Kicking off the Decentralised Web
KMi researchers are among the leaders of a new group of academics, aDecentWeb, which aims to create a web where individuals and organisations remain in control.
John Domingue and Allan Third co-chaired the group’s first Decent(ralised) Web Symposium held in Vienna on 17th January 2020. The event was restricted to 200 attendees drawn from a range of research interests including...
One to Watch! KMi Director's TEDx Talk
KMi Director, John Domingue’s, TEDx Talk 'A Blockchain-based decentralised university' is available on TEDx Talks on YouTube. John was one of 24 selected speakers for the very first TEDxOpenUniversity event which was held on 8 November 2019 in Milton Keynes. The theme of the event was ‘Imagine What’s Next’ and it attracted over 22,000 viewers either online or...
KMi hosts the latest OpenLang Network meeting
The latest meeting of the Erasmus+ project OpenLang Network took place in KMi on December 5-6. Representatives from all project partners spent two days discussing the latest project developments and planning their next activities. The OpenLang Network project is building a network among all Erasmus+ KA1 Mobility Participants within an open and highly interactive online environment for supporting...
CORE welcomes Plan S
CORE supports Plans S in granting open access to scholarly outputs (such as publications) to anyone without any barriers and restrictions, including to most forms of use and re-use by humans and machines. PlanS is an initiative supported by the European Commission and various national public funding bodies (“cOAlitionS") who, from 2020, will require that all articles by their grantees...
The Open Education Global 2019 conference: Open Education for an Open Future
The Open Education Global Conference (OE Global 2019) took place in Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy on November 26-28. The OE Global conference is the most internationally diverse conference devoted exclusively to open education, attracting researchers, practitioners, policy makers, educators and students from more than 35 countries to discuss and explore how Open Education advances...
Co-Inform presented at the Paris Peace Forum
On November 11-13, the Co-Inform project team attended the Paris Peace Forum event, which aims to place global governance at the top of the international agenda. The Call for Projects received more than 700 project submissions from 115 countries. The Co-inform project was showcased in the New Technology category. The event was attended by 7000 people, including 33...
KMi at the Ufi VocTech Showcase 2019
The annual Ufi VocTech Showcase took place on November 21, 2019 in IET London. The event showcased a wide variety of projects funded by the Ufi VocTech Trust. Attendees had the opportunity to learn about the latest innovative vocational learning solutions and approaches helping to upskill adults across the UK.
Alexander Mikroyannidis (KMi) and Andrew Smith (Computing &...
KMi, the first 25 years
At the 25th Anniversary KMi Festival we invited staff from across the OU campus to come and find out how our latest knowledge and media technologies are impacting education, science, and cities.
The Festival attendees included Lady Kitty Chisholm, one of the three founders of KMi, the STEM Executive Dean, Nick Braithwaite, and the new CFO Paul Traynor. Visitors had in-depth...
GATEKEEPER Kick-off Meeting
The GATEKEEPER project official starts in Madrid (23-25 Oct. 2019) with a pack-full kick-off meeting (KOM). With the size of a small conference, the KOM guided the forty-three partners in building a shared vision for GK. During the three days, the consortium worked on sharing their experiences on advanced health & care solutions and integrating the different perspectives of clinicians,...
KMi at ISWC 2019
Every year the International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC) is the main destination for many researchers in the Semantic Web community. The 18th edition of the ISWC was held last week in Auckland, New Zealand, and hosted around 500 researchers coming from all around the world. ISWC is of high importance to KMi since it relates to much of the core research and projects in the lab. Many researchers...
The Open Networking Lab launches free online course
The Open Networking Lab project has launched a free online course entitled “Discovering computer networks: hands on in the Open Networking Lab”, where learners can explore how computer networks operate, discover how data is sent around the internet, as well as put their understanding into practice using the PT Anywhere network simulator to create their own simulated computer...
KMi and QualiChain at the EADTU 2019 conference
The Online, Open and Flexible Higher Education Conference (OOFHEC2019) took place on October 16-18 in Madrid, Spain. This is the flagship annual event of the European Association of Distance Teaching Universities (EADTU), Europe’s leading institutional association in online, open and flexible higher education. This year’s event was hosted by the National Distance Education University...
CORE team wins at the Research Excellence Awards 2019
CORE was presented with the Outstanding Impact of Research on Society and Prosperity Award at The Open University's Research Excellence Awards Ceremony 2019 which took place at the MK Stadium on October 23rd.
Over 150 Researchers, academics and support staff attended with Professor Kevin Hetheringthon, Pro Vice Chancellor for Research, Enterprise and Scholarship hosting. The...
Blockchains and Understanding the Post-truth Society
Early October saw the KMi Director participate in two panels in a Conference on Understanding the Post-truth Society held in Valletta, Malta. The aim of the event was to bring together technology experts, social scientists and journalists to discuss how recent challenges and issues associated with fake news, mass datafication, mass surveillance, censorship and the death of trust.
Our input to...
Maintaining Trust and Privacy of Personal Data with Blockchains
Following scandals in the media such as with Cambridge Analytica and Facebook there has been widespread concern around the abuse of personal online data. These include from Sir Tim Berners Lee who in a Variety article called the over centralisation of data on the Web ‘anti human’.
At the annual EU Big Data Value Forum, held in Helsinki, KMi’s Director highlighted how a...
First International Competition on Robots in Smart Cities held in Central Milton Keynes
Last week saw robotics teams from several European countries converge to Central Milton Keynes to take part in the First ERL Smart CIty RObotic Challenge (the SciRoc challenge). The event, which was organised by KMi’s ISDS team, was held at centre:mk from 18 to 21 September. The aim of SciRoc, an EU-funded project comprising 10 partners from 6 EU countries, is to bring robotics competitions...
QualiChain meets in Madrid
The consortium of the QualiChain project has met in Madrid, Spain on September 19-20, 2019. Representatives from all project partners spent two days discussing the latest project developments and planning their next activities. The QualiChain project targets the creation, piloting and evaluation of a decentralised platform for storing, sharing and verifying education and employment...
CORE makes it to the top 5,000 websites globally by user engagement
CORE has just made it to the top 5,000 websites globally accroding to Alexa Global Rank, which is calculated from a combination of daily visitors and page views on a website over a 3 month period. As of today, CORE ranks at 4,924, climbing 871 places over the last 90 days. The improvement is impressive considerring that academic websites typically experience a seasonal slowdown...
Blockchains at the Pan Commonwealth Forum
The Pan Commonwealth Forum (PCF), held at Murrayfield Stadium the home of Scottish rugby, brought together over 500 attendees from 61 commonwealth countries including many ministers and university vice chancellors to discuss the future of learning. The overall aim of this year’s event was to discuss, debate and showcase how innovations are improving the quality of education and creating new...
Fifth STI International Summit held in Crete
The Fifth Summit for the STI International Summit, a bi-annual event, was held in Crete this week. Chaired by KMi’s Director John Domingue, the event brought together leading researchers from across the globe (including Stanford and the University of Southern California in the US and Wonkwang University in Korea) to discuss the research challenges associated with Knowledge Graphs.
eLmL 2020 Special Track: Decentralised Qualifications on the Blockchain
Alexander Mikroyannidis and the QualiChain project are organising a special track at the 12th International Conference on Mobile, Hybrid, and On-line Learning (eLmL 2020), which will be held on March 22-26, 2020 in Valencia, Spain. The special track is entitled Decentralised Qualifications on the Blockchain and it will investigate the creation, piloting and evaluation of decentralised solutions...
The CSO Classifier nominated for the Best Paper Award
Last week, Angelo was in Oslo for the 23rd edition of the International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries (TPDL2019). Every year, this conference attracts many researchers from all over the world, working in the fields of digital libraries, information retrieval, text analysis, web archives, and many others.
Angelo attended the conference to present his recent results...
KMi and QualiChain at ALTC 2019
Alexander Mikroyannidis joined the Association for Learning Technology Conference (ALTC) last week and delivered a QualiChain workshop. ALTC 2019 took place on 3-5 September 2019 in Edinburgh, UK with a packed programme and over 450 participants from across the globe. ALTC is an annual event aiming to confront and challenge established assumptions, approaches and accepted truths in relation to...
OUAnalyse shortlisted for the THE 2019 Awards!
OU Analyse has been shortlisted for the Times Higher Awards (THE 2019 Awards) in the category Technological or Digital Innovation of the Year!
Conceived in 2013 by Prof. Zdenek Zdrahal, OUAnalyse is a joint collaborative project between the Knowledge Media Institute (KMi), the Institute of Educational Technology (IET) and Data and Student Analytics (DSA).
The resulting product of this...
KMi becomes a partner in new EU-funded project on Open Science and cumulative advantage: ON-MERRIT
Success in research and innovation should primarily build and depend on clarity of thought, innovation of ideas, and integrity of processes, rather than on external factors like prior reputation or levels of resources.
Open Science and Responsible Research and Innovation aim to bring equity and inclusivity to research. Yet could policy interventions in these directions actually worsen...
KMI's CORE highly visible at Open Repositories 2019 conference
CORE participated at the Open Repositories conference (10 - 13 June 2019), which took place in Hamburg, Germany. This year’s conference theme was “All the user needs”, where CORE received much attention and participated actively with 5 presentations:
Assessing compliance with the UK REF2021 Open Access Policy
Comparing the performance of OAI-PMH with...
KMi member wins ISWS Summer School 2019 Award
The 2nd edition of the International Semantic Web Research Summer School (ISWS) was organised by STLab-ISTC National Research Council at the University Residential Centre of Bertinoro between 30th June and 6th July 2019. Following the success of last year, the Summer School was held once again in Bertinoro, a small village on a scenic hill with a wonderful panoramic view. The school focused on...
WIRED Magazine Interviews KMI researchers
This week, WIRED Magazine released an article covering KMI’s ongoing work about networked misogyny and misogynistic language online. WIRED reporters interviewed KMi researchers in response to a paper delivered at the WebSci19 conference (Sunday June 30th - Wednesday July 3rd, Boston, USA). Authors Tracie Farrell, Miriam Fernandez and Harith Alani, along with associated researcher Jakub...
SciRoc Show at MK Futures 2050
This past week (Thursday July 4 - Sunday July 7) has seen the SciRoc team (specifically, Matthew Studley and Mark Wilson from UWE and Enrico Motta, Ian Pulford, Gianluca Bardaro and Agnese Chiatti from KMi) camping in Middleton Hall (Central Milton Keynes), as part of the MK Futures 2050 event. The SciRoc stand was conceived for showcasing different robotics technology and advertising the...
KMi PhD student organises two Game Jams
Christina Myers' PhD, supervised by Lara Piccolo and Trevor Collins, explores how to democratise educational game design in order to enable diverse teams to design games in an egalitarian and well-informed way. To evaluate some of the tools that Christina has developed, she organised two weekend-long game design events, also known as ‘Game Jams', where participants learnt how to...
The OpenLang Network meets in Cyprus
Last week saw the second plenary face-to-face meeting of the Erasmus+ project OpenLang Network, which took place in Limassol, Cyprus. Representatives from all project partners spent two days discussing the latest project developments and planning their next activities. The OpenLang Network project is building a network among all Erasmus+ KA1 Mobility Participants within an open and highly...
KMi's CORE to be used in the Research Excellence Framework - REF2021 audit
CORE a global aggregator of open access content and UK’s national aggregator will be assisting the UK Research and Innovation’s audit for the REF2021 by supplying the deposit date information for all UK REF outputs.
Compliance with the REF2021 Open Access Policy is established when an author deposits the post-print or Author’s Accepted Manuscript in a repository,...
KMi and QualiChain at ESWC and JTELSS 2019
Last week, KMi members were in two flagship events, spreading the word about the QualiChain project. The Extended Semantic Web Conference (ESWC 2019) took place on June 2-6 in Portoroz, Slovenia. QualiChain was represented by John Domingue and Allan Third from KMi, as well as Damien Graux from Fraunhofer IAIS, Germany. QualiChain was presented prominently at the opening and...
Co-Inform passes its first review with flying colours
The Co-Inform consortium came back triumphant from Cyprus where the project's first review took place on June 7th in the beautiful historical public library building of Limassol.
Project officer and assigned monitors expressed their surprise of how much was achieved by Co-Inform in its first 12 months of life. These achievements included the organisation of three...
KMi Researchers Win Vannevar Bush Best Paper Award at JCDL2019
KMi researchers Dasha Herrmannova, Nancy Pontika and Petr Knoth win Vannevar Bush Best Paper Award at the Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL 2019) for their paper titled: “Do Authors Deposit on Time? Tracking Open Access Policy Compliance”. JCDL 2019 is an A* conference (highest rank) and the world’s highest ranking venue for digital libraries research, within the top...
ANGELO succeeds his viva
Congratulations to Angelo Salatino for succeeding in his viva!
Last Friday, Angelo Salatino successfully defended his PhD thesis on Early Detection of Research Trends. The thesis is a body of research work over the last three years leading to a successful system that identifies the emergence of new research topics up to two years before they emerge (i.e., at their embryonic stage). The work in...
KMi's CORE partners with Turnitin, a global leader in plagiarism detection software
CORE, the world’s largest aggregator of open access scientific content and Turnitin, a global leader in plagiarism detection software, have entered into a collaboration. Using CORE’s FastSync service, Turnitin’s proprietary web crawler will search through CORE’s vast global database of open access content and metadata—135 million metadata records from over 3,700 data...
The last few weeks has seen the KMi Director travel to give Keynotes, participate in panels and project meetings all related to KMi’s blockchain work. At the end of April there the Blockchain Expo took place at the Olympia Grand in London with over 8,000. John Domingue gave a Keynote on applying blockchains to lifelong learning. The event covered a wide range of areas with other...
QualiChain meets in Lisbon
The consortium of the QualiChain project has met in Lisbon, Portugal on May 9-10. This has been the first plenary face-to-face meeting of the project, after its kick-off meeting in January 2019. Representatives from all project partners spent two days discussing the latest project developments and planning their next activities. The next plenary face-to-face meeting will be held on September...
KMi's FOSTER eLearning platform mentioned in a Nature article about Open Science
A Nature article titled “Data sharing and how it can benefit your scientific career”, which discusses the importance of opening up research data and how data sharing could benefit researchers, mentions the FOSTER Open Science eLearning Portal, developed in KMI.
The EU funded “Facilitate Open Science Training for European Research” (FOSTER) and its...
