1st Workshop on Linked Data and Distributed Ledgers @ WWW
The first workshop on Linked Data and Distributed Ledgers which was recently held at the World Wide Web (WWW) conference in Perth, Australia attracted a lively audience who came to discuss the relationship two fields. Linked Data research has a long pedigree at WWW whereas Distributed Ledgers (which include blockchains the technological underpinning of crypto-currencies such as BitCoin) are very...
OER17 - The Politics of Open
The Open Educational Resources conference (OER17) took place on April 5th and 6th in London. In two days fully packed with paper presentations and interactive sessions, OER17 has presented an opportunity for open practitioners, activists, educators and policy makers to come together as a community to reflect on ‘The Politics of Open’ and discuss the following questions:
5 contributions from KMi presented LAK 2017
As every year, KMi presented the current results at the top-level Learning Analytics conference, Learning Analytics and Knowledge (LAK17). This year, the conference was held in Vancouver, Canada (13-17 March) and co-organised with ex-KMier Marek Hatala. Even though the acceptance rate was quite low, KMi was proud to have 5 papers accepted: 1 full paper, 3 short papers and 1 poster in the research...
An inspiring conference for the majority of science educators
The ENGAGE project conference, at the Open University on March 11th, was a unique event designed to launch a community of innovative science teachers. Funded by the European Commission (EC), this event brought together more than 80 Science teachers from right across England, as well as Russia and Brazil.
The conference themes were chosen by the teachers themselves, who...
CARRE rated 'Excellent' in final review
The CARRE project received its final written review this week, and was rated "Excellent" by the Project Officer and the review panel. The final review meeting took place in December and was attended by representatives of all CARRE partners.
CARRE was a 3-year FP7 project, working on a personalised risk prediction and planning tool for patients with, or at risk of,...
First European Ethereum Development Conference
Last month John Domingue and I attended the first European Ethereum Development conference. Over 400 developers and researchers gathered in Paris at the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris on 17-18 February 2017, to hear about the latest developments in Ethereum technology and research including proof of stake, Scalabilit and Privacy as well as to see demonstrations of Ethereum-based...
KMi at the Open Education Global conference
The Open Education Global conference took place last week in the beautiful city of Cape Town. KMi was represented by Alexander Mikroyannidis, who presented a paper on the European Data Science Academy (EDSA) project and delivered a workshop related to the SlideWiki project.
Alexander’s paper on the EDSA project describes the project’s approach in using open courseware in order to...
OU receives new grant to make education more inclusive
The Open University (OU) is leading a £480,050 project funded by the Higher Education Funding Council in England, to address barriers to student success.
In collaboration with the University of Leeds and Plymouth University, Dr Trevor Collins, Research Fellow in the OU's Knowledge Media Institute, is initiating the 'Embedding and sustaining inclusive STEM practices' project....
Up2U kicks off in Amsterdam
On Febuary 27th, the Up2University project held its face-to-face kick-off meeting in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, hosted by the project coordinator Géant. KMi and the Open University were represented by Allan Third.
Up2U is a Horizon 2020 project seeking to bridge the gap between secondary and higher education by developing innovative and flexible tools for learning which can...
COMRADES goes to Nepal
COMRADES project, along with the Nepalese Centre for Integrated Emergency Management (CIEM), organised a very successful workshop in Kathmandu, attended by local community leaders, NGOs, government officials, and even the Prime Minister of Nepal, Mr Pushpa Kamal Dahal.
The workshop was on '‘Collective Awareness Platforms for Sustainability and Social Innovation for Making...
Angelo, one of our postgraduate students, was recently in Bari (Italy) to attend the 3rd International Winter School on Big Data—BigDat2017. The winter school was organised by the University of Bari (IT) and Universitat Rovira i Virgili (ES).
Big Data has recently gained a lot of interest in research and many believe that it will still play its leading role for many years. Nowadays, we...
ENGAGE wins the 2017 OER & Project Awards for Open Education Excellence!
ENGAGE is a winner of the 2017 OER & Project Awards for Open Education Excellence, which was announced by the global network of Open Education (OEC). Fourteen partners and more than 15.000 open educators in 80 countries members of ENGAGE are celebrating this award now, whose the ceremony will be presented at the upcoming OEC Global Conference in Cape Town, South Africa,...
CORE listed Number 1 in the list of top 21 free online journal and research databases
An online editing and proofreading company, Scribendi, has recently put together a list of top 21 freely available online databases. It is a pleasure to see CORE listed as Number 1 resource in this list. CORE has been included in this list thanks to its large volume of open access and free of cost content, offering 66 million of bibliographic metadata records and 5 million of full-text research...
