the Netherlands discussed the status and future work in the social information to be exposed and managed in the ODS portal, among other issues such as the social info-powered recommender engine.

Tomorrow sessions for cluster III are of special interest to us too, as we will present the work we did creating and giving the content providers online seminars as well as preparing a MOOC for anyone interested in joining ODS project as content provider. David Martin will be the IE representative in those sessions. Bellow, some pictures taken during these days.

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6TH ODS meeting in Belgrade

During the last 3 days Belgrade, the capital and largest city of Serbia, hosted the 6th ODS coordination and 5th cluster meetings. The overall objectives were of course, to present the progress of the work so far, but also to ensure partner responsibilities, activities and tasks outputs are aligned and to agree on a detailed plan for 3rd period of the project.

A six months extension to the project was announced as a surprise to many of us, particularly to University of Alcala participants Maricruz, David, Enayat and Salvador, who were attending the sessions in a non-particularly populated room. Another important news was the presentation of the new project manager and assistant to the coordinator, Mr. Evangelos Argyzoudis. The Metropolitan University facilities, facing the Danube, were something to remember (see pictures below). As usual, the atmosphere was OK and we all had a great time biking on the Danube riverside.

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ODS project meeting in Bayreuth

The 4th cluster and 5th coordination ODS meeting was held in Bayreuth, Germany last week, from Wednesday to Friday. IE members David and Enayat participated in the meeting. In the second day (Cluster II meeting), Enayat (and Kostas from GRnet) presented the work done in the past months regarding the ODS harvesting and its metadata analysis in WP7. They also discussed several issues, ideas and plans that ODS faces in the forthcoming harvesting round.

ODS partners also exchanged their ideas about some tasks which should have to be prepared for the review meeting in June.

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Bayreuth is a sizeable town in northern Bavaria, Germany, on the Red Main river. The town’s roots date back to 1194 and it is nowadays the capital of Upper Franconia with a population of 71,482. It is world-famous for its annual Bayreuth Festival, at which performances of operas by the 19th-century German composer Richard Wagner are presented. Above, some snapshots taken during these 3 days.

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IERU represents ODS in the final event of the Global Excursion project

The final event of Global Excursion project, took place in Brussels, from last Friday 14th to 16th of February 2014 at the European Schoolnet, where IE member Enayat gave a presentation in a workshop for teachers and project partners.

The Global Excursion project, whose main access point is available through ViSH repository (Virtual Science Hub), built over these 3 years a collaborative content repository where scientists and teachers are able to exchange and establish collaborations. As ODS is going to harvest as well as integrate ViSH to the ODS repository, Enayat presented Open Discovery Space in a workshop that was organized as part of the final event of the project and discussed both marketing as well as technical perspectives of ODS along with detail integration plan for connecting ViSH to ODS. A nice opportunity to disseminate our effort in ODS and create links to similar efforts in Europe.

 

Enayat presenting ODS to the participants in the event

Enayat presenting ODS to the participants in the event

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4th Open Discovery Space project meeting in Evry

The 4th Open Discovery Space project (ODS) meeting was held in Evry, France last week, from Wednesday to Friday. IE members, Salvador and Enayat, participated in the meeting and were mostly involved in the technical parts of the ODS project.

During Wednesday and Thursday Salvador and Enayat met OUNL Soude, Hendrik and Marlies to discuss common pending issues and tasks to finalize D.8.4. Planning is that all will integrate the discussed improvements and update their contributions this week.

Enayat also presented his work on a social visualization tool for the ODS recommendation system during the second day, discussing about the work done in WP7 within the second harvesting cycle by both UAH and GRnet teams.

From a more general perspective, the partners also exchanged ideas and plans for the project in the forthcoming year, specifically project positioning, training academies and dissemination.

Below, some pictures taken during these 3 days in Evry.

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IE in the last LinkedUP project meeting

IE member Enayat participated in the LinkedUP project meeting that was held in Berlin during last Wednesday and Thursday. Our group was invited by Stefan Dietze, an old time collaborator and colleague in previous projects like LUISA, to show the developments carried out by the IE group in the framework of the Open Discovery Space project. The LinkedUP project aims to push forward the exploitation of the vast amounts of public, open data available on the Web, in particular by educational institutions and organizations. As the Linking e-learning data to the Linked Open Data cloud improves sharing as well as reusing of the elearning resource, linking Linkedup and ODS projects makes a lot of sense. Several possibilities of exposing ODS learning resouces as Linked Data have been discussed in the meeting. Enayat, as the ODS representative, shared his experiences on several projects and presented the Linked Data issues of Open Discovery Space in the LinkedUP meeting. 
Linked Data exposure of ARIADNE data was also another topic which has been discussed during the meeting, as UAH is a member of ARIADNE project and responsible for adding Linked Data layer of its data as well.
Enayat presenting the ODS project to LinkedUp consortium members

Enayat presenting the ODS project to LinkedUp consortium members

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ODS Webinars

The Open Discovery Space Project is hosting a series of webinars on open educational resources. The first will take place on November 29 at 16:00 CET and will be about the Green Learning Network. Madalina Ungur, from AgroKnow Technologies, will be responsible for delivering the webinar.

ODS Webinars

OER (Open Educational Resources) could be defined as materials offered freely and openly for their open use and adaptation for teaching, learning, research and development. The Green Learning Network (GLR) is a good example of how the OER paradigm can be implemented.

Registration for the webinar can be done through the following form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1V1gwfBzShGXcHP1e7jxuFGk3AIyyJKbtVFegYsMrbHo/viewform

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