Nikos Story: Developing KMi PhD Research into a Commercial Product
Nikolaos (“Nikos”) Nanas completed his PhD in Artificial Intelligence (AI) at KMi in 2004. His research focused on Adaptive Information Filtering and its application to content personalisation. Inspired by the biological immune system, he developed an AI model (that he called “Nootropia") capable of learning and continuously adapting to an individual’s multiple and...
Excellence has been reached .. COMRADES great finale
COMRADES project witnessed its final review at the European Commission in Brussels recently, bringing to an end the work of the project which started in January 2016. COMRADES is a €2 million European H2020 project, co-ordinated by Prof Harith Alani from KMi, and involves the University of Sheffield (UK), Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands), Ushahidi network (Kenya), and Gov2U...
KMi researchers' study quantifying the growing traction of Open Access featured in Physics Today
A study by Drahomira Herrmannova, Nancy Pontika, and Petr Knoth of KMI has been featured in Physics Today, the flagship publication of the American Institute of Physics (AIP). The study evaluated the time it took for academics to deposit some 800,000 papers in repositories in relation to when these papers got published. The bibliometric data for the study came from KMI's CORE.
Why does fact checking matter? @ImagineBelfast
KMi was invited to present the Co-Infom project at the event "Why does fact checking matter?" which was organised by FactCheckNI as part of the Imagine! Festival in Belfast. The event focused on the importance of fact checking from the perspectives of fact checkers, data scientists, journalists, and academics.
The panellists in the event were Allan Leonard (Editor,...
CORE releases a new front-end
We are very excited to announce that CORE has released a new front-end marking the end of Phase 1 of front-end improvements, which will continue with 2 more phases. The key highlights of the new UI are:
A more modern yet functional look and feel.
Support for mobile devices.
A new and better presentation of CORE’s mission and services.
Cross-browser support covering...
KMI Director awarded Fellowship of the British Blockchain Association
Earlier this week the KMi Director, John Domingue, was awarded a Fellowship of the British Blockchain Association.
As stated on the British Blockchain Association website an award of the Fellowship is “recognition of exceptional achievement and contribution to Blockchain research and allied disciplines”. Additionally, recognition through a Fellowship demonstrates a...
Gatekeeper Project will help support Healthy Ageing in MK
KMi are part of a 40 partner EU project that has just be given the go ahead as part of the EU Horizon2020 research funding programme. The main objective of the Project is to create a GATEKEEPER that connects healthcare providers, businesses, entrepreneurs, elderly citizens and the communities they live in, in order to originate an open, trust-based arena for matching ideas,...
Human-computer collaborative learning in citizen science
We are delighted to announce new research funding from the EPSRC to explore the potential for collaborative learning between humans and AI within the framework of environmental citizen science. A new collaboration between KMi (Siddharthan and Rüger) and STEM Deanery / EEES (Ansine), in partnership with Imperial College London, University of Aberdeen, Learning Through...
KMi at first Japanese Government Run Blockchain Hackathon
KMi was invited to give a presentation and run a workshop at the first Japanese Government run blockchain hackathon which happened in February in Tokyo.
It was sponsored by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and tickets where by application only and limited due to the venue size. There were about 98 participants in the event and 22 teams entered the Hackathon competition.
SlideWiki concludes with a rich legacy
The SlideWiki project has been formally concluded with its final review, which was held on February 27 in Hannover, Germany. The project has developed an open-source platform for collaborative authoring of educational content, where the effort of the creation, translation and evolution of highly-structured remixable content can be widely shared and crowdsourced. Similarly to Wikipedia for...
Red kites writing their own blogs - Find out how!
Our latest Blogging birds paper has just been published in the Communications of the ACM. Blogging birds is a novel artificial intelligence program that generates creative texts to communicate telemetric data derived from satellite tags fitted to red kites — a medium-size bird of prey — as part of a species reintroduction program in the U.K. We address the challenge of communicating...
CORE hits 10 million monthly active users mark making CORE a top 6k website globally by usage
CORE usage has increased dramatically in 2018 and has hit the 10 million monthly active users mark in January 2019 (10.41 million users). This is a 571% increase of users compared to January 2018.
As of January 2019, CORE was the 5,448th most used website globally according to an independent Alexa Rank. This rank is calculated from a combination of daily visitors and page views on a website...
A successful conclusion for HUB4NGI
Last week saw the final review of the HUB4NGI project in Brussels. Starting in January 2017, HUB4NGI was the first Coordination and Support Action dedicated to transforming the Next Generation Internet (NGI) initiative into an increasingly dynamic, collaborative, vibrant and participatory Research and Innovation Ecosystem. HUB4NGI has offered a collaborative platform capable of...
PT Anywhere and the Open Networking Lab make news
The latest OU STEM newsletter features the collaboration of the Open Networking Lab with the Watford college. The Open Networking Lab makes available introductory practical computer networking skills training, in order to service the needs of vocational learners (Further Education and Apprenticeship levels), educators, and industry. PT Anywhere is the underlying technology the project uses...
The new H2020 project QualiChain has had its kick-off meeting on January 22-23, hosted by the coordinator partner NTUA in Athens, Greece. QualiChain targets the creation, piloting and evaluation of a decentralised platform for storing, sharing and verifying education and employment qualifications. The project focuses on the assessment of the potential of blockchain technology for disrupting the...
Jakub Wins the Rubik Cube Challenge
The Open University social media team organised a light-hearted Rubik’s Cube solving competition for the occasion of Brainteaser month in January.
The competitors were Jakub Kocvara from the Knowledge Media Institute, representing computer science field and Dr. Robert Brignall, Senior Lecturer and the Director of Research in the School of Mathematics and Statistics, representing...
A new doctor in the house!
Congratulations on Trung Huynh's viva success!
Last Friday, Trung Huynh successfully defended his PhD thesis Text Classification With Deep Neural Networks. The thesis is a body of research work over the last six years culminating in a successful system that identifies documents pertaining to Adverse Drug Reactions in corpora as diverse as tweets and MEDLINE case reports. The work...
The Open University and Springer Nature launch the Computer Science Ontology
Springer Nature and the Knowledge Media Institute (KMi) of The Open University are partnering to provide a comprehensive Computer Science Ontology (CSO) to a broad range of communities engaged with scholarly data. CSO can be accessed free of charge through the CSO Portal, a web application that enables users to download, explore, and provide feedback on the ontology.
Ontologies of research...
KMi at SlideWiki info day in Greece
The SlideWiki project delivered an info day about “Open and Collaborative Tools and Open Courses”, which took place on December 15th in Athens, Greece. The info day was organised by the National Centre for Public Administration and Local Government (EKDDA) and the Greek Ministry of Education. The event was attended by more than 100 trainers from higher, secondary and primary...
COMRADES at ICT2018
COMRADES team organised a 3 day exhibition at ICT 2018 in Vienna, to showcase the various technologies developed in H2020 COMRADES project. More than 5000 people attended the event this year, so the COMRADES booth was super busy! Visitors to the booth were able to see and use a crisis mapping platform that was powered with AI technologies to automatically filter, categorise, and...
Dr Greetham goes to Westminster
Danica Greetham, KMI’s Senior Research Fellow went to the House of Lords on the 11th December 2018 on the invitation of Environmental Defense Fund Europe, to participate at the roundtable on the electrification of transport and the electricity sector. The meeting was chaired by Baroness Worthington and attended by representatives of several of the big 6 energy distribution network operator,...
RefResh workshop at EuroCSS symposium
The 2nd European Computational Social Science symposium held in Cologne, Germany hosted the 1st workshop on Reframing Research (RefResh) organised by the KMiers Dr. Mannocci and Dr. Osborne and Dr. Manghi from ISTI, CNR, Italy.
The main objective of RefResh was to bring together researchers from both quantitative and qualitative...
KMi support Universities in Wales for Vietnam Collaboration
KMi’s Alan Fletcher was asked by Universities in Wales to provide a presentation and workshop for a delegation of Vietnamese Universities visiting The University of South Wales in Cardiff this week. The delegation had asked to learn more about the development of the smart city movement in the UK and in particular the work done by the OU in Milton Keynes and Cardiff.
KMi and SlideWiki at ICERI 2018
The 11th annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation (ICERI) took place on November 12-14 in the beautiful city of Seville in Spain. This year, more than 700 participants from 75 different countries attended the conference. This was a unique occasion to meet new and old colleagues and share experiences on the conference motto: Meeting the challenges of 21st century...
SlideWiki final plenary meeting and final platform release
The final plenary meeting of the SlideWiki project took place on November 7-8 in Amsterdam, hosted by project partner Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. The meeting saw the conclusion of the project’s activities, the preparations for the project’s final review, as well as the final release of the project’s OpenCourseWare (OCW) platform. The SlideWiki platform is fostering open...
Paul attended the Gartner Symposium/IPxpo 2018 in Orlando, Florida
KMi’s Senior Technology Officer Paul Alexander recently attended the Gartner Symposium/IPxpo 2018 in Orlando, Florida during the period of 14-18 October 2018. The conference is held annually and allows thousands of CIOs and senior IT executives to come together to explore and discuss strategic trends and technologies that are shaping the future of IT and business. These included...
The OpenLang Network has kicked off!
The kick-off meeting of the new Erasmus+ project OpenLang Network took place on October 29-30 in the beautiful city of Thessaloniki. The project is led by the University of Macedonia (Greece) and the project consortium consists of The Open University (UK), Cyprus University of Technology (Cyprus), and Pixel (Italy). The project will build a network among all Erasmus+ KA1 Mobility Participants...
KMi at ISWC2018
Every year the International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC) is the main destination for many researchers in the Semantic Web community. The 17th edition of the conference was held last week at the Asilomar Conference Grounds in Monterey, California, and it hosted around 500 researchers coming from all around the world.
Many KMiers including John Domingue, Harith Alani, Miriam Fernandez,...
KMi hosts first misinformation workshop for the OU
On October 4th, 2018 KMi hosted the first Misinformation Workshop for OU researchers working on the topic of mis/dis/information, education and information literacy. As part of our participation in Co-Inform, a European-funded project to create misinformation resilient societies (https://coinform.eu/ ), we hope to draw from interdisciplinary research conducted at our own institution to help...
KMi Blockchain research showcased at the IEEE FIE 2018
The 48th IEEE Frontiers in Education (FIE) conference took place on October 3-6 in San Jose, California, USA. FIE is a major international conference sponsored by the IEEE Education Society and the IEEE Computer Society. It is an ideal forum for sharing ideas, learning about the latest developments and interacting with colleagues in the fields of engineering and computing education. FIE 2018 has...
CORE partners with Naver, South Korea's No 1 search engine
CORE, the world’s largest aggregator of open access scientific content, and Naver, South Korea’s number one search solution, have entered into a collaboration that will see CORE’s content being made available to 42 millions Naver users. As part of the collaboration, Naver ingests data collected by CORE to enrich its Naver Academic search system with millions...
Knowledge Makers v5.0 Raspberry Research Special Edition.
The Knowledge Makers recently took over the Berrill Theatre and Mezzanine for their fifth, and rather special event. Over 100 attendees from across all faculties took part on the day and joining them were two guests from The Raspberry Pi Foundation; Philip Colligan, CEO and Dr. Sue Sentance, Chief Learning Officer.
The event kicked off with a ‘Raspberry Research’ showcase...
KMi help launch the IWA report for Cardiff Capital Region
The Institute of Welsh Affairs is the leading think tank for the development and delivery of public initiatives that have real impact in Wales. IWA director, Auriol Miller, invited KMi’s Alan Fletcher to be part of the IWA Advisory Group that has just published “Our Smart Region”, a report on the Cardiff Capital Region City Deal.
The report explores how the Cardiff Capital...
KMi Director gives Royal Institution Lecture
Monday say KMi’s Director give a talk entitled “Blockchains: Hope or Hype?” at the Royal Institution sponsored by the French Embassy. The Royal Institution is an independent charity, founded in 1799, dedicated to connecting people with the world of science. The lecture was conducted in the famous Royal Institution theatre where some of the most famous scientists and research...
KMi and SlideWiki at the ALT 2018 conference
The 25th annual conference of the Association for Learning Technology (ALT) took place on 11-13 September in Manchester, UK. The conference brings together different critical perspectives in Learning Technology from across the community in order to examine the challenges ahead and question the shape of things to come. The event was very well attended, featuring lively discussions and...
CORE mentioned in a Nature article on AI technology for scientific literature
CORE has received a mention in a Nature article titled: “How AI technology can tame the scientific literature.” The article discusses how Artificial Intelligence (AI) assists researchers, and in general those who are in need of scientific information, with discovering new knowledge from the vast amounts of available scientific literature.
It is estimated that up to two...
KMi researchers, David Pride and Petr Knoth, receive best paper award at TPDL2018
The best paper award at the 22nd International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries (TPDL 2018) went to the paper authored by David Pride and Petr Knoth titled “Peer review and citation data in predicting university rankings, a large-scale analysis.” The paper conducted the largest analysis of REF2014 data so far (data of 145 thousand submitted papers, 7 million...
KMi Appears In Vuforia Newsletter
The human biology Augmented Reality (AR) application developed by Paul Hogan in KMi that is used by students studying the Open University SK299 module and is a collaboration between KMi and STEM partners has been featured in the August edition of the Vuroria Newsletter and links readers to the video available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ChHVnB-2olk
Vuforia is the AR tool of...
Webinar on SlideWiki's Open Education Trials and the Semantic Blockchain
On August 14th, the SlideWiki project organised a webinar, which was delivered by Alexandra Garatzogianni (L3S Research Center, LUH), Alexander Mikroyannidis (The Open University, UK) and Allan Third (The Open University, UK).
In the first part of this webinar, Alexandra presented the H2020 SlideWiki project and its OpenCourseWare (OCW) competition. Alexander then presented SlideWiki’s...
Congratulations Dr Farrell!
Tracie Farrell successfully passed her PhD viva on Friday August 3rd. Her PhD thesis investigates the affordances of learning analytics for mediating learning. Tracie has conducted a series of in-depth interviews and focus groups with Open University students and educators. Her findings suggest that domain-related epistemological assumptions and previous experience influence how and why an...
QualiChain H2020 project funded
QualiChain - Decentralised Qualification Verification and Management for Learner Empowerment, Education Reengineering and Public Sector Transformation
The QualiChain project, involving KMi’s Blockchain, Knowledge and Learning group, has been successfully funded under the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme. QualiChain targets the creation, piloting and...