KMi at the latest Show and TEL
The Open Technology Enhanced Learning (openTEL) is a priority research area, bringing together researchers from across the Open University. The group runs regular Show and TEL events to share expertise among its members. The latest such event took place on February 9th.
Alexander Mikroyannidis from the Knowledge Media Institute (KMi) joined the event and presented some of the latest KMi TEL...
Where are they now? The Our Story App
KMi has a long track record of co-designing innovative demonstrators and it’s always rewarding when we hear back from our collaborators about how our prototypes have evolved and continue to influence practice.
In a recent article on the whitefox blog, Natalia Kucirkova, a Senior Research Fellow at University College London, talks about the challenges of designing the Our Story app for...
CORE now offers 5 millions of open access full-text research papers
CORE, a harvesting service that aggregates open access content from open access journals and repositories from all over the world, currently provides 5 millions of open access full-text papers.
“In the last year, we have managed to scale up our harvesting process. This enabled us to significantly increase the amount of open access content we can offer to our users. With more and more...
Health and Wellbeing Priority Research Area Website Launched
KMi's development team recently helped to launch the Open University’s new website for the Health & Wellbeing Priority Research Area. This priority research area brings together the impressive expertise of Open University researchers with their extensive network of local, national and international partners and collaborators across government, industry, policy, practice and the...
OU Go 3D Campus Guide To Be Released on App Stores
Developed by Paul Hogan in KMI, OU Go was originally designed to help staff find their way around campus. The app has been updated and now includes a new user interface, location information for buildings, events, car and cycle parking and the outdoor artwork exhibits.
KMI and Estates are keen that this app be made available to visitors to the University so it has been decided...
KMi Researchers participated in a case study for an ADBU's Text and Data Mining in Research Report
The past month the French Association of Directors and Officers of University Libraries and Documentation (ADBU) released a report entitled “Text and Data Mining in Higher Education and Public Research”, which mainly explores the UK and French copyright exceptions for text and data mining (TDM). In more detail, the report lists the benefits of text and data mining in scientific...
OU Go 3D Campus Guide
OU Go has been developed by Paul Hogan in KMi to assist staff members to locate the various campus buildings and outdoor artwork on the go via their Android or iOS device. The app is designed in the Pokemon Go theme which adds some fun whilst seeking a building location and updates the users location in real time to make it easy to find the desired destination.
Along with providing users...
Merry Christmas From KMi
During 2016 the Knowledge Media Institute has been involved in developing and presenting variations of how Augmented Reality can be used in the education sector. The KMi Noel mobile application is a festive fun app developed by KMi for Open University staff.
The app uses Augmented Reality to display a winter wonderland with animated elves, Santa and snowmen...watch as the snowmen dance to a...
KMi blockchain technology featured in Times Higher Education
The Times Higher Education has published an article by Martin Hall, former vice-chancellor of the University of Salford, which considers how Web 3.0 could revolutionise the way higher education is delivered.
In the article, our Director, John Domingue, explains to Martin why KMi’s “student first” vision for blockchain-enabled provision is good news for those needing...
FORGE - Officially Excellent!
The FORGE project has been rated "Excellent" by the Project Officer and the review panel during the final project review, yesterday in Brussels. The review was attended by representatives from all project partners, plus external partners that have joined the project through its Open Call series.
FORGE has been a 3-year FP7 project, led by John Domingue from the Open University. The...
Zdenek's 25 years in KMi!
On Thursday November 17th at the Town Meeting, the whole of KMi celebrated Zdenek's 25 years’ working at the Open University, within KMi. Petr Knoth led a tribute from Zdenek’s team, after which we commemorated the occasion with epicurean style, including a personalised giant cookie and an edible pie-chart made by the Analyse team!
We reflected that Zdenek has done some great...
Best Demo Award at EKAW!
It should come as no surprise that KMi’ers once again gain recognition for their outstanding work. Ilaria Tiddi, Emanuele Bastianelli, Enrico Daga and Mathieu d’Aquin won the Best Demo Award for their paper ‘DKA-robo: dynamically updating time-invalid knowledge bases using robots’ at EKAW (The 20th International Conference on Knowledge Engineering and Knowledge...
Responsible Research and Innovation in Action
The conference “Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) IN ACTION” organised by RRI Tools project supported by the European Commission was held in Brussels on the 21st - 22nd of November 2016. This event brought together 200 experts in the field to discuss open science and innovation system that tackle the societal challenges of our world.
Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality Presented to LUANAR Delegates
Today Paul Hogan presented his work on Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality to visiting delegates from the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources in Malawi.
Dr Joshua Valeta - Open and Distance Learning Coordinator and Dr Tasokwa Vida Musa Kakota - Senior Lecturer in Mathematics and Head of Basic Sciences Department were visiting the University primarily to...
SlideWiki meets in Genoa
The third plenary meeting of the SlideWiki project took place on November 17th-18th in Genoa, Italy. The meeting was hosted by CNR- IEIIT/School of Robotics. Alexander Mikroyannidis and Allan Third represented the KMi team and joined more than 30 representatives from 17 partner organisations.
SlideWiki is aiming at increasing the efficiency, effectiveness and quality of education in...
Buy Bitcoins Now!
“Buy Bitcoins Now!” was one of the main messages from Chandler Guo – who owns one of the world’s largest Bitcoin mines – in the recent Internet of Value workshop held at Clare Hall at the University of Cambridge. The event focused on how blockchains can be used to support the transfer of non-financial value. In his talk Chandler articulated how future citizenship...
Digital Humanities in Practice: AR and VR in Humanities Teaching
Today Paul Hogan presented the first seminar in the Digital Humanities in Practice 2016/17 seminar series.
Covering all his work to date in the field of Augmented Reality and Virtual Realty the presentation was a practical demonstration of each application detailing the ideas behind its development and possible uses where it could be applied.
The seminar demonstrated conceptual...
Beyond Learning Analytics
Data is now seen in many sectors as a platform for the provision of operational services. For example, only recently Admiral announced that they would price car insurance based on Facebook post data. Within UK Higher Education sector through learning analytics – the application of data analytics to student data – is beginning to have an impact and is attracting widespread interest...
the 14th conference on ePortfolios, Open Badges, Personal Ledgers, Identities, Trust, Blockchains...
Bologna 26-27-28 October 2016
Bologna is home to the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088, so it was a fitting place for the Open Badge and ePortfolio communities to come together and discuss the future of Open Badges and “to think deeply about technology - not...
KMi's Blockchain Group visits Jisc
All members of KMi's blockchain group visited Jisc's London offices yesterday for a workshop on the use of blockchain technology in higher education, specifically in tracking a student's learning history. After a presentation by department director John Domingue, demonstrations of some of our research 'Ðapps' were given by Michelle Bachler (reputation), Kevin Quick (course...
KMi at ISWC 2016
The 15th International Semantic Web Conference took place recently in Kobe, Japan, and the KMi contingent had a very strong showing at the conference.
Ilaria Tiddi and Allan Third presented papers in the highly selective research track, on "Learning to Assess Linked Data Relationships Using Genetic Programming", and "Integrating medical scientific knowledge with the semantically...
Augmented Reality Presented at Show and TEL
Today KMi's Paul Hogan gave a presentation on the augmented reality application he is developing for the October 2017 presentation of SK299 Human Biology.
The app uses augmented reality to display a 3D model of a human heart in the users view that they can interact with.
His presentation demonstrated the app in use along with some of the included features such as bluetooth...
Yinchuan, Smart city, Wonderful Life
Yinchuan is one of the world’s leading smart cities. This growing, modern city has much in common with Milton Keynes. Host to the TMForumInFocus international conference with over 1000 delegates from over 66 countries, Yinchuan already boasts a range of smart city initiatives that include air quality, traffic and healthcare.
KMi's Alan Fletcher addressed this global audience in...
A successful first year review for EDSA!
EDSA had a very successful first review last week in Luxembourg.
Professor John Domingue and Keyur Dave represented the KMi team at the review and were also responsible for the overall project presentation as KMi is the project coordinator.
A panel of two international experts, chaired by EC project officer Carola Carstens, assessed the project with the first year project outcomes being...
First Public Attitude Survey Launched
Members of the public are being asked what they think of self-driving vehicles as part of a series of surveys being conducted on behalf of the UK Autodrive programme.
The surveys have been designed by experts from Cambridge University, and are intended to track any changes in public attitude towards autonomous vehicles during the remaining two years of the UK Autodrive project.
As well as...
Blockchains: visions from Shanghai
The recently held International Blockchain week in Shanghai was jointly hosted by the Ethereum Foundation and Wanxiang Blockchain Labs. The event consisted of a unique three-segment format. The first three days saw the Ethereum DevCon2 where major developers of the Ethereum community showcased the most up-to-date research and development work. This was followed by a Demo day for startups and...
