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From Ross Gardler <rgard...@opendirective.com>
Subject Keynote idea: Rufus Pollok, Open Knowledge Foundation (was Re: Keynote idea: Revolutionizing Education)
Date Tue, 21 Jan 2014 17:03:28 GMT
Here's another keynote suggestion along the open education path...

Rufus Pollok of the Open Knowledge Foundation. I've never heard him talk,
although I have sat on a panel with him some 5 years or so ago. He was just
starting up the foundational t this time and was certainly eloquent, well
reasoned and forcefully opinionated. Before the panel started he told me
that he had modeled OKF on the ASF.

OKF campaign for Open Data through both data freedom and the provision of
CKAN an open data platform. To me the OKF doesn't much look like the ASF
today, I'm not sure whether that is by design or through evlution. I think
there may be lessons for our audience here, e.g. why open data is
important, why ASF is/was influential to the OKF etc.

CKAN is very important in the open government space and is increasingly
looking at educational data too.

[FULL DISCLOSURE] someone who used to work for me now works at OKF and a
number of divisions of my employers parent company have engagements with
OKF, but I don't work directly with them.

Ross Gardler (@rgardler)
Senior Technology Evangelist
Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc.
A subsidiary of Microsoft Corporation





On 16 January 2014 22:33, Ian Boston <ieb@tfd.co.uk> wrote:

> On 16 January 2014 17:51, Ross Gardler <rgardler@opendirective.com> wrote:
> > As someone who has worked in the educational sector I would urge caution
> on
> > this topic. It is highly charged and very divisive (which, with the right
> > content and speaker makes for a great Keynote)
>
> Also worked for 10 years in the Higher Ed in just this area, and I can
> confirm having given Keynotes that this is a highly charged area, it
> is divisive since it deals with the shaping of everyones future and
> hopes beyond our own graves. Apache has had a huge impact on that. At
> this moment in time there are those that recognise the contribution to
> changing education on a global scale. It would be a pity to waste that
> opportunity, if it really exists.
>
> Both Ross and I know through experience that Academia is a brutal
> place where every thought and concept is fought over purely because it
> exists, not because there is any value in it. How online is changing
> education forever, for our decedents is something still in its
> infancy, something that becomes apparent if you take a look at the
> function of Libraries within Education that preserve the knowledge of
> 100s of years. That makes this a topic with value, a topic worth
> fighting over. A topic where you could find a great Keynote.
>
>
> >
> > I think it is a great topic, but if this is selected I hope we ensure the
> > content is about he opportunities presented to education rather than a
> > specific solution. As pitched this keynote sounds more like a "our
> platform
> > is great..." rather than a "imagine a world where...". The former is a
> good
> > use case talk, the latter is a good keynote.
>
> +1
>
> Ian
>
> >
> > Ross
> >
> > Ross Gardler (@rgardler)
> > Senior Technology Evangelist
> > Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc.
> > A subsidiary of Microsoft Corporation
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > On 16 January 2014 00:38, Marcel Offermans <marcel.offermans@luminis.nl
> >wrote:
> >
> >> Hello Bertrand,
> >>
> >> On 15 Jan 2014, at 9:21 , Bertrand Delacretaz <bdelacretaz@apache.org>
> >> wrote:
> >>
> >> > On Tue, Jan 14, 2014 at 9:40 AM, Marcel Offermans
> >> > <marcel.offermans@luminis.nl> wrote:
> >> >> ... The keynote is not technical, but instead focusses on how this
> >> platform
> >> >> helps improve the way we teach our children...
> >> >
> >> > I like that - for me the best keynotes are not directly about what we
> >> > do, but help put it in perspective. Looks like this one has the
> >> > potential to do that.
> >>
> >> Exactly, this talk is all about the impact of open source technology and
> >> how it can completely change education.
> >>
> >> >> ...Jurriaan is a Product Manager at PulseOn. He has 15 years of
> >> experience
> >> >> in online product development, management, marketing and sales
> >> >> engineering and a Ph.D. in Computing and Information Sciences....
> >> >
> >> > You didn't indicate if he's a great speaker, which is kinda required
> >> > for a keynote ;-)
> >>
> >> He is! I thought that was implied. ;)
> >>
> >> Scheduled presentations:
> >> - Speaking on stage (twice) at GEPS 2014 (Microsofts Global Education
> >> Partner Summit, January - Redmond)
> >> - Presenting at BETT 2014 (London)
> >>
> >> Previous presentations, many at conferences - both Scientific and
> Business.
> >>
> >> Presented at and to practice leaders at business conferences:
> >> - Gartner IT Expo, Forrester Marketing Leadership Forum, Gilbane,
> >> eMarketing Association,
> >>
> >> A selection of scientific presentations at international conferences:
> >> International Conference on Information Integration and Web-based
> >> Application & Services (iiWAS10), Model Driven Web Engineering (MDWE),
> >> International Conference on Web Engineering (ICWE), International
> >> Conference on Information Integration and Web-based Application &
> Services
> >> (iiWAS), IEEE International Conference on Digital Information Management
> >> (ICDIM).
> >>
> >> And presented as part of his professional job to management at many
> >> companies, among them: SCEE PlayStation, SAS, Autodesk, Pitney Bowes,
> >> Mercedes, KPN, SAS, Amtrak, Experian, Affinion, Deloitte
> >>
> >> Greetings, Marcel
> >>
> >>
>

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