KMi Blockchain research presented in EdMedia 2018
Alexander Mikroyannidis presented the latest KMi work on educational applications of the Blockchain at the World Conference on Educational Media and Technology (EdMedia). The event was held in Amsterdam on June 25-29. Alexander presented a paper outlining a learner-centred approach for lifelong learning powered by the Blockchain. The paper explores the different aspects of lifelong learning...
KMi and SlideWiki at EDULEARN18
The 10th anniversary of the annual International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies (EDULEARN) took place on July 2-4 in the beautiful island of Mallorca. EDULEARN is one of the largest international education conferences for lecturers, researchers, technologists and professionals from the educational sector. After 10 years, it has become a reference event, where more...
KMi members win ISWS Summer School 2018 Awards!
The 1st edition of the newly branded International Semantic Web Research Summer School (ISWS) was organised by STLab-ISTC National Research Council and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology at the University Residential Centre of Bertinoro between 1st and 7th July 2018. The Centre was located in Bertinoro, a small village on a scenic hill with a wonderful panoramic view. The school...
OUAnalyse at London Festival of Learning
This year, three important conferences related to educational technology were co-organised within one week in London as part of the London Festival of Learning. These conferences included Learning@Scale, International Conference on Learning Sciences and Artificial Intelligence in Education. This provided us with a unique opportunity to meet researchers across similar but slightly different...
Intelligent Leadership - APPG on Smart Cities
The UK Government All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Smart Cities last night published its initial report on how government strategy can unlock the potential of smart cities in the UK.
KMi's Alan Fletcher has been a member of the APPG for a number of years and was engaged in the process of creating the report with other members through a series of round table discussions,...
Digital DNA - KMi working with Smart Cities in Ireland
KMi joined colleagues from STEM and the OU in Ireland to present keynote and workshop presentations at Ireland’s premier digital conference.
Over two days in June, Digital DNA brought together 3,000 delegates from across a wide range of industries.
KMi Business Development Manager, Alan Fletcher was on stage with Jamie Cudden from Smart Dublin and Deborah Colville from Belfast City...
Institute of Coding Launches from the House of Lords
A pleasant and warm evening saw the Institute of Coding (IoC) from the House of Lords. The event, hosted by Baroness McGregor-Smith CBE, was attended by over 200 supporters from the senior management of major technology companies such as Amazon, ARM, BT, Cisco, IBM, Oracle, Raspberry Pi, Telefonica, a wide range of companies including Barclays, Channel 4, Deloitte, Goldman Sachs, Jaguar Land...
Great success for the SKM3 team at ISWC
The SKM3 team, the KMi research group on scholarly analytics, will present three full papers at the 2018 International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC), the premiere international venue for the Semantic Web and Linked Data communities, which will be held in October in Monterey, California. The SKM3 team succeeded in having a paper accepted in each of the main tracks of the conference: Research...
Chinese@OU Mobile New Release
Mobile Applications Developer Paul Hogan in KMI has updated Chinese@OU, a mobile application to accompany The Open University course: L197: Beginners' Chinese, with the next block of 5 lessons. The app now includes a total of 11 out of 36 planned lessons.
The application is being developed in collaboration with Dr Qian Kan at The School of...
This year was a very special edition of the WebScience 2018 conference. Not only because it was the 10th anniversary of the event, but because Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web and recipient of the 2016 ACM A. M. Turing Award (also known as the Nobel Price for informatics) delivered his award lecture at the conference on Tuesday 29th of May. This lecture was open to the...
Knowledge Makers' 3D Printing Workshop success
On the 30th May, the Knowledge Makers organised the first 3D printing workshop to take place at KMi. 23 people from all OU faculties attended and got hands on with an introduction to the software tools used to design 3D objects and also got to see some ‘live’ printing and a range of finished examples.
The attendees were given a brief overview of OpenSCAD, an open-source 3D...
Two Blockchain Keynotes in Two Weeks
KMi Director, Prof. John Domingue, was invited to give two keynote talks during May 2018 featuring the blockchain research that he is leading at the Open University.
The first talk, “Experiments with Blockchains. The Open University and the emergence of new higher education models” was given at second Conference by the Commonwealth Centre for Connected Learning (3CL,2018). ...
KMi @The Web Conference 2018
KMi once again had a strong presence at The Web Conference, which this year was held in Lyon, France from 23-27 April, and was attended by over 2300 delegates. More than 7500 tweets were posted about the event, with 17000 retweets, reaching around 8.6 million twitter users.
On the Program Committee were KMi’s Harith Alani, Emanuele Bastianelli, Gregoire Burel, Enrico Daga, Andrea...
KMi rocks at the CryptoParty
KMi researchers Pinelopi Troullinou and Allan Third were among the presenters at the first ever Milton Keynes CryptoParty, held on 10th May.
CryptoParty is a grassroots global movement which hosts free workshops to introduce practical internet security to the general public. The Milton Keynes’ public were invited bring along a smartphone or laptop (or both!) and learn...
Athena Swan Award Success!
The Knowledge Media Institute is delighted to be among the successful applicants announced by The Equality Challenge Unit for the November 2017 award round. Our Athena SWAN Bronze Award will be presented at an awards ceremony to be held at Swansea University on 16 July 2018.
Dr Miriam Fernandez, who led KMi’s submission said “This is fantastic news. I’d like to thank...
The Open Education Global Conference 2018: Transforming Education Through Open Approaches
The Open Education Global Conference (OE Global) is where the global open education community meets to discuss how opening education helps us achieve universal access, equity, innovation and opportunity in education. The OE Global conference is the most internationally diverse conference devoted exclusively to open education, attracting researchers, practitioners, policy makers, educators and...
KMi at the European Robotics Forum
Ilaria Tiddi and Emanuele Bastianelli were among 800 top European experts who attended the European Robotics Forum (ERF2018) in Tampere, Finland on 13-15th March 2018. Under the theme "Robots and Us", ERF2018 covered current societal and technical themes related to the field of robotics. Interesting subjects being featured include human-robot-collaboration and how robotics...
Best paper at the LAK-18 conference
The paper entitled " Linking students’ timing of engagement to learning design and academic performance" authored by Quan Nguyen (IET), Michal Huptych (KMi) and Bart Rienties (IET) has been awarded the best full paper at the Learning Analytics and Knowledge 2018 (LAK-18), held in Sydney, Australia.
LAK is the most prestigious conference on Learning Analytics held...
KMi is hiring! join our Institute of Coding Team
KMi are currently looking to fill a number of posts to work in the Open University’s Institute of Coding team, comprising academics and technology specialists in learning analytics and distributed ledger technologies. These are:
Systems and Network Administrator...
Celebrations for Enrico Daga's viva success!
Staff joined Enrico Daga, Senior Project Officer in KMi’s Data Science Group, to celebrate the successful defence of his PhD Thesis: "Knowledge Components and Methods for Policy Propagation in Data Flows”.
The Thesis examines data-oriented systems and applications which are at the centre of current developments of the World Wide Web (WWW). On the Web of Data (WoD), information...
Augmented Reality App for Students Studying SK299
The SK299 Human biology app is the second Augmented Reality (AR) application developed by Paul Hogan in KMi that is used by students studying an Open University module and is a collaboration between KMi and STEM partners.
It is a unique application designed to support and enhance the learning of the structure and function of the heart as part of the Open University module, SK299, or as a...
Chinese@OU Mobile And Desktop Apps
Mobile Applications Developer Paul Hogan in KMI is currently developing Chinese@OU, a mobile and desktop application to accompany The Open University course: L197: Beginners' Chinese.
The application is being developed in collaboration with Dr Qian Kan at The School of Languages and Applied Linguistics to provide both Open University students and any beginner learners of...
Open Call: Collaborative OpenCourseWare Authoring Using SlideWiki
Within the SlideWiki project we have launched an open call, looking for external partners that will produce educational content in the SlideWiki platform and will evaluate the platform with learners. Each external partner will receive funding in the region of £25-50k.
The selected candidates will receive funding, guidance, technical support and mentoring from the SlideWiki Consortium...
KMi @ the first edition of AAAI/ACM conference on AI, Ethics, and Society.
In the light of the societal and ethical risks emerging from the technological developments in Artificial Intelligence and Internet of Things, AAAI and ACM joined their forces to launch a new conference series exploring ‘AI, Ethics, and Society’. The first edition of this conference was co-located with AAAI-18 on February 2-3, 2018 in New Orleans, USA.
The organizers received an...
OU Go version 2.0
Due to the underlying mapping API OU Go currently uses being discontinued from 1st February 2018 an urgent update was required.
Mobile Applications Developer Paul Hogan in KMI has taken the opportunity to add some new features to the 3D campus map app:
Social media sharing
Off and on campus map use
Custom route navigation when using off campus
A new single generic...
OU to play lead role in new Institute of Coding
The Open University (OU) has been announced as a major partner in the UK’s Institute of Coding.
Led by the University of Bath, the world-leading consortium has been established to strengthen the UK’s position globally in computing and IT, address the UK digital skills gap and create opportunities for more computer science graduates. Funding is comprised of £20 million...
One of our papers was one of the top 5 most viewed in its areas
Great news for some KMiers! A paper authored by Angelo A. Salatino, Francesco Osborne and Enrico Motta, published last June to PeerJ Computer Science journal, was one of the top 5 most viewed in the areas of Artificial Intelligence, Data Science and Digital Libraries.
The paper entitled "How are topics born? Understanding the research dynamics preceding the...
Drahomira Herrmannova successfully passes her PhD viva
A KMi research student Drahomira Herrmannova (Dasha) has successfully defended her PhD thesis titled: "Mining Scholarly Publications for Research Evaluation." While current research metrics evaluate the excellence of a publication based on the number of interactions in the scholarly network, such as the number of times it has been cited (Bibliometrics) or downloaded (Altmerics),...
CORE, a KMi service, partners with ProQuest
The CORE service is working in partnership with ProQuest to deliver more content within their library discovery services (Ex Libris Primo and Ex Libris Summon). What does this mean for the end user? This means that search results will bring back more relevant content from OA repositories worldwide in addition to the existing library collection records. The user will...
KMi at OEB Global 2017 - Shaping the future of learning
Alexander Mikroyannidis was in Berlin last week to present the SlideWiki project at the OEB Global 2017 conference. OEB (Online Educa Berlin) Global brings participants to the forefront of learning and technology developments, gives new insights on opportunities and challenges that are changing the world of learning, and shows the latest best practices from leading...
KMi at K-Cap2017
KMi continued its long association with the KAW/K-CAP series of workshops and conferences this week with a strong presence at the 9th International Conference on Knowledge Capture(K-CAP2017) held in Austin, Texas, USA the first week of December. The K-CAP conferences aim at attracting researchers from diverse areas of Artificial Intelligence, including knowledge representation, knowledge...
Data and Computing Skills for Digital Science and Society
The European Big Data Value Forum 2017 took place on November 21-23 in Versailles, Paris. This event has served as a platform, as well as a business and technology oriented showcase and exhibition space for the Big Data Value ‘Public Private Partnership’ established by the European Commission and the European data stakeholders, represented by the Big Data Value Association.
Driverless/Autonomous vehicles in MK - come and tell us what you think on the 13th December
UK Autodrive is a project in which The Open University are a partner. One of the things we are doing is supporting the work stream understanding public attitudes towards driverless/autonomous vehicles, in advance of the deployment of the MK Pods in 2018.
A key activity in the work stream is the running of workshops that explore attitudes and perceptions towards driverless/autonomous...
KMi PhD student kicks off new Jisc blog on Open Metrics
A new blog launched yesterday by Jisc focuses on their Open Metrics project which aims to support the development of new research metrics. Following the publication of The Metric Tide report in 2015 there is increasing awareness within the sector of a need for new research evaluation metrics that move beyond the limitations of traditional citation-based metrics.
The launch included a...
KMi researcher visits Ethiopia and participates in an Open Science training session
EIFL’s invitation to KMi’s CORE project to take part in a workshop for researchers from developing countries pays dividends for participants and for CORE.
In June 2017, EIFL invited the global open access full text aggregator CORE to take part in an Open Science train-the-trainer course for universities and research institutions in EIFL partner countries.
Read more on...
OU case study featured in EU Policy Report: Blockchain in Education
An interview with KMi Director John Domingue about KMi’s blockchain research at Open University is one of four use case studies featured in a new EU Policy Report: Blockchain in Education. The Report exemplifies where the Blockchain is being deployed with an education context, and its potential for disruption in the education sector. Other case studies are from University of...
KMi at ISWC 2017
It was the turn of Vienna, Austria to host the International Semantic Web Conference, and once again KMi’s participation at the event was very strong. Miriam Fernandez co-chaired the Research Track, while Harith Alani, Enrico Motta, Alessandro Adamou, Francesco Osborne and Ilaria Tiddi sat on various program committees.
KMi members organised two Workshops this year, namely...
CORE listed as a top tool and resource to make Science Open and Collaborative
Laworm, an aggregator of scientific online tools addressed mainly to scientists, has listed CORE as a top tool and resource, which helps science to become open and collaborative.
Tools and Resources to make Science Open and Collaborative
CORE organised and presented two workshops for the OpenMinTeD project
During 25 – 27 October OpenMinTeD participated in the FORCE2017 Research Communication and e-Scholarship conference that brings together a diverse group of people interested in changing the way in which scholarly and scientific information is communicated and shared.
On Friday October 27th the OpenMinTeD partners held two workshops, one on “How to improve...
CORE's Open Access Week 2017
1. DOES YOUR ORGANIZATION HAVE AN OPEN ACCESS STRATEGY? AND HOW ARE YOU IMPLEMENTING IT?
CORE is an Open University (OU) project and is jointly funded by the OU and Jisc. CORE is a global full text aggregator of Open Access content harvesting repositories, institutional and disciplinary, and Open Access and Hybrid Journals.
Today, the CORE team at the OU runs the CORE...
KMi deploys OU's first Hyperconvergence solution
After many months of infrastructure re-architecting, KMi Systems have deployed the University's first hyperconverged platform for its VMware vSphere estate.
Hyperconvergence is a type of infrastructure system with a software-centric architecture that tightly integrates compute, storage, networking and virtualization resources and other technologies from scratch in a commodity hardware box...