KMi Showcased at the OU's STEM Faculty Official Launch
Yesterday saw the official launch of the OU’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) Faculty which KMi joined from 1 August. KMi had a stand at the showcase as part of a celebration of some of the researching and teaching that is undertaken by the faculty.
KMi’s stand included some of our projects focussed around the theme ‘Future Technologies for...
Learning Analytics for Awareness and Reflection: Highlights of the 6th ARTEL Workshop
The 6th Workshop on Awareness and Reflection in Technology Enhanced Learning (ARTEL) took place on September 13th in Lyon, France, in the context of the 11th European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning (EC-TEL). The workshop was chaired by Alexander Mikroyannidis (The Open University), Michael Prilla (University of Bochum) and Milos Kravcik (RWTH Aachen University). The theme of this...
The Rise of Data Science - 6th ESWC Summer School held last week in Dubrovnik
The ESWC Summer School, this year moved venues and was held for the first time in beautiful Dubrovnik, Croatia last week (between 5-10th September). The year the students enjoyed the change of focus to look at ‘the rise of the data scientist’ which featured a mixture of fantastic invited talks and tutorial taught by specialist from Southampton, JSI and KMi including Carlos Pedrinaci...
ACL 2016: The 54th Annual Meeting
The Association of Computational Linguistics (ACL) is the largest Natural Language Processing (NLP) annual meeting among other NLP conferences such as EACL, EMNLP, and NAACL. The main conference took place in the heart of Germany, Berlin, at the Humboldt University between the 8th and the 10th of August. Other in-conjunction events, 8 tutorials and 15 NLP workshops, took place on the 7th, 11th...
Alessandro Adamou to serve as UK ambassador for the European Linked Data Contest
KMi researcher Alessandro Adamou has been appointed as representative for the United Kingdom in the upcoming European Linked Data Contest.
The ELDC is a fringe event of the SEMANTiCS 2016 international conference on semantic systems, to be held in Leipzig during September 12-15, 2016. After the success of last year's edition, this initiative once more seeks to gather the top European...
Book reaches top charts: Responsive Open Learning Environments
A book co-edited by Alexander Mikroyannidis has reached the top Springer download charts. Since its online publication on November 2014, there has been a total of 28,033 chapter downloads of the book on SpringerLink. This means that the book has been one of the top 25% most downloaded eBooks in the relevant Springer eBook Collection in 2015.
The book is entitled “Responsive Open Learning...
Human Biology Sample Augmented Reality App Released
Paul Hogan in KMI is developing an augmented reality app for colleagues in the STEM faculty that explores the potential of Augmented Reality (AR) to support students studying human biology. The app allows the user to view and interact with an anatomically correct 3D model of a human heart.
To share this work with OU staff so that they can see and try for themselves this...
Dr Hassan Saif Receives the 2016 SWSA Distinguished Dissertation Award
Dr Hassan Saif has recently received the 2016 SWSA Distinguished Dissertation Award for his Thesis: “Semantic Sentiment Analysis of Microblogs”. The award will be presented during the International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC), which will be held in Kobe, Japan on October 17-21 2016.
The competition this year was very tough with twice the number of submitted applications as...
Last FORGE plenary in Athens
The last plenary meeting of the FORGE project took place on July 11-12th in Athens, Greece. In a beautiful location by the sea, the FORGE partners met in order to wrap up the project and prepare for its final review. The main topics of discussion and planning had to do with the sustainability of the project’s outputs beyond its end.
FORGE has been a 3-year FP7 project, led by John...
KMi Researchers Win the Best Poster Award at JCDL 2016
Drahomira Herrmannova and Petr Knoth have won the Best Poster Award at JCDL 2016 in Newark, USA with their contribution “Semantometrics: Towards fulltext-based research evaluation.” This was a very good timing as the full experimental report on semantometrics commissioned by Jisc was published in this announcement a week prior the conference.
The CORE team at KMi have also...
Webscience Summer School 2016
The WSTNet Web Science Summer School 2016 was held from Thursday, 30 June to Wednesday, 6 July 2016. The Summer School is the first edition of the oncoming WSTNet Summer School series on Web Science. It is organised by the Institute for Web Science and Technologies (WeST) at the University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany. Keynotes, tutorials and project work in...
European Data Forum a Great Success
The 2016 European Data Forum (EDF) which took place last week was a great success. This event which was setup by the European Commission supported by STI International and a number of prominent European researchers in 2012 has grown from under 200 participants to over 1000 registrations at this year’s event. EDF brings together key policy makers, industrial players and researchers to...
CORE wins Best Poster Award at the Open Repositories Conference #OR2016
Last week, the CORE team attended the 11th Annual Conference on Open Repositories, an international conference addressed mainly to subject and institutional repository managers, focusing on open access, open data and open science tools, projects and services.
At the conference the team had six submissions:
1. A workshop presentation on “How can repositories support the text-mining of...
OUSA Conference 2016 Gets Augmented Reality Presentation
Last Saturday Mobile Applications Developer from KMi, Paul Hogan gave a 45 minute presentation on KMi’s work with Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) to students attending the 2016 Open University Students Asscociation Conference.
Paul's presentation was well received and gave a detailed insight into the applications he has developed allowing students to see how the...
Congratulations to Doctor Ilaria Tiddi!
Ilria Tiddi successfully defended her PhD on 16th June 2016. During the viva and in her thesis ("Explaining Data Patterns with Knowledge from the Web of Data"), she described her work at the intersection of knowledge discovery and semantic web research, using the Web of Data to generate explanations for patterns found in data through data mining techniques.
The examiners, Frank...
Book on Intelligent Semantic Web Systems published
A new book written by KMiers Mathieu d'Aquin and Enrico Motta has just been published by Morgan and Claypool publishers, in the series "The Semantic Web: Theory and Technology". This book entitled "The Epistemology of Intelligent Semantic Web Systems" is a reflection of the evolution of the Semantic Web, a young discipline in comparison to other areas of computer...
SlideWiki meets in KMi
The second plenary meeting of the SlideWiki project took place on June 9th-10th in the Knowledge Media Institute of the Open University. More than 30 representatives from 17 organisations across Europe travelled to Milton Keynes, in order to touch base on the latest project developments and plan subsequent collaborative actions. The meeting focused on the preparations for the release of the next...
KMi at ESWC 2016!
As with past editions of the Extended Semantic Web Conference, the Thirteenth edition (ESWC2016), once again held in Anissaras, Crete, featured a significant KMi delegation and a host of former KMi-ers. Five researchers - Prof. John Domingue, Alessandro Adamou, Carlo Allocca, Mathieu d'Aquin and Hassan Saif - attended as KMi delegates, and even more contributed from afar to the success of the...
FORGE: Closing the gap between learners & researchers
The Forging Online Education through FIRE (FORGE) project has developed a new video introducing the main concepts behind the project to the general public. The video explains in simple terms what remote labs and online experimentation can bring to education and how FORGE is building on top of world-class experimentation facilities in order to close the gap between learners and...
Congratulations Harith, Professor of Web Science
On Thursday28 April the KMi team assembled to celebrate with a specially designed cake, the award to Harith Alani of the title Professor of Web Science.
Professor Alani has been with KMi since 2009, moving here after beginning his research career at Southampton University.
Harith’s work centres on Social Semantics and Web Science, he has authored around 120 scientific articles,...
Stadium Live supports Digital Innovation Workshop
KMi's Stadium Live technology was used this week to support remote attendees to a STEM workshop on digital innovation, held in the Hub Theatre and hosted by Patrick Mcandrew (Director, IET), Doug Clow (IET), Hazel Rymer (acting PVC, (Learning and Teaching) and Andrew Law (Director, Open Media Unit).
Initial ideas were prompted in response to a set of cue cards; then a set of learning...
OU Analyse @ LAK2016
As part of this year Learning Analytics and Knowledge(LAK16) conference in Edinburgh, the OU Analyse team from KMi organised The Data Literacy for Learning Analytics Workshop. The organisation of this workshop was motivated by the success of the Machine Analytics workshop at LAK14 in Indianapolis.
The workshop ran the whole day on April 26th 2016 and attracted around 30...
Digital Skills Gap in ICT Technologies
The 2nd annual NET FUTURES conference, which wishes to maximize the competitiveness of the European technology industry, took place last week in Brussels, Belgium. The aim of the conference is to bridge the gaps between research and innovation labs, businesses, marketing, entrepreneurship and policy-making communities, with the idea that innovations will more easily and effectively find their way...
KMi Projects Showcased at LAF2016 as part of OU Charter Day Celebrations
KMi joined the celebrations of the OU’s Charter Day by being one of the chosen stands at the Learn About Fair (LAF) yesterday. In line with the fair’s theme ‘Innovation in Teaching and Learning: Putting Students First’ we showcased a selection of projects as part of our stand KMi:Future Technologies for Learning. These included:
OU Analyse - identifying students...