KMi at the JTEL Summer School 2017
The 13th Joint European Summer School on Technology Enhanced Learning took place last week in the beautiful city of Aveiro in Portugal. This is an annual event, gathering PhD students from universities across Europe and providing them with opportunities to develop research skills, increase their knowledge base, collaborate with others in their own and complementary research areas, engage in...
Successful trial of tutorial attendance mobile app
Students studying U116 Environment: journeys through a changing world were the first to trial a new app being developed by Paul Hogan in KMi.
OU Check In allows students to log in with their University credentials and displays a QR Code that tutors using the same app can scan to record their attendance. The one time log in app displays the student's QR Code each time the...
Special Issue: Motivating and Supporting Self-Regulated Learning
Self-Regulated Learning (SRL) is a term that can be used to describe an individual’s ability to develop a skill set allowing him/her to learn in a number of different ways. According to the well-established literature in this field, SRL is an active and constructive process where learners set themselves goals that enable them to monitor, regulate and control their cognition, motivation and...
KMi's Stefan Rueger presents Dr Ian Witten for honorary doctorate
Prof Stefan Rueger of KMi presented Dr Ian Witten of Waikato University to Executive Dean Mary Kellett at Friday's Degree Ceremony. Ian received a honorary doctorate "Doctor of the University" from the OU for services to the educationally underprivileged.
Ian Witten is a Computer Scientist who has contributed to the research in his discipline in different areas: throughout his...
ICL2017: Teaching and Learning in a Digital World
The 20th International Conference on Interactive Collaborative Learning (ICL 2017) took place last week in Budapest, Hungary. This interdisciplinary conference focuses on the exchange of relevant trends and research results, as well as the presentation of practical experiences in the fields of Interactive Collaborative Learning and Engineering Pedagogy.
KMi’s Alexander Mikroyannidis was...
MK:Smart helps ignite the 2017 Digital Thailand Big Bang
KMi’s Alan Fletcher gave one of two key presentations hosted by the UK Foreign Office and British Embassy in Thailand for the 2017 Digital Thailand Big Bang Conference. Opened by General Prayut Chan-o-cha, the Thai
Prime Minister, Digital Thailand Big Bang 2017 is a national digital and technology exhibition that aimed to transform ideas and connect people to Digital...
MK:Smart in China
Geoff Snelson, director of strategy and futures of Milton Keynes council presented the MK:Smart vision to the TM Forum 3rd Smart City in Focus Forum in Yinchuan, China. The MK delegation included leader of the council, Peter Marland and Alan Fletcher from KMi who were invited to the Forum to contribute to the wider debate and to showcase the work of MK to a global audience. The event included an...
Special Issue: Awareness and Reflection in Technology Enhanced Learning
The latest issue of the International Journal of Technology-Enhanced Learning (IJTEL) is a special issue on Awareness and Reflection in Technology Enhanced Learning. This special issue has been edited by KMi’s Alexander Mikroyannidis together with external collaborators Milos Kravcik (DFKI Germany), Viktoria Pammer (Graz University of Technology, Austria), Michael Prilla (Clausthal...
Augmented Reality App for Students Studying E117
Paul Hogan in KMi has finalised the Augmented Reality (AR) application that he has developed in collaboration with partners in Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELs) that will be made available to students studying E117 Introduction to Sport and Fitness starting in October 2017.
The initial application was developed to provide students with a more emersive study...
KMi wins prestigious SWSA Distinguished Dissertation Award for the 2nd year running
Dr Ilaria Tiddi has just won the 2017 SWSA Distinguished Dissertation Award for her Dissertation ‘Explaining the Data Patterns with Knowledge from the Web of Data’.
This is the second year in a row that a KMi PhD student has won this prestigious award with Dr Hassan Saif picking up the award last year.
Ilaria describes her work at the intersection of knowledge discovery and...
KMi supports Fight Against Hate Campaign in Milton Keynes
On Wednesday, July 19th, the Open University Library welcomed students from five local schools to celebrate their participation in a poster competition about fighting hate crime and hate incidents in Milton Keynes. The competition was launched by the Citizens:MK Fight Against Hate Campaign, to raise awareness and encourage young people to participate in building a more equitable society. The...
WOSP2017 - Touchdown Toronto
Since 2012, members of KMi’s CORE team, headed by Petr Knoth, have orchestrated the WOSP (Workshop On mining Scientific Publications) held each year as a part of JCDL (Joint Conference on Digital Libraries.
Previously held in locations as diverse as London and Indianapolis, this year the 6th annual international WOSP workshop took place at the University of Toronto. Over 100 academics...
KMi Develops OU Photobooth Mobile Application
Paul Hogan in KMi has developed an Android and iOS application on behalf of Learning Innovation that will allow students to share fun photos edited with OU themed emojis on social media.
Although intended for students the app is free and so anyone will be able to use the app and promote The Open University.
Learning Innovation Senior Product Development Manager Elizabeth Ellis who champions...
Congratulations to Dr Paul Warren
Paul Warren successfully defended his thesis on 13th July 2017. The title of Paul's thesis was "Human Reasoning and Description Logics: Applying Psychological Theory to Understand and Improve the Usability of Description Logics". The examiners were Dr. Gem Stapleton (University of Brighton) and Prof. Marian Petre (Computing and Communications).
A key contribution of the thesis...
CORE participates in new EU funded project on Responsible Research and Innovation - FIT4RRI
FIT4RRI is precisely intended to contribute to bridging the gap between RRI and Open Science and promoting viable strategies to render institutional changes in RFPOs (Research Funding and Performing Organizations)
FIT4RRI moves from the assumption that there is a serious gap between the potential role RRI and OS (open science) could play in helping RFPOs (Research Funding and Performing...
COMRADES sails through its mid-term review
The COMRADES (www.comrades-project.eu/) consortium came back triumphant from Brussels where the project's mid-term review was held at the European Commission on July 5th. Project officer and reviewers were highly impressed by the exceptional quality of the work and achievements of the project partners over the first half of the project.
In these 18 months, the consortium...
Learn About Fair 2017, but with a difference!
The Learn about Fair 2017 (LAF 2017) came back this year at the OU yesterday bringing something new to the table focusing around the theme of ‘Personalised Open Learning’. KMi participated as an exhibitor showing neat projects for future innovation in teaching and learning; AR/VR developments, Green Data & OU Analyse.
Paul Hogan, in the continuum of last year...
Best Paper at NLDB 2017
A paper coauthored by new KMi member, Advaith Siddharthan, ex-KMi member Chenghua Lin and their PhD student Mohamad Barawi was awarded the best paper award at the 22nd International Conference on Natural Language & Information Systems – NLDB 2017 (17% acceptance rate for full papers). The extended version of the paper below will be published in the Data & Knowledge...
KMi have become regulars at ESWC
Several members of KMi contributed to the 14th Extended Semantic Web Conference, which took place recently in Portoroz, Slovenia.
In the research track, there were papers from Dr. Hassan Saif and Paul Warren, on "A Semantic Graph-based Approach for Radicalisation Detection on Social Media" and "Improving the Comprehensibility of Description Logics - Applying...
KMi PhD Student success in winning HEIF funding
The Augmented Reality in Activism (ARIA) Project launched this week at KMi with the aim of improving inclusive participation in social protest and campaigning. ARIA will utilise Augmented Reality (AR) and Web technologies to enable people to remotely engage in social activism. AR allows digital and physical world to coexist in the same space. With the help of mobile devices and...
Sentiment Analysis for Arabizi: A Multilingual Jargon on Social Media
After spending almost 2 years at the lab, I am finally pleased to share my research with my friends. Last Thursday, 25th of May, I presented my work in NLP titled "Sentiment Analysis for Arabizi: A Multilingual Jargon". Arabizi is a transcription of the naturally-dialectal Arabic language in Latinscript, quiet common in mobile texting and social media. Similar to the Modern Standard...
Personalised learning - paving the way forward
The latest CALRG event on Personalised Learning took place on May 18th. The event was organised by the Open University's Computers and Learning Research Group (CALRG) and brought together researchers that have been working on personalised learning in order to share the outcomes of their work and move forward to shape the university's strategy in this area.
PT Anywhere presented at the IEEE EDUCON 2017
The IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference (EDUCON) 2017 has been the eighth in a series of conferences that rotate among central locations in IEEE Region 8 (Europe, Middle East and North Africa). EDUCON is the flagship conference of the IEEE Education Society. This year’s EDUCON took place on April 25-28 in the city of Athens, Greece.
Alexander Mikroyannidis attended the...
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...
FORGE Runs an EU Commission Future Internet and Digital Skills Workshop
At the request of the EU Commission FORGE, an EU project coordinated by KMi, ran a workshop at the headquarters of the Future Internet Research and Experimentation (FIRE) unit in Brussels on Digital Skills and the Future Internet. The workshop was attended by senior FIRE representatives including the unit’s Head and Deputy Head as well as representatives from the eSkills unit in Luxembourg...
Two New Senior Researchers
We gathered at the Town Meeting today to celebrate promotions for Carlos Pedrinaci and Mathieu d'Aquin. Both members of staff are now officially "Senior Lecturers."
Director, John Domingue congratulated the pair, and with a glass of bubbly and a slice of cake, they each gave a brief speech.
Mathieu admitted that, although he had put in the hours and the effort to get to this...
Building Remote Labs for Online Scientific Experimentation
The FORGE and Go-Lab projects have jointly organised the hands-on workshop “Building Remote Labs for Online Scientific Experimentation”, which was collocated with the World Engineering Education Forum (WEEF), the International Conference on Interactive Collaborative Learning (ICL) and the International Conference on Engineering Pedagogy (IGIP). The workshop took place on 20...
FORGE at the 5th ARTEL workshop in Toledo
The FORGE project has organised the 5th Workshop on Awareness and Reflection in Technology Enhanced Learning (ARTEL 2015), which was held in the context of the EC-TEL 2015, in Toledo, Spain on 15 September 2015.
The workshop aimed at:
Providing a forum for presenting and discussing research on awareness and reflection in TEL.
Creating an interactive experience that...
5th ESWC Summer School 2015
“Definitely would recommend ESWC Summer School not as a regular event you can visit, but as a unique part of my life”
Just a statement from one of our 24 students who attended ESWC Summer School in Kalamaki, Southern Crete last week. Prof John Domingue, Director of the School and President of STI International lead a very successful 5th ESWC...
Keep up-to-date with our news on iPhone or Apple Watch
The Knowledge Media Institute have built The Open University’s first Apple Watch app to help you keep up-to-date with KMi’s news. The mobile version is also available for the iPhone.
KMi's Paul Hogan has ensured that it is easy to use on the Apple Watch – you simply tap on the news story which interests you and scroll down to read. Return to the list with a quick...
KMi wins over 2 million euros in funding from H2020
Once again, the lab has been successful in winning significant sums of funding from Horizon 2020. As a result, we are pleased to announce four new projects due to begin in January 2016.
The lab won funding for four of the six successful ICT projects at The Open University. These projects will be pushing the boundaries in terms of moving analytics into the everyday, helping to deliver...
Changing the way businesses look at textiles
The TCBL project kicked off last month – What’s it all about?
Textile & Clothing Business Labs (TCBL) aims to create a transformational ecosystem capable of constantly innovating with the business and process models of the European Textile and Clothing (T&C) industry. The latter sector shows the greatest dependence on price based competition (a race to the bottom,...
Student Analytics mentioned on BBC
On Tuesday 28 July the BBC posted a news story about how students at the OU are going to have their progress monitored by software to spot if they need any extra support. This related to Zdenek Zdrahal's project - OU Analyse.
KMi's new Director, John Domingue and Ruth Tudor, President of The Open University's Students' Association represented the University and explained...
KMi technologies feature in the FT
The Financial Times published an article at the weekend on how universities, including The Open University, are using student data to predict academic performance.
Our former Director, Peter Scott, introduced journalist, Helen Warrell to OU Analyse, a project led by Zdenek Zdrahal (see photo). The data collected by the technology created by Zdenek’s team includes how much of...
Angelo reports on SSSW 2015
Last week, the 11th Summer School on Ontological Engineering and the Semantic Web took place.
Unlike other years, it was held in Bertinoro (Italy) instead of Cercedilla (Spain) and relied on an extended organising committee such as Mathieu d’Aquin, Valentina Presutti and Oscar Corcho. KMiers, Ilaria Tiddi and Enrico Daga also helped to organise the summer school and arrange...
Augmented Reality on Show
Last week Mobile Applications Developer from KMi, Paul Hogan gave a 45 minute presentation on KMi’s work with Augmented Reality (AR) for visiting staff and academics from the Shanghai Open University at the OU's Business Development Unit (BDU).
Paul’s work shows how you can use a printed image or 3D object as an AR "target" that your app uses as a trackable...
Inquiry-Based Learning with Online Labs and Mobile Apps
Representatives from the European projects weSPOT and Go-Lab organised and delivered a joint hands-on workshop at the JTEL summer school, which took place last week in Ischia, Italy. The workshop was entitled "Inquiry-Based Learning with Online Labs and Mobile Apps" and allowed participants to experiment with the inquiry toolkits developed by the weSPOT and Go-Lab projects in order to...
VPH Share rated 'Excellent' in final review
VPH Share has concluded with a very successful final review in Eindhoven this month, where the reviewers described the project as "excellent and important". VPH Share is focused on providing a cloud environment enabling clinical researchers to develop simulation and decision support workflows to allow raw medical data to be refined into meaningful diagnostic and therapeutic...
Driving a car - with just your mind
KMi researchers sometimes get to do some pretty strange things and this week project officer Chris Valentine got the chance to be one of the first people in the world to drive a car using just the power of thought.
"Technicians working for insurance comparison website MoneySuperMarket.com combined the very latest in commercial electroencephalogram (EEG) neuro headsets with the type of...
International recognition of CORE in the Best of Business Web
KMi’s project COnnecting REpositories (CORE) was included in the June issue of the Best of Business Web newsletter.
According to the editor's, Robert Berkman, comment, CORE ... is a real gold mine of a research site. You can perform precision searches by using the advanced search to quickly search via phrase or Boolean; limit by author, publisher and year; choose to only return...
KMi project wins Storage Award at annual event
The OU-led digital initiative MK:Smart was successful at the 22nd annual Storage Awards, held at the prestigious Grand Connaught Rooms in London. The MK Data Hub was nominated (and won!) in the “Best Storage Solution” category for its “Data protection project”, this was built in conjunction with NCE Europe, Arcserve and CMS Distribution. Attending and receiving the...