#WWW2016: COME IN WE'RE OUVERT
Every year the World Wide Web Conference provides an opportunity for many researchers from both academy and industry to discuss about topics that are centred around the World Wide Web.
In its 25th edition, which took place in Montreal (CA) from 11th to 15th of April 2016, more than a thousand people from 55 countries joined together to present progress in...
FORGE at EDUCON 2016
The 7th IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference (EDUCON 2016) took place last week in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Alexander Mikroyannidis presented a methodology for the design, delivery and evaluation of learning resources for remote experimentation. This methodology has been developed in the context of the European project FORGE, which promotes online learning using Future Internet Research and...
Clipper project @ IIIF Audio/Video Workshop
Last week the Clipper team participated in an invited workshop at the British Library, organised by the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) consortium. The purpose of the workshop was to collate use cases and start outlining a development road map for extending the IIIF to include support for Audio/Video annotation. This was a great opportunity to find out more about the IIIF...
Open Data in Education: Now also a book
The use Open and Linked Data associated with education has been growing steadily, in part thanks to efforts involving KMi, such as data.open.ac.uk, LinkedUniversities, the LinkedUp project and now the AFEL project. The book "Open Data for Education: Linked, Shared and Reusable Data for Teaching and Learning" is therefore a timely publication. Edited by Dmitry Mouromstsev and Mathieu...
CORE had 6 proposals accepted at the Open Repositories 2016 Conference
In this year's Open Repositories 2016 Conference, an international conference addressed to the scholarly communications community with a focus on repositories, open access, open data and open science, CORE had 6 items accepted; 1 Paper, 1 Repository Rave presentation, 1 Workshop, 1 Poster and 2 showcases in the Developer Track and Ideas Challenge. In our presentations we will...
Responsible Research Metrics
At this year’s Jisc DigiFest Dr. Petr Knoth was invited to sit on a panel discussing Responsible Research Metrics. This panel was organised in the context of the recently published Metrics Tide report commissioned by HEFCE, which looked into issues surrounding the use of quantitative research metrics in REF. The other two panelists were Prof. Stephen Curry of Imperial College and...
Make My City Smarter!
MK:Smart project was part of a select range of Open University projects showcased to parliamentarians, in the Atlee Suite of Portcullis House in Westminster on 9th March 2016.
The team comprising of Jaisha Bruce, Jane Whild and Mathieu d’Aquin from Knowledge Media Institute (KMi) and Daniel Gooch and Annika Wolff from the University’s Maths Computing and...
EDV feature kicks off global Rethinking Debates report series
Earlier this month, the Election Debate Visualisation (EDV) project was the subject of a full-length feature as part of the Rethinking Debates project. This is the first of a series of reports on the impact of technology on electoral processes around the world, launched by Civic Hall, a US-based community centre for the world’s civic innovators.
After interviewing KMi's Brian...
KMi Hosts Technical Talk on Blockchain Technology
On 24 Feb. John Domingue, the Director of KMi, hosted a technical talk titled ‘Ethereum - A Blockchain Platform’ by Konstantin Kudryavtsev (Head of Technical Relations – Eth Core Ltd.) at the KMi Podium. It was well attended with representatives from several OU departments (i.e. Business School, MCT, Law etc.).
The highlight of this talk was Ethereum (www.ethereum.org)...
Petr Knoth is featured in a free ebook on Text Analytics
The ebook "Text Analytics: 28 Experts Share How to Achieve Business Value" (download page) gives insights into how large industries are exploiting big unstructured data to drive business value. The free eBook was created to demonstrate the benefits of text analytics to a vast array of companies, customer intelligence professionals, and marketers.
In this ebook Dr. Petr...
KMi welcomed back Lady Kitty Chisholm
On the 10th February KMi welcomed back one of our co-founders, Lady Kitty Chisholm. Kitty is director of Boardwalk, a professional coach and facilitator supporting women in achieving their full leadership potential. Kitty has also recently co-authored a new book (published Nov, 2015) ‘Championing Women Leaders, Beyond Sponsorship’.
Kitty delivered an insightful and...
OU Analyse the UK's only significant headway in Predictive Analytics - says Higher Ed Commission
The Higher Education Commission is an independent body made up of leaders from the education sector, the business community and the major political parties
On the 26th January the Commission published their fourth report “From Bricks to Clicks - The Potential of Data and Analytics in Higher Education” The publication event was held at the House of Lords and KMi Director,...
The SlideWiki project has kicked off!