Secondary pupils present three 'urban inquiries' projects created through weSPOT at the International Conference on Technology Policy and Innovation
Seven secondary pupils and two Science Educators represented Stantonbury School at the ICTPI 2015 international conference today. They presented three urban inquiries on: Energy Consumption, Electric Cars and Solar panels. "Urban Inquiries" is an initiative coordinated by the Knowledge Media Institute, supported by Ale Okada, Alex Mikroyannidis and Annika Wolff. Its aim is to help...
Farewell Celebration for Peter Scott
Members of KMi and colleagues from across the University gathered in the lab to say goodbye to our Director.
Peter will be sorely missed in his role as a leader and a mentor in KMi. After twenty years of service to The Open University, and seven years as KMi's Director, Professor Scott will soon become Assistant Deputy Vice Chancellor at the University of Technology, Sydney,...
Promoting Partnerships among Universities, Schools and Research Centres for Smart Citizenship
The Open University hosted the 15th International Conference on Technology Policy and Innovation (ICTPI) on 17-19 June 2015. ICTPI'15 conference brought together leading representatives of academic, business, and government sectors worldwide to present and discuss current and future issues of using science and technology.
The theme of ICTPI 2015 focuses on 'ICT and Science in a Complex...
Case Study of the Week for the OU's SUPI project
The Open University's Schools University Partnership Initiative (SUPI) is being featured as the 'Case Study of the Week' on the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement's (NCCPE's) website.
Over the last year Trevor Collins (KMI), Peter Devine (IET), Rick Holliman (Science) and Mark Russell (Denbigh School) ran a series of participatory design workshops to...
The Open University and Cisco at the exp.at conference
The 3rd Experiment@International Conference (exp.at'15) took place last week in the beautiful island of Sao Miguel in the Azores. This biannual conference is dedicated to online experimentation, providing a forum of discussion and collaboration between academics, researchers, web designers, K-12 teachers and industry, trying to bridge the gap between academic applications and...
KMi celebrates its 20th Anniversary
Yesterday we reflected on how far we’ve come as a lab and discussed what’s next for Knowledge Media.
We were joined by guests and former colleagues from a range of academic institutions to celebrate this wonderful milestone for KMi.
The event was opened by the OU's new Vice Chancellor, Peter Horrocks and special guests included some of KMi’s founders: Marc Eisenstadt,...
Rutgers workshop on social and collaborative information seeking
PhD student Simon Knight has just returned from a week at the School of Communications and Information at Rutgers University where he was an invited attendee of the DIMACS (Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science) funded Workshop on Social and Collaborative Information Seeking (SCIS) held under the auspices of the Special Focus on Information Sharing and Dynamic Data...
EATEL SIG Remote Labs and Online Experimentation is established
The European projects FORGE and Go-Lab have jointly established the Special Interest Group (SIG): Remote Labs and Online Experimentation. The SIG has been established within the European Association of Technology Enhanced Learning (EATEL). The EATEL supports a network of European research laboratories and groups via free services, sponsoring high profile TEL events, a knowledge...
Teaching Award for Student Connections Team
Kevin Quick, Jon Linney, Ben Hawkridge and Chris Valentine received an OU Teaching Award at the Charter Day on 23 April 2015.
The Faculty of Social Sciences launched Student Connections in May 2014 in order to bring OU students and academics together to build a mutually beneficial community. Student Connections is made up of numerous elements including an annual online conference where...
FORGE in Bulgaria
Last week, a two-day event was held in Troyan (Bulgaria) to present new ICT solutions to Bulgarian universities. In this event, John Domingue presented the FORGE project to members of Bulgarian universities. The audience become aware of the possibility of using FIRE's experimentation facilities for teaching purposes and how FORGE can facilitate this. Particularly, John presented the ongoing...
OU staff find out about Knowledge Media
The Open University's Charter Day celebrations concluded with the Learn About Fair yesterday.
People from all over the OU found out more about a variety KMi projects, including Engage and EDV. It was a particularly good opportunity for the latter to showcase the Democratic Replay tool, as we quickly approach the UK General Election next month.
The two day fair was well attended and...
CHI2015 SIG panel on Online Deliberative Processes and Technologies
A new Special Interest Group on Online Deliberation will be launched this 22 of April 2015!
Online Deliberation (OD) is an important and increasingly common Internet phenomenon that has drawn attention from researchers in various disciplines. A series of events, projects and workshops have been convened by organizers of this SIG. From 2003-2010 there were four International Conferences...
Why we need EDV
Even though social media is thoroughly embedded in voters’ culture we have yet to come up with an engaging, interactive way to share our feedback on election debates, but perhaps all that is about to change.
The Election Debate Visualisation (EDV) project – a collaboration between KMi and the University of Leeds has created an attractive feedback tool which could provide an...
Peter Scott to bring STEM research to life
The Director of KMi will be a keynote speaker at the eSTEeM Conference on 16 April 2015.
There’s only one day left to register for this conference, which will bring together academics in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) to promote innovation, scholarship and enterprise in open and distance learning.
Peter will be taking the opportunity to present some of...
Augmenting the world (at MIT media labs)
Last week saw the chair of the IEEE standards association working group on Augmented Reality Learning Experience Models, KMi's own Fridolin Wild, present vision and working plan, while also kicking off the initial use case collection.
Hosted by the MIT media labs in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the AR community meeting brought together the global experts in the field, also with...
Doctor, doctor give me the news...
KMi is proud to announce that there are two new doctors in our midst. In a turn up for the books, and after years of hard work, Hassan Saif and Petr Knoth both passed their vivas today.
We celebrated with a bottle of bubbly and speeches from each candidate. Both were very thankful for the support they had received from colleagues and friends at KMi. Petr highlighted that “KMi is a great...
FORGE Wins Hottest Pitch at NetFutures 15
NetFutures is the main event for EU research and innovation under DG Connect and had over 1,000 attendees this year. The main event was opened by Commissioner Guenther H. Oettinger, followed by Arnis Daugulis, Deputy Secretary of State for Latvia and Sara Mazur, Vice President and Head of Research, Ericsson. During this opening session the official documentation launching the Alliance on Internet...
KMi at LAK15 - Poughkeepsie
A group of KMIers have just returned from the 5th ACM Learning Analytics and Knowledge (LAK) conference, this year held in Poughkeepsie, New York.
Zdenek Zdrahal, Martin Hlosta, and Jakub Kuzilek were attending to present work on OU Analyse, which as well as attracting interest from participants was highlighted in OU PVC Belinda Tynan's keynote talk on Thursday.
Exciting Packet Tracer widget developments
This is what Nuno Guarda, Head of Corporate Affairs for Cisco in the UK and Ireland, tweeted yesterday after a very successful event held at the Open University. Alexander Mikroyannidis and Aitor Gomez-Goiri (Knowledge Media Institute - KMi, The Open University) presented their latest work on rich interactive learning materials, featuring the development of an HTML5 widget, which is based on...
KMi welcomes Director-designate John Domingue
We’re pleased to announce that Professor John Domingue has been appointed as KMi's 4th Director since its founding in 1995. John will be taking up his post in August this year, when the current Director steps down. Today KMiers welcomed this appointment with a gathering to celebrate with a slice of cake and a bit of bubbly.
Professor Domingue is one of KMi’s early pioneers,...
Volunteers rate the debate
Yesterday a user group had the opportunity to test out a prototype Election Debate audience feedback tool at KMi.
A group of voters gathered in our Podium space to watch one of last year’s political debates and log our reactions to the speakers’ performances using an innovative online tool. The prototype application was tested on laptops, tablets and smartphones to capture the...
The European Data Science Academy has kicked-off!
The kick-off meeting of the European Data Science Academy (EDSA) took place last week in Luxembourg. EDSA is a flagship project for the EC with regards to bridging the gap in the demands for data science skills in Europe. Apart from the project partners, the meeting was attended by the Project Officer for EDSA Carola Carstens, the Head of Unit Data Value Chain DG Connect Marta Nagy-Rothengass,...
Breaking the rules is not a strategy to win
Evaluating learning technology and approaches regarding their impact is an extremely challenging task, with wrong choice in methodology often leading to low-impact, academic ivory tower research that nobody cares for.
Effie Law (University of Leicester) and KMi's Fridolin Wild therefore have compiled an inventory of relevant methods and approaches in order to help researchers pick the...
Successful collaboration with Chinese university
This month we said farewell to Zhou Rui who came to visit KMi for several months from Anhui Radio and TV University, China. Zhou came over from his home faculty of Educational Technology to work on OU Analyse. His research interests, which include data mining and data analysis, meant that he provided useful support for the OU Analyse team.
We hope this may be the beginning of a strong...
New standard for Augmented Reality
KMi research in the Theme ‘Learning by Experience’ was rewarded today with the establishment of a new working group within the IEEE standards association.
The expert working group within will elaborate a proposal for augmented reality learning experience models (IEEE AR-LEM), with an early draft scheduled for the late summer and a first ballot possible as early as...
OpenMinds - the future of learning
How people learn is changing. KMi Director Professor Scott explored what this means for The Open University at the first in a new series of talks: Open Minds on Tuesday 20 January.
The new OpenMinds series of talks from The Open University are showcasing the University’s thought leadership in learning and teaching and the application of research to policy and practice across the UK. The...
COMPOSE nominated for IoTAwards
Every year the #IoTAwards honour the year's best products and ideas shaping the Internet of Things, may they be novel business ideas or disruptive devices. For 2014, KMi's EU project COMPOSE has been nominated for the best integrated solution for supporting the development of Internet of Things applications.
COMPOSE competes in this category with well-established, commercial...
Responsive Open Learning Environments: New book published by Springer
A new book edited by Sylvana Kroop, Alexander Mikroyannidis and Martin Wolpers has just been published by Springer. The book is entitled “Responsive Open Learning Environments” and presents the outcomes of 4 years of educational research in the EU-supported project called ROLE (Responsive Online Learning Environments). ROLE technology is centred around the concept of self-regulated...
KMi Develops Augmented Reality Prospectus Mobile App
KMi has developed an Augmented Reality enabled mobile application to bring the latest undergraduate prospectus to life.
The user of the app just points their device at the appropriate page in the prospectus and a 3D object will appear. The displayed objects also allow user interaction such as swiping to rotate.
View OU Alive in the App Store
Social Attitudes of Young People
A new report from the UK Government Cabinet Office sets out to explore the social attitudes of young people, with a KMi contribution on changes in technology and in particular social media and social networking. The report comes fresh from the Horizon Scanning Programme which has also recently analysed critical emerging technologies such as Big Data and the demographic changes in...
First thesis using weSPOT: ICT and Entrepreneurship - new paradigms...
Congratulations to Karine Souza who passed her PhD viva last friday - 19th of December. She was a visiting PhD researcher from University of Minho Portugal supervised by Dr. Bento Silva and by Dr. Ale Okada during her visit at the Open University UK. In KMi, Karine has been participating in the COLEARN - open research network since 2013. She collaborated to the European...
The Video Journal of Open Education is out!
The first issue of the Video Journal of Open Education has just been published. This issue is dedicated to presenting the presentations of the 2014 OCWC Global Conference held in Ljubljana, Slovenia, on April 23-26. The issue features an interview of Alexander Mikroyannidis talking about Open Education challenges and future directions.
The Video Journal of Open Education has introduced a new...
UK REF confirms OU as World Leading and Internationally Excellent!
Computer Science and Informatics at the OU (including KMi and Computing and Communications) performed very strongly in the recent HEFCE REF exercise, with 75% of outputs rated world-leading or internally-excellent (up from 70% in 2008), an excellent research environment (100%), and a 30% larger submission (31 FTE, up from 24 in 2008).
This result places Open University computing...
KMi approach to wearable-enhanced learning presented to EC
The annual performance review of the TELLME project last week in Luxembourg saw KMi present work on learning by doing with a wearable, mixed reality job performance aid to the European Commission.
Innovation and technological advances in manufacturing created a skills gap across the globe, shifting demand for human labour from robotizable production jobs to the before and after...
MiData Personal Data and Trust Lab
In August we published a story entitled Citizen Data - empowering citizens about how KMi had joined a three-month feasibility study on how to empower citizens with their own data. A report detailing the outcomes of the study has now been released and can be downloaded here.
Other organisations involved in the research include the Digital Catapult,...
KMi presents OU wide workshop on EU grant management
On 12th of November, KMi’s Aneta Tumilowicz presented a workshop on the use of European Commission’s Participant Portal for EU grant management.
This is the second workshop of this type organised by the KMi (the first one was presented in June 2013) at the Open University. The aims of this workshop were:
To communicate new requirements for financial reporting in FP7...
OUAnalyse Featured On National Radio
At the end of November Martin Hlosta presented OUAnalyse at DatConf2014 at Brno University of Technology (TU Brno).
Martin was one of the ten speakers presenting on the theme of data in the second largest city in Czech Republic. The Open University have a strong relationship with TU Brno, displayed through an agreement between the two institutions regarding the Erasmus programme. As a result,...
A successful first year review for FORGE!
On the cold 2nd of December FORGE project had its first year review in Brussels.
Professor John Domingue and Aneta Tumilowicz represented the KMi team at the review and were also responsible for the overall project presentation as KMi is the project’s coordinator.
A panel of four international experts, chaired by the EC project officer Georges Lobo, assessed the project with the first...
The second edition of the top 10 book - Knowledge Cartography is now available!
We are delighted to announce that the second edition of the book Knowledge Cartography: Software Tools and Mapping Techniques has been published this month with five new chapters. The aim of this book is to present how mapping techniques and software tools can be used for learning, teaching and knowledge management.
The readers will find 540 pages with all the maps and images in colour...
KMi and weSPOT in Dubai
Alexander Mikroyannidis represented KMi and the weSPOT project last week at the IEEE International Conference on Web & Open Access to Learning (ICWOAL), which was held in Dubai. The event was highly successful, featuring a keynote from our very own Mike Sharples.
Alexander presented a paper about the Inquiry-Based Learning platform developed in the context of the weSPOT project....
Responsible Use of Social Media Data
It is excellent to see today's publication of the Responsible use of data report by the Commons Science and Technology Committee. The OU has a long track record of research expertise in social media and other forms of big data, and provided both written and oral evidence to the Committee's inquiry on Social Media and Real-time Analytics which culminated in today's...
DecarboNet - The Best Is Yet To Come
Lara Piccolo, Miriam Fernandez, and Harith Alani from KMi travelled to Brussels last week to run the successful first review of the FP7 CAPS DecarboNet project. Harith Alani; the coordinator of DecarboNet, told the reviewers in his opening presentation to 'Keep Calm, because the best is yet to come' from this three year project.
The review was also attended by representatives of all...
The first FORGE newsletter is out!
It is hard to believe that only a year has passed since our project started given all of the events that we’ve participated in and the extent of our results.
As you will read FORGE has the ambitious aim to transform FIRE into a learning resource – making world class experimental facilities available to students within eBooks. We have already developed a first interactive eBook...
The third edge: knowledge in social networks, book launched in Brazil
Dr. Izabel Meister, who was a PhD student in KMi in 2012, has just published a book about her thesis, which was launched today in Brazil.
Her thesis co-supervised by Dr. Okada - “The weaving of knowledge in social networks habitat of collective intelligences” – focused on social networks as a space of creation and acquisition of knowledge. She analysed some social...
OU reaching for the stars...
After 10 years of flying through space, the spacecraft of the Rosetta mission is close to reaching its final destination - comet 67/P.
KMi honours this Big Day with the production of an augmented reality enhanced film - showcasing how new knowledge media can be used to create new types of learning materials.
The film features Dr. Natalie Starkey of the OU's Planetary and Space Sciences...
MK Data Hub Installation begins
On 27 October Paul Alexander’s team arrived at UCMK with the first load of data hub equipment to begin the installation.
The MK Data Hub is the key component that will curate all data involved in MK:Smart, which is a collaboration between a range of public sector and commercial partners. The Open University, who are leading the project, are collaborating with the University of...
DataCore User Group to be held at KMi
The third in a series of annual, invitation only, end-user focused events, organised by leading software defined storage vendor, DataCore and partner organisation NCE, will be held in KMi’s Podium on 2 December 2014.
We look forward to welcoming guests from a variety of sectors and giving them an introduction to what the Knowledge Media Institute has to offer in terms of delivering...
KMi docks at ISWC 2014
The International Semantic Web Conference this year witnessed another flood of KMi personnel and talent, with 9 people from the lab attending the conference which took place in Riva del Garda, Italy, on October 19-23. The range of contributions from KMi to this flagship Semantic Web conference this year has never been as diverse, ranging from papers, to keynotes, to posters.
KMi receives the best paper award at IHC 2014
This week, a KMi's paper led by Lara Schibelsky Godoy Piccolo received the best paper award at IHC 2014, the third Brazilian Symposium on Human Factors in Computer Systems.
KMi's paper "Energy Consumption Awareness in the Workplace: Technical Artefacts and Practices" presented a study evaluating the role of three different technologies to promote energy awareness in a...
EDEN 2014: Open Distance Learning: Doing Things Better: Doing Better Things
EDENRW8, which was held in Oxford on 27-28 October 2014, provided a good overview of the current state of online, open and distance learning in Europe. This event was organised by Professor Antonio Moreira Teixeira, President of EDEN from the Open University of Portugal, and Professor Belinda Tynan, Pro Vice-Chanchellor on Learning & Teaching at the Open University UK,...
Would you prefer to take a cold shower every day- or - shower only twice a week?
Comfort, well-being, safety… what really matters to us? How can we change our behaviour to mitigate climate change, but keep in line with our inner values?
The Daring Dilemmas on Facebook is a DecarboNet initiative of periodically launching intriguing questions to make people reflect upon and discuss habits and everyday choices - and how they may impact the...
Boo! says the KMi AR Ghost
Just in time for Halloween, the Knowledge Media Institute of The Open University is proud to announce the release of its first ghost, "Cuthbert 1.0", who now spooks the institute’s hallways. “Cuthbert is state-of-the-art, not one of these timeworn second hand ghosts, who’ve been around for a couple hundred years”, says Fridolin Wild, the principal...
Live Fresher's Week Events, October 2014
This week saw KMi support two linked live and online "Fresher's Week" events for the new October 2014 intake of Students. OU Student Assoication (OUSA) radio kicked off with a broadcast on Monday 29th September and then the University's Student Hub Live ran over two days Wednesday and Thursday, of that same week. OUSA Radio was a "talk-show radio" format...
Cambridge Masters students learn about MK:Smart
Over thirty Master's students from Cambridge University visited KMi on Friday, to learn about our smart city project.
Project Director, Prof Enrico Motta gave an overview of the project while Dr Mathieu d’Aquin presented the work on crowd analysis in more detail, which is carried out in the context of the wider action on enabling intelligent mobility. The session was part of the...
International Joint Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning EC-TEL and Knowledge Technologies and data-driven Business I-KNOW
KMi had an impressive participation in the EC-TEL and I-KNOW conferences including eleven KMi researchers responsible for six presentations and four papers. This joint event took place in Graz, Austria, September 16-19, 2014. The key themes were open learning and teaching in educational communities as well as the integration of data-centric and...
A successful first workshop on Linked Data for Knowledge Discovery
The first workshop on Linked Data for Knowledge Discovery (LD4KD) took place in Nancy (North-East of France) on Sept. 19th, during the European Conference on Machine Learning and Principles and Practice of Knowledge Discovery in Databases (ECML/PKDD). The event was organised by two KMi members, Dr. Mathieu d'Aquin and PhD student Ilaria Tiddi, in collaboration with a former KMi member, Prof....
First Seminar on Responsible Research and Innovation and Science Education in Europe
The ENGAGE project meeting and the First Seminar on Responsible Research and Innovation and Science Education was held in Paris at the “L’espace des Sciences Pierre-Gilles de Gennes” – ESPCI ParisTech during the 22nd to 24th of September.
This European event was organised by Alexandra Okada (OU - KMi) and Matteo Merzagora (TRACES). There were more than...
First Seminar on Responsible Research and Innovation and Science Education in Europe
The ENGAGE project meeting and the First Seminar on Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) and Science Education was held in Paris at the “L’espace des Sciences Pierre-Gilles de Gennes” – ESPCI ParisTech during the 22nd to 24th of September.
This European event was organised by Alexandra Okada (OU - KMi) and Matteo Merzagora (TRACES). There were more...
The OU Welcomes our new Chancellor!
Today marked an exciting day for the OU, Baroness Martha Lane-Fox was installed as our new Chancellor in the Milton Keynes degree ceremony at Milton Keynes theatre. As part of the days celebration’s, KMi were invited to have a stand at the post ceremony showcase at the Walton Hall campus in Milton Keynes.
KMi presented our new pipeline technologies in three broad themes: the future...
Fourth ESWC Summer School 'Awesome'
"It was an awesome experience."
"ESWC Summer School was awesome, seriously! I would not expect at all to meet so many cool people (tutors and students) there and learnt a lot from them. Thank you all tutors, students and whoever involved making this summer school happen. I would definitely recommend the ESWC Summer School to other students...."
"…. I would...
Calling MK citizens - come and talk Personal Data
If you care about how your Personal Information is used and want to be involved in the thinking that will help shape the public and private services that citizens engage with online, these workshops will allow you to explore some live use cases and propose solutions.
22nd September 2014 3.30 to 5.30pm Register here
23rd September 2014 12.00 to 2.00 pm Register Here
Riding Giants: How to innovate and educate ahead of the wave
The ALTC 2014, annual conference held at Warwick University, was one of the key events at the forefront of learning technology this year. The inspiring theme “Riding Giants: How to innovate and educate ahead of the wave” attracted interesting keynotes, speakers, researchers and various professionals involved in the field of learning technology.
This event was organised through...
LED to be featured at DLfM and ISWC 2014
The Listening Experience Database has earned two slots in upcoming academic events on Digital Libraries and the Semantic Web, both themes much cherished by KMi folk in the realm of Web science.
On September 12, LED will be presented at the first International Digital Libraries for Musicology Workshop (DLfM 2014) by Royal College of Music researcher Simon Brown and KMi researcher Alessandro...
OU Analyse: turning barriers into opportunities!
At the beginning of August, the OU Analytics team in KMi received the following letter from the Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic):
"Zdenek and team, At the office of PVC-A Team Away Day I asked colleagues to nominate people who they work with and who deserve a special thank you. The team were nominated for "turning barriers into opportunities and ignoring...
KMi Receives 12 Bottles of Quality Champagne as an Expression of Thanks for Our Research
Two mysterious boxes of quality champagne have been delivered to KMi on Friday last week. After an original uncertainty about the sender and the true recipient, it has been revealed they were sent by a London based company Research Research Limited. The champagne was addressed to Petr Knoth and his team developing the CORE system as an expression of thanks for producing the service. The...
Citizen Data - empowering citizens
KMi joins three-month feasibility study on how to empower citizens with their own data.
Five organisations have come together to run a three-month feasibility study to explore how to empower citizens with their own data. The miData Studio initiative is a collaboration between the Open University ( KMi and MCT) and:
Milton Keynes Council
Citizen Data - empowering citizens
KMi joins three-month feasibility study on how to empower citizens with their own data.
Five organisations have come together to run a three-month feasibility study to explore how to empower citizens with their own data.
The miData Studio initiative is a collaboration between the Open University ( KMi and MCT) and:
Milton Keynes Council
Tercentenary in Catalonia: a hundred experts discussing new models of education based on emerging digital trends
This year marks the 300th anniversary of the events of 11th of September 1714 in the history of Catalonia, which represents the people's struggle for freedom. The FIET 2014 is one of these initiatives for celebrating the Tercentenary. Its aim is “to showcase the best Catalan practices in the fields of Education, Culture and Technology and discuss with...
Congratulations, Dr Corneli
Congrats to KMi's latest PhD award - Dr Joe Corneli.
Joe's thesis: "Peer produced peer learning : A mathematics case study" described a research project which created a technological intervention intended to transform a peer produced reference resource into a peer produced learning environment.
In his research, supervised by KMi's Alexander Mikroyannidis and...
ERA toolkit used on OU Environmental Science field courses
KMI’s Enabling Remote Activity (ERA) project has been mobilised again recently to support the accessibility of Environmental Science field courses. The OU’s use of the portable communications toolkit enables mobility impaired students to participate fully in field courses. The flexibility of the kit means that for sites which some students are unable to reach, the students and their...
Tapping into your personal curiosity: Workshop at PLE 2014
Alexander Mikroyannidis delivered a workshop last week at the PLE 2014 conference, which took place in Tallinn, Estonia. The Personal Learning Environments (PLE) conference is an annual event bringing together PLE researchers, educators and practitioners for a lively exchange of ideas, practices and visions.
The workshop was entitled "Tapping into your personal curiosity: Personal...
After just under 19 years today is the very last day for Professor Simon Buckingham Shum in his KMi office. Arriving here at the very beginning of the Open University's Knowledge Media Instute in 1995, Simon has risen from Research Fellow to a full Professor as well as serving as a KMi Associate Director (Technology).
His research over the years has been inspired by Doug Engelbart and...
KMi receives resources to provide CORE as a service
KMi is to receive resources from Jisc to support 3 full time personnel to continue working on CORE and deliver it as a service. The Jisc decision to continue supporting CORE resulted from a few events. First, the Open Mirror feasibility study commissioned by Jisc last year and published in June 2014 recommended to sustain CORE. In parallel, Jisc asked KMi to create a Service Delivery Plan...
Strong visibility of KMi's work at Open Repositories 2014
KMi work received high visibility at the 9th International Conference on Open Repositories (OR2014) in Helsinki, Finland especially due to the KMi's CORE project being mentioned on numerous occasions in the talks of non-OU conference participants. OR 2014 is the main conference in the field of open science and open access repositories and attracted this year over 400 attendees. Additionally,...
ENGAGE reaches 1200 teachers in a few weeks
The European project ENGAGE “Equipping the Next Generation for Active Engagement in Science” engaged 1200 teachers who signed up and started to download the learning materials.
This project is part of the EU Science in society agenda to promote more Responsible Research and Innovation’ (RRI).
ENGAGE is designed to provide sustained professional development,...
Congratulations, Professor Zdrahal
Zdenek Zdrahal, who has been a stalwart of the Open University since 1991, and member of KMi since it was created a few years later has been awarded his chair!
Professor Zdrahal's research applications have been of significant practical value in reaching out to our local community here in Milton Keynes and he has had a huge impact on heritage organizations worldwide. He has also had a...
The interactive webconference: Student Connections
KMi hosted the first Student Connections conference this week. The online event from The Open University’s Faculty of Social Sciences took place between 30 June 2014 – 4 July 2014 and presented a series of highly interactive webcasts to Open University students from all the Faculty.
Hosting a week of live and "as live" events, from a multitude of live...
Strong KMi presence at ACM Web Science Conference
KMi was well presented at the ACM 2014 Web Science Conference (WebSci) which was held last week at Indiana University, Bloomington, US. Acceptance rate at the conference was 20%, with 3 full papers from KMi.
Lara Piccolo presented a paper on Motivating Online Engagement and Debates on Energy Consumption, co-authored with Harith Alani and Anna De Lido from KMi, and Cecilia Baranauska...
Education and Technology for transformative learning: Cyberculture or Third Culture?
The International Forum on Education and Technology was held in Tarragona, Spain on 27 and 28 June. Over 1000 people across the world gathered at the Palau Firal i de Congressos to discuss the role of technology in Education for transformative learning. Several topics were covered during this event: teachers’ digital competence, educational policy for a network society...
KMi at the International Conference of the Learning Sciences
This week 2nd year PhD student Simon Knight's been attending the 2014 International Conference of the Learning Sciences, in Boulder Colorado.
In addition to co-chairing a workshop on learning analytics, and productive dialogue with the international community, Simon also presented a paper (slides, video) on a developing 'epistemic network analysis' approach to learning analytics...
Bridging Learning Analytics and Learning Sciences - ICLS Workshop
On Monday this week 2nd year PhD student Simon Knight co-chaired a full day workshop at the International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS) in Boulder, on Learning Analytics for Learning and Becoming in Practice. The workshop website (including all accepted papers) is available hosted by KMi here and provides further information regarding the themes of the day, as well as a static copy...
Open, Social and Big - the 3 keys to education futures presented to E2BN
Peter Scott received a warm welcome when he presented his keynote talk at the E2BN conference on 25 June. He set the ball rolling with the first talk of the day on transforming learning via open, social and big data.
E2BN hosts a two day conference and exhibition for school and Local Authority staff and all those interested in raising standards through the use of technology. This year's...
Learning Analytics keynote at World Conference on Educational Media
I've just returned from EdMedia 2014 [#edmediaconf] where I was honoured to be invited to present as a keynote speaker. My thanks to the AACE organisers and delegates for the very warm welcome I received.
The critical stance of the talk seemed to resonate with delegates, who hear a lot about "Big Data" and analytics, but have reservations about the kinds of learning that such...
Parliamentary Select Committee: Social Media data and real time analytics
KMi's Dr Mathieu d’Aquin gave evidence on behalf of the OU to the House of Commons Science & Technology Committee at an oral evidence session on Monday 23 June. The session formed part of the Committee's inquiry into Social media data and real time analytics launched earlier this year.
Dr d'Aquin was joined in front of the select committee today by a...
EUCLID Officially Declared Excellent!
The EUCLID project finished last week with its final review and was given an ‘Excellent’ ranking (the highest) by our reviewers and our EU Project Officer. EUCLID was a two year Coordination and Support Action tasked with producing learning materials for professionals who wish to learn about Linked Data.
Over the lifetime of the project we produced a rich mixture of high...
Towards a European Area of Skills and Qualifications
European learners and workers should be able to have their skills and qualifications understood and recognised, within and across national borders, by employers and by educational institutions. The tools that support this aim should be coherent, simple, and easy to use.
The EASQ conference in Brussels on 17th June 2014 took as a starting point the results of the public consultation and the...
Watch the FORGE iBook teaser video
The teaser video of the FORGE iBook gives you a taste of the learning materials and interactive elements included in the iBook developed by the FORGE project. The FORGE iBook features a number of networking courses produced by FORGE that use FIRE facilities for introducing basic networking concepts to the reader/learner. The iBook is available to download here for the iPad and Mac OS X 10.9...
Professor Enrico Motta takes MK:Smart thinking to the Westminster eForum
Prof. Enrico Motta, delivered a keynote talk at the Westminster eForum this week, giving a research perspective on the UK smart city market.
The Westminster eForum is a platform for policymakers in Parliament, Whitehall and regulatory agencies to engage in a dialogue with key stakeholders on public policy relating to technology. Participants include academics, technology...
First Prize for Rexplore at ESWC Semantic Publishing Challenge
The groundbreaking Rexplore system for analysing scholarly data was awarded first prize, as Best Semantic Publishing Application, at the “Semantic Publishing Challenge”, which was held in the context of the 11th Extended Semantic Web Conference. Rexplore was chosen from a number of innovative Semantic Web applications by a jury comprising both researchers and commercial...
DfE consults KMi on Educational Big Data/Analytics
The Dept. for Education Educational Technology Action Group (ETAG), was set up in February 2014 by three Ministers: Michael Gove, Matthew Hancock and David Willetts. In response to the online consultation, Simon Knight and I have contributed to the ETAG2a cluster focused on: Students with sight and control of their own complex learning "big" data.
Read our contribution on key...
KMi at ESWC 2014!
A significant number of KMiers attended the 11th edition of the European Semantic Web Conference (ESWC 2014, http://2014.eswc-conferences.org/), which was celebrated one more year in Anissaras, Crete. The European Semantic Web Conference is held annually and is one of the most relevant events in the Semantic Web area.
KMi's presence was one of the largest in the conference, with...
Reinventing University for a Wholistic Education
"As universities adapt for the 21st century, what could be done now, like never before, to fully educate future workers, citizens and fulfilled human beings?"
This is the very challenging question which Randy Bass is exploring in a 6-part series of video roundtables (each with a 10min summary) to Reinvent the University for the Whole Person. Wholistic learning analytics is a frontier...
VPH Share Year 3 Review
VPH Share had a very successful third-year review last week in Brussels. VPH Share is focused on providing a cloud environment enabling clinical researchers to develop simulation and decision support workflows to allow raw medical data to be refined into meaningful diagnostic and therapeutic information.
Highlights of the review included three demonstrations by external clinical...
Learning Analytics and Educational Networked Improvement Communities
Prof. Tony Bryk (President, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching) is a leading thinker on the improvement of schooling systems. He spent last week at University of Bristol, where I am a visiting fellow, running a hands-on workshop and giving a public lecture. Two full days gave us the opportunity to explore in some depth the intersection of our research programmes.
KMi's Duygu selected as a Research Spotlight Competition Finalist
On Thursday 22 May 2014, BCS (British Computing Society) London office held the 10th Hopper Colloquium. UCL (University College London) presented the Hopper colloquium this year; which was sponsored by IBM and BCS. It was a 1 day event that celebrated women in computing with women speakers talked about their research in computer science and related fields; to give an insight into careers in the...
MK:Smart helping to deliver the Internet of Things in Milton Keynes
MK:Smart partners BT, Milton Keynes Council and the OU are working in collaboration with Neul, the Connected Digital Economy Catapult and the Future Cities Catapult to build a city-wide, open access demonstration network for Machine to Machine (M2M) communications and the Internet of Things (IoT), based on the Weightless™ communications standard.
The MK Data Hub will provide the...
weSPOT in Brazil!
Dante Alighieri is one of the best schools in Sao Paulo Brazil, built more than a hundred years ago by Italian immigrants. Currently it has more than 4,200 students, 115 classrooms and 5 buildings. Its aims are to connect Brazilian and Italian culture, as well as to promote ethical and educational values through innovative pedagogical approaches, high quality teaching and new...
Engage in the Future City debate @ MK Gallery on 21 May
On Thursday 21 May Geoff Snelson, a member of the MK:Smart Project Executive Board, and Director of Strategy at Milton Keynes Council, will be speaking at MK Gallery. Geoff will be discussing how MK prepares for future growth, evidencing MK:Smart as a key initiative in supporting the growth of Milton Keynes.
‘Priming the local economy’ is the third set of...
13th PCST 2014 in Brazil: Inquiry Based Learning and Science communication through weSPOT
The 13th International Public Communication of Science and Technology Conference (PSCT 2014), held in Salvador - Brazil, is one of the most important events in Science Communication. Ale Okada, Sonia Pinto and Silvar Ribeiro presented a case study about weSPOT for promoting scientific literacy through collaborative inquiry.
The PCST 2014 conference aims to raise more...
People Powered Change: MK:Smart Citizen Lab
Are you interested in shaping the future of transport, energy and water use in Milton Keynes?
Hear stimulating talks from our guest speakers about some innovative community initiatives, and get involved in the debate for change in MK.
MK:Smart Citizen Lab is part of the MK:Smart project, a smart city initiative led by the Open University.
The People Powered Change workshop in...
KMi @ ESRC Code Acts in Education seminar
Last Friday I gave an invited talk at the ESRC Code Acts in Education seminar series, University of Edinburgh. I focused on how the different dimensions to how Learning Analytics "act" in education: analytics are assessment tools, embodying educational worldviews.
More details and recording of my talk on my blog.
How do Learning Analytics “act” in Education? from...
KMi make ARGH! millionaires in Malta
At the 2014 Joint Technology Enhanced Learning Summer School (JTELSS) in Malta KMi collaborated with the TELL-Me project partner VTT to design and deliver this year’s JTELSS Million Dollar Challenge, requiring students to work with the ARGH! augmented reality platform.
The Million Dollar Challenge is a KMi workshop designed to support doctoral students in the understanding of the...
weSPOT at NSTA Conference 2014 - 30,000 attendees
The NSTA conference is one of the most important events in Science Education in the EUA, which offers the latest in science content, teaching strategy, and research to enhance and expand the professional growth of science educators. This event attracts over 30,000 attendees annually.
Ale Okada and Tony Sherborne from Sheffield Hallam University run a workshop together entitled...
Happy 45th Birthday, Open University
KMi celebrated The Open University's 45th 'Charter Day' today celebrating the historic signing of The Open University Charter with the launch of the new OU Pipeline, a website dedicated to the delivery of Knowledge Media technologies into the OU.
Showing off KMi pipeline technologies at Charter Day 2014, we presented a range of new work in three broad themes: the future of...
Open Learning Analytics come a step closer
Key players in the field have combined forces to add momentum to the creation of open source learning analytics.
I recently returned from the Open Learning Analytics (OLA) Summit at which SoLAR and Apereo Foundation committed to collaboration around OLA will enable educational institutions to create open or hybrid for fee/free analytics infrastructures. Analytics capacity will not therefore be...
OUAnalyse at the LAK14 Machine Learning and Learning Analytics workshop
The first international workshop on Machine Learning and Learning Analytics took place last Tuesday 25th March, as part of LAK14. The goal of the workshop was to discuss what benefits machine learning techniques can bring to the field of learning analytics. It was intended as both an introduction to the field for those wishing to start applying machine learning within their own institution,...
KMi's Duygu Simsek wins the LAK'14 Best Demo Award
The 4th International Learning Analytics and Knowledge Conference held in Indianapolis, IN, USA 2 weeks ago. The conference theme this year was intersection of learning analytics research, theory and practice.
The Poster & Demo Session of the conference took place on March 26th, 2014, and KMi's Duygu was one of the demo presenters with "Visual Analytics of Academic...
WWW Gangnam style!
KMi-ers Harith Alani, Carlos Pedrinaci and Alexander Mikroyannidis are in Seoul for the 23rd World Wide Web conference. This year, the WWW conference is hosted in the prestigious COEX hub in Korea's Gangnam district. So far, it has featured a panel of renowned internet experts, including Tim Berners-Lee, discussing the challenges and opportunities of the previous 25 years and the...
Discourse-Centric Learning Analytics Workshop, LAK14 Indianapolis
KMi and IET combined forces to run the 2nd International Workshop on Discourse-Centric Analytics (DCLA14), as part of the LAK14 international learning analytics conference. Following the successful DCLA13 workshop, DCLA has now become a recognised class of analytics, at the intersection of several different disciplines, represented by the participants.
Co-authoring with MIT's Mark Klein,...
KMi @ Big Data in Education, NSF Workshop
In Washington DC, George Mason University convened a workshop on Big Data in Education, sponsored by the National Science Foundation,the Academy of Finland, and the Finnish Embassy. It brought together an eclectic group from education, computing and several who shared their experiences of how massive data is transforming their fields.
The challenge laid down as as follows:
How might we,...
KMi asked to feedback on the new HEFCE policy, which requires UK research outputs to be Open Access
A new policy stating that research outputs submitted to post-2014 REF should be Open Access has been announced on Monday, March 31st accompanied with a circular letter to all UK Vice-Chancellors and Principals (see the link below). The policy requires all journal and conference publications with a UK HEI author to be deposited in an institutional or subject repository on acceptance for...
Data-driven approach to visualise EPSRCs research landscape
KMi professor Stefan Rueger was invited to an EPSRC network-of-networks meeting on 27 March 2014 in his role as coordinator of the Multimedia Knowledge Management research network to help map out the research challenges within EPSRC's network portfolio.
One interesting aspect of this workshop was that it did not involve the conventional jotting down of challenges on post-it notes followed...
National Women's Month at KMi
As National Women’s month comes to a close we’re reflecting on a couple of our successful women at KMi.
Among other projects, both women are involved in engaging and empowering the public through their research. While Ale inspires students with science and helps to provide young people with scientific literacy, Anna helps to inform citizens about policy decisions and opens the eyes...
The robots are coming
Studies show that industries such as manufacturing and production are undergoing significant transformation - as low and medium skilled jobs are increasingly 'computerised' and robots become more and more present on the shop floor.
KMi is developing together with project partner VTT an augmented reality learning app that helps blue collar workers up-skill on-the-job. The first prototype...
The financial sustainability of CORE sought as part of a global package of key Open Access services
A study commissioned by the Knowledge Exchange (see the link below), a Danish Agency for Culture supported by a a number of international funders, worked to identify Open Access services across the world that are key to the future of scholarly communication. The aim was to analyse the financial challenges these services face and create a shared strategy that would guarantee their sustainability....
Forge wins Best Poster at the Athens Future Internet Assembly
A good week in the office. Of course it helps if your ‘office’ for a week is a short walk from the Parthenon and you are contributing to the buzz surrounding the Future Internet Assembly (FIA): over 750 attendees incorporating the leaders of over 150 European projects worth more than half a billion Euros. The event was opened by Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European...
Environmental and Corporate Sustainability Award for MK Council
MK:Smart was on Milton Keynes Council’s winning team at the inaugural Milton Keynes Business Achievement Awards held on 20 March at stadiummk. KMi’s Jane Whild joined MK Council’s Geoff Snelson and Sarah Gonsalves to collect the Environmental and Corporate Sustainability Award from the host, BBC Breakfast presenter, Bill Turnbull. The Open University’s Pro Vice...
KMi goes to Saint Petersburg to discuss the future of Open Data in Education
What can the open and linked data movements bring to education?
This was the question explored at the Open Data in Education Seminar held in St Petersburg, Russia, earlier last week. The event, co-organised by Dmitry Mouromtsev from University ITMO and KMi's Mathieu d'Aquin (representing the LinkedUp project and the LinkedUniversities.org portal), included contributions from John...
KMi in the top ORO charts
KMi is once again in the top charts of the Open Research Online (ORO), the Open University's repository of research publications and other research outputs. A book chapter by Ale Okada, Alexander Mikroyannidis, Izabel Meister and Suzanne Little is in the top 10 most downloaded publications for February 2014.
The chapter is entitled "Colearning" - Collaborative...
LinkedUp Y1 rated 'excellent'
The LinkedUp project first-year outcomes were met with outstanding acclaim from the European Commission review that's just in.
LinkedUp is an EU FP7 support action that promotes the adoption, spread and exploitation of Linked Open Data for the benefit of organisations and institutions in the educational domain, and then some. A key partner in the LinkedUp consortium, the KMi has the lead...
KMi's Simon Knight wins Computing and Philosophy Award
Congratulations to PhD student Simon Knight, who has just won the International Association for Computing and Philosophy (IACAP)/Carnegie Mellon, Brian Michael Goldberg Memorial Award for graduate research in the areas of computing and philosophy.
Simon is particularly interested in the role of social epistemology in understanding information seeking, and collaborative knowledge construction...
Active Engagement in Science is on!
An engaging kick-off meeting of the ENGAGE project took place in KMi, OU – UK on February 24-27th. Funded by the European Commission, 14 partner institutions will collaborate throughout the next 3 years for “Equipping the Next Generation for Active Engagement in Science”.