On January 18-19, the kick-off meeting of the SlideWiki project took place in Sankt Augustin, Germany hosted by the project ccordinator Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems. KMi and the Open University were represented by Alexander Mikroyannidis.
SlideWiki is a new Horizon 2020 project, aiming at increasing the efficiency, effectiveness and quality of...
KMi Director Quoted in the Guardian Today
Following input into a report compiled by the Higher Education Commission, From Bricks to Clicks: The Potential of Data and Analytics in Higher Education Prof John Domingue spoke to the Guardian about how comprehensive use of learning analytics could transform the sector. John will also attend the launch event at the House of Lords at the end of the month.
The report foresees a system in which...
Collective Platform for Community Resilience & Social Innovation During Crises
Response to crisis often reveals organisational and technological shortcomings, which threaten community recovery and sustainable. Even though some technological solutions exist, challenges of communication, interoperability, and data analytics remain. The rise of social media as an information channel during crisis has become key to community resilience and response. This project will build an...
The AFEL project Kicks Off
In December, the AFEL project had its first plenary meeting in the beautiful Museo Lázaro Galdiano in Madrid. The goal of AFEL (Analytics for Everyday Learning) is to develop methods and tools to understand informal/collective learning as it surfaces implicitly in online social environments. To achieve this, the project gathers a range of skills in a consortium funded...
Congratulations Dr Simon Knight!
On 17th December Simon Knight successfully defended his PhD thesis. Simon's thesis Developing Learning Analytics for Epistemic Commitments in a Collaborative Information Seeking Environment (supervised by Dr. Bart Rientes, Prof. Simon Buckingham Shum and Prof. Karen Littleton) draws upon diverse literatures to present an instantiation of a theoretically grounded analytic development arising...
Transforming Europe towards the Digital Age
This week saw a premier European event “Transforming Europe towards the Digital Age” held in Luxembourg. This event addressed with the digital skills gap which will grow from 335,000 to 825,000 unfilled positions in areas related to ICT by 2020.
The event was opened by the Prime Minister of Luxembourg Xavier Bettel, Jean-Luc Martino the European Chief Information Officer of...
KMi Celebrates Christmas, Hawaiian Style!
KMi’s traditional Christmas party, always includes friends and family who are invited to our Podium to join the festive cheer. This year had a bit of a twist, we brought a tropical flavour to Milton Keynes all guests were dressed in Hawaiian theme.
We had our KMi rules secret Santa, where choosing your present late in proceeding is a bonus as the chance for a ‘steal’ is...
Be interesting. It's on the Syllabus.
Syllabuses in science are not known for being interesting. They are typically shopping lists, itemising every fact and concept. The problem is, with all those items to check off, teachers spend most of the time drilling kids’ heads full of content instead of filling them with enthusiasm.
The new KS3 Science Syllabus from AQA is different. Jointly developed by the Open University...
Season's Greeting from the Knowledge Media Institute
The Knowledge Media Institute's Paul Hogan has developed a mixed Augmented Reality / Virtual Reality mobile app to complement its Christmas card this year.
Users can simply point their device at the card and see it come to life. They can also use the app with Google Cardboard and enter a virtual winter wonderland and take a sleigh ride through the snowy landscape.
Although this is some...
Leveraging Data Mining and Visualization in Future Cities: Enrico Motta talks to RE.WORK
RE.WORK caught up with MK:Smarts project director and KMi's Prof. Enrico Motta ahead of the presenation he is giving at RE.WORK Connect City Summit in March 2016 to hear more about MK:Smart, and how we can use technology to address challenges of our cities.
Check out the full blog by clicking here.
The FORGE iBook is live on the Apple Store
The FORGE iBook is now live on the Apple iBooks Store and available in 51 stores worldwide. This is a fully interactive eBook for iOS and MacOS. It introduces a range of Future Internet topics using FIRE facilities. Readers have the opportunity to study in depth various aspects of networking protocols and infrastructure, watch instructional movies and screencasts, as well as conduct experiments...
KMi presents new methods for markerless motion capture method at CVMP
Stefan Rueger of KMi presented recent work on markerless motion capture at a landmark Conference for Visual Media Production that was held at BFI Southbank. The significance of this joint work with Frederic Fol Leymarie, Prashant Aparajeya and Vesna Petresin of Goldsmiths is that it will allow a practical way of capturing the motion of articulated moving bodies from a standard single-camera video...
OULAD - Open Data for Learning Analytics released
The OUAnalyse team led by Prof. Zdenek Zdrahal has recently released the Open University Learning Analytics dataset (OULAD). This educational dataset is available under the CC-BY 4.0 license for everybody who wants to experiment with new ideas in Learning Analytics.