This project is part of the EU Science in society...
CORE exhibits at the Learn About Fair
CORE participated in the annual Learn About Fair at the OU, that took place on 26 February 2014.
The CORE team had the chance to present CORE vision to a wide range of visitors including PhD students, associate lecturers, developers and other academic staff. During the fair CORE had the opportunity to demonstrate CORE applications, including the CORE portal search and the...
OU Analyse at the Learn About Fair
OU Analyse participated at the Learn About Fair, which focused on educational technologies used for learning and teaching and relevant research. The fair took place at The Open University on the 26 February.
The project team demonstrated new machine-learning based methods for identifying early on students at risk of failing. A list of ‘at risk’ students is communicated weekly to...
Computational Creativity and Image Aesthetics Research
KMi professor Stefan Rueger was invited to the First Annual Contact forum on Computational Creativity, 21-23 Feb 2014, to give a talk on his perspective on this area. Computational Creativity studies how to get software to behave in such a way that a human would consider the output to be a creative work. This encompasses computers writing poems, inventing jokes, using analogy, producing artwork,...
OU earns gold and bronze at Stride IoT Hackathon
Two teams of OU researchers, from KMi and MCT, took part in the Stride hackathon last week, and came back with first and third prize.
The Stride (Smart Transport Internet of Things Data Ecosystem) project combines the expertise of BT, Ctrl-Shift, Dartt, AIMES, and the University of Cambridge to provide a critical mass of transport data, including historical and real-time...
COMPOSEing Things in London
Last week KMi hosted a plenary meeting of the COMPOSE project in London. COMPOSE is a three year, € 7.4 M collaborative research project funded by the EU to devise an integrated platform for better supporting the development of smart applications and services for the Internet of Things.
COMPOSE will achieve this through the provisioning of an open and scalable marketplace...
COLLECTIVE AWARENESS PLAFTORMS FOR SOCIAL INNOVATION: Catalyst and DecarboNET join forces to the first CAPS Concentration Meeting in Brussels!
KMi’s Anna De Liddo and Miriam Fernandez present Catalyst and DecarboNet to the EC in Brussels, in occasion of the first meeting of CAPS projects.
CAPS is the ICT10 topic Collective Awareness Platforms for Sustainability and Social Innovation, that was part of the FP7 programme in the last call and that will be followed on in the Horizon 2020 Call2 that will open in June...
CATALYSTs interactive workshop at the Open University
On January 28-30th KMi hosted the second CATALYST consortium meeting.
Catalyst aims to develop collective intelligence tools and services for online communities to support social innovation processes. Specifically, the project goal is to improve online deliberation processes with powerful analytics and visualizations.
Catalyst is now entering his first semester and it already produced...
KMi runs MOOC Analytics Workshop for Future Learning Academic Network
Last week I ran the first MOOC Analytics workshop for the Future Learning Academic Network (FLAN), the research network around the OU's FutureLearn MOOC platform. Participants from universities across the UK, plus remote participants from New Zealand and Australia, joined a very stimulating event, hosted at the state of the art Digital Humanities Hub, European Research Institute at Birmingham...
MK:Smart - on track for supporting the future of Milton Keynes
The inaugural plenary meeting of the MK:Smart project was hosted at The Open University on the 22 January. All partners were involved in a project update that outlined the progress since the grant award. The design of the data hub is nearing completion and the initial installation is on target. The demonstrator work packages in Energy, Water and Transport continue to develop their propositions...
Minister of State introduced to MK:Smart
Greg Clark was appointed Minister of State (Cities and Constitution) in October 2013. As part of a visit to The Open University he spent some time with MK:Smart Project Director, Professor Enrico Motta who, supported by Milton Keynes Council Director of Strategy, Geoff Snelson and University of Bedfordshire's Emeritus Professor, David Barrett, was delighted to outline the vision of the...
Two new interactive iBooks produced by KMi
The Open University has published two new interactive iBooks produced by KMi. The iBooks are available to download for free from Apple’s iBook Store. They showcase the latest research outputs of the European projects EUCLID and ROLE, offering interactive learning materials for Linked Data and Self Regulated Learning respectively. In more detail, the topics covered by the two iBooks are the...
A robust finale to ROBUST
ROBUST glided through its third and final year review in Luxembourg on December 12. The reviewers highlighted the numerous and successful outcomes of this project with more than 100 publications including top conferences and journals, several best-paper awards, concrete developments towards the commercial exploitation of the produced technologies (led by the industrial partners; IBM, SAP,...
MK:SMART mentioned at despatch box
During Prime Minister’s Questions on 15th January, Prime Minister David Cameron congratulated the Open University on the MK:SMART initiative and Milton Keynes for its representation on the Smart Cities Forum.
MK:SMART is a £16m multi partner project led by Professor Enrico Motta of KMi which is a critical part in a range of initiatives that combine to secure growth in Milton...
The secretary of Digital Inclusion of Brazil Government and the president of Open Education Consortium in KMi
Ligia Puppato, the Secretary of Digital Inclusion of Brazil Government visited the Open University to get a clear picture of the future of Knowledge Media Technologies particularly applied to open education and smart cities. She also participated in the webinar held in KMi podium to launch the 3rd edition of the book “Open Education Resources and Social Networks” with...
Listening Experience Database launches
The Listening Experience Database (LED), a crowd-sourced collection of documented evidence of listening to music, went public this week.
LED is a collaboration between the Open Univerity and the Royal College of Music aimed at producing the world's first database that captures the impact of music on the lives of people. Though the LED site has been online and publicly accessible since mid...
CORE becomes the official UK Open Access Aggregator after winning a Jisc-commissioned tender
In June 2013, Jisc invited in a closed tender selected teams to bid for the UK National Open Access aggregator. The wide set of requirements included high coverage of UK institutional repositories, the ability to harvest and process data from different repository systems and the availability of a single harmonized API to data stored across UK repositories. The key factors for judging the...
Prof Beth Plale on the work at Hathi Trust Research Center, Big data, Aggregations and Text Mining
On December 12th, Prof. Beth Plale, co-director and chair of the HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC) and Indiana University visited KMi.
HTRC is a collaborative research center launched jointly by Indiana University and the University of Illinois, along with the HathiTrust Digital Library, to help meet the technical challenges of dealing with massive amounts of digital text that researchers face...
CORE hosted the national UKCoRR meeting
On December 3rd 2013, the members’ meeting of The United Kingdom Council of Research Repositories (UKCoRR), which is recognised as the main network of professionals supporting the uptake of Open Access in the UK, was hosted by the Knowledge Media Institute. The meeting was visited by about 50 delegates from a wide range of organisations including universities, libraries,...
KMi @ 1st MOOC Research Conference
I recently joined several hundred researchers and practitioners in Arlington, TX, for the inaugural research conference on MOOCs. I joined an invitational pre-conference workshop, and spoke at a conference panel on "Certifying MOOCs", highlighting the role that learning analytics may play in assessing deeper learning at scale.
The MOOC Research Initiative (MRI), funded by the Bill...
Special Issue: Cloud Education Environments
Alexander Mikroyannidis is the guest editor of the special issue on Cloud Education Environments published by the Journal of Universal Computer Science (JUCS). Together with Rocael Hernandez Rizzardini, Hans-Christian Schmitz, Carlos Delgado Kloos and Lee Chao, they have compiled a selection of publications, showcasing theoretical frameworks and practical applications in the emerging topic...
SMART meets FUTURE in Glasgow
Professor Enrico Motta, Project Director of MK:SMART led a delegation of project partners to an informal exchange of ideas with the Glasgow Future Cities Initiative this week. After some interesting updates on the progress, opportunities and challenges faced by the Glasgow initiative and an introduction to the scope of the MK:SMART project, the conversation centred on city wide integration and...
Milton Keynes celebrates the start of something SMART
KMi’s Professor Enrico Motta is the Project Director of MK:SMART, a 3 year, £16m HEFCE-funded project that will from Jan 2014 develop innovative ways of supporting the significant forecast growth in Milton Keynes.
Central to the Open University-led project is the creation of a state-of-the-art ‘MK Data Hub’ which will curate vast amounts of data from specially...
Simon Knight joins Wikimedia UK Board
KMi PhD student Simon Knight was recently appointed to the Wikimedia UK (WMUK) board of trustees as a replacement trustee to serve until the next AGM. WMUK is the UK chapter of Wikimedia which organises Wikimedia activities (including Wikipedia editathons for example) in the UK. He recently attended his first board meeting in Edinburgh where he took on the board liaison to the education...
Best Paper, Keynote and the OER Social networks launch
…. The best paper award of the III LUSO Brazilian Conference on Distance Education and eLearning goes to ...
Alexandra Okada, Antonio Serra, Silvar Ribeiro and Sonia Pinto, authors of “ Key Competences for co-learning and co-inquiry in the Digital Age”
This paper presents an exploratory investigation in development with preliminary results on "Key Competences...
KMi goes Down Under .. to attend the 12th International Semantic Web Conference
The end of October witnessed a small flood of KMi researchers, who travelled to the world down under to attend the 12th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC 2013), which was held in Sydney, Australia, Oct 21st-25th. The International Semantic Web Conference is held annually, and is regarded as the flagship event in the semantic web area. ISWC 2013 was no exception and attracted more than...
And the winners are
Ilaria Tiddi, Fridolin Wild and Dasha were announced the top KMi contributors to the internal Energy Awareness initiative which was done under the auspice of DecarboNet project, in collaboration with the Evidence Hub.
The winners were the top contributors of knowledge and ideas about energy consumption and behaviour change, which they debated and shared via the ISAVE Evidence Hub. These...
Multimedia Information Retrieval world tour ends on a high note
Today's tutorial on Multimedia Information Retrieval at Search Solutions 2013 held at BCS's headquarters in London was the last in a series of tutorials by KMi professor Stefan Rueger. He started the series at the end of 2009 based on the first stages of his text book with the same title that was finally published in 2010. ''I always wanted to write up a useful book on research...
A high profile Massive Open Event on 21st Century Education
The 7th International Conference on Education (from April 2012 - November 2013) organised by Fundación Telefónica, is the 1st Massive Open Event on 21st Century Education. It brings together symposiums in many countries as well as a virtual network environment (Encuentro.Educared.org) for large scale discussion.
Ale Okada was a keynote at the finale...
The CARRE project (Personalized patient empowerment and shared decision support for CARdioREnal disease and comorbidities) kicked off last week. The CARRE consortium consists of 6 partners experienced in health and associated technologies, semantics, data visualisation and decision support. The meeting was hosted by the Democritus University of Thrace in Alexandroupolis in Greece. KMi was...
US/EU Future Internet Workshop in Leuven
The middle of October saw key invited experts from the US and Europe gather in Leuven to discuss the issues and design principles associated with the next generation global communications infrastructure. The meeting was hosted by the EU’s Future Internet Research and Experimentation (FIRE) Unit and was composed of EU Commission representatives, researchers leading strategic EU projects and...
UNESCO - the World Science Day for Peace and Development
Established by UNESCO in 2001, World Science Day for Peace and Development is celebrated worldwide on 10 November each year. The Day is an occasion to recall UNESCO's mandate and commitment to science. This annual event was instigated as follow-up to the World Conference on Science, organized jointly by UNESCO and the International Council on Science in Budapest (Hungary) in 1999.
Lights Energy tree Action!
How can we raise awareness and engagement in energy consumption? How can we support people to learn about their consumption levels and patterns? What strategies help to change energy consumption behaviour? And in what contexts are they mostly efficient?
These questions were the focus of two ISave workshops which were held in KMi on November 5th and 8th. These workshops...
EPSRC project launch: Visualizing the 2015 Prime Ministerial TV Debates
During the 2010 UK general election, the first ever televised Prime Ministerial debates took place. KMi pilot research demonstrated the potential of mapping the debates as visual diagrams. In 2015 the next election is expected, providing the opportunity to investigate how knowledge media can deliver completely new ways to replay the debates and engage with the arguments at stake.
Funded by the...
A successful first review for weSPOT
The weSPOT project had last week its first annual review in Luxembourg. Alexander Mikroyannidis represented the KMi team, which consists of him, Alexandra Okada and Peter Scott. The review was succesful, with the first year project outcomes being accepted by the Commission.
The project focuses on inquiry-based learning with a theoretically sound and technology supported personal inquiry...
CATALYST Project's kick off meeting in Nice!
On October 22 The Catalyst project kicked off!
CATALYST is a FP7 project that will run form October 2013 to September 2015.
Aim of the project is developing "Collective Applied InTelligence
and AnaLYtics for Social InnovaTion".
The project will address the problem of public deliberation in complex socio-technical debates.
Public deliberation is often poorly supported by social...
'Designing for change' hits the first 100.000
The 2008 article of KMi's Fridolin Wild about personal learning environments has reached the first 100,000 hits on the European Commission portal 'Open Education Europe'.
The article not only phrases critique about the - then - status quo of instructional design theories, but also proposes a fundamentally new approach of mash-up personal learning...
DecarboNet is on!
On October 8-10th, KMi hosted the kick off meeting of the new DecarboNet project, which is a three year, €2M project funded by the EU to study behaviour change towards energy consumption.
The premise of the project is that the lack of collective awareness negatively impacts perceived personal efficacy, which hampers efforts to address societal problems. DecarboNet is a...
Society of the Query: Talk on Search in Assessment
Second year PhD student Simon Knight is currently at the 2nd Society of the Query conference in Amsterdam at which he will give an invited talk on the epistemic implications of search engines in education. The conference is organised by the Institute of Network Cultures and builds on their wider work which takes social science, humanities, and arts perspectives on digital networks such as search...
Data for a Creative Economy Meeting with the South Korean Prime Minister
Data in various guises is a big topic right now. Specifically, Open, Linked and Big Data are seen as drivers for economic growth, platforms for research and enablers social good (for example facilitating transparency in government). Generally, data technologies are seen as a key technology by many of the world’s top economies.
Aligned with the above the Korean Prime Minister, Park...
Complexity and Pedagogy: Shanghai invitational workshop
I have just spent an extraordinary week in Shanghai in an intensive workshop designed by complex systems people, for complex systems people, to reimagine educational systems (research and practice) as complex adaptive systems. I was feeding into future scenarios a complex systems perspective on current developments in learning analytics and collective intelligence technologies.