The uniqueness of the dataset lies mainly in the richness of data describing student behaviour in the Virtual Learning...
MK:Smart a finalist at World Smart City Awards 2015
The Barcelona based World Smart City Congress, a key annual event for Urban Innovation, has judged MK:Smart to be a great example of applied innovation derived from collaborative endeavour.
Alan Fletcher, KMi business development manager, Peter Marland, Leader of MK Council and Geoff Snelson, director of strategy Milton Keynes Council were delighted to accept the nomination on behalf of the...
Dasha Herrmannova and Petr Knoth succeed in WSDM Cup 2016
Dasha and Petr have participated in the challenge which is part of the upcoming Web Search and Data Mining (WSDM) conference. The challenge, coorganised by Microsoft and Elsevier, was to assess the importance of scholarly articles, using data from Microsoft Academic Graph -- a large heterogeneous graph comprised of more than 120 million publications and the related authors, venues,...
Another new Doctor in KMi
Yesterday, Gregoire Burel successfully passed his viva to become the forth new doctor in KMi this year!
Greg’s thesis entitled ‘Community and thread methods for identifying best answers in online question answering communities’, introduces the concepts of qualitative and structural design in order to investigate if features derived from community questionnaires can enrich the...
FORGE and Go-Lab meet in Dublin
Representatives from all FORGE partners met on November 4th and 5th in Trinity College Dublin. This plenary meeting offered an opportunity to check on the progress of the individual work packages of the project, as well as prepare a work plan for the third and final year of the project.
Denis Gillet, technical coordinator of the Go-Lab project, joined the meeting in order to present...
Enrico Motta speaks at British Ambassador's Residence in Vienna
As a prelude to European Utility Week an invitation-only networking reception was held on 2nd November in the centre of Vienna. KMi's Professor Enrico Motta, project director of MK:Smart, took this opportunity to discuss the key issues related to smart cities within the context of utilities.
Following an introduction by HMA to Poland Robin Barnett, Professor Motta led the first...
European Data Science Academy at ICT 2015
The middle of October saw the European Data Science Academy (EDSA) at ICT 2015. ICT is the major European Commission event in the communications and computing area and this year had over 7,000 registrations. The opening talk included speeches from Günther Oettinger the European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society and Anibal Cavaco Silva the President of Portugal.
AR app for TV series - The Hunt
The Knowledge Media Institute's Paul Hogan has developed an augmented reality mobile application for the Open Media Unit to be used in conjunction with their HUNT poster campaign, that compliments the new OU/BBC series 'The Hunt' which begins on 1st November on BBC 1.
The app, available on both Android and IOS, provides the user with an augmented reality enhanced view of the HUNT poster....
Award winning participation at K-CAP
Every two years the ACM conference highlights significant research on the extraction of knowledge from diverse information sources. Main themes this year included capturing Scientific Knowledge, acquisition of complex Logical Knowledge, Knowledge Processing with Big Data and Semantic Web Technologies such Linked Data, Knowledge Extraction from structured and unstructured sources,...
Strong KMi presence at ISWC 2015
The International Semantic Web Conference this year witnessed another populous KMi delegation, with 8 people from the lab attending the conference, which took place in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA, on October 11-15. The KMi contributed in a variety of ways to the main Semantic Web conference, both with a significant presence in the organising committee and by presenting a keynote, a research...
Thomas 2.0: Dr. Ullmann
We have a new doctor in the house: Thomas Ullmann passed his viva today with flying colours, defending his thesis on 'Automated detection of reflection in texts'.
Thomas investigated in his monograph, how natural language processing and machine learning techniques can be utilised to support the automated recognition of reflective writing, thereby developing a new unified model of...
Double Award at VMworld Europe
We're pleased to announce that the MK Data Hub has received two prestigious awards in an event run by a global leader in Virtualisation and Cloud Computing.
The MK Data Hub received awards for "Best virtualisation and disaster recovery project" and the top prize of "Best at show" at the VMworld Europe User Awards 2015. The event held in Barcelona,...
The passing of Al Selvin
We would like to express our sorrow at the sudden death of Al Selvin.
Al worked with us here from 2003-2011, when he wrote his PhD thesis "Participatory Knowledge Creation as Facilitated Art: An Investigation into Practitioner Ethics and Aesthetics."
As a member of Simon Buckingham Shum’s team, Al also made key contributions towards numerous projects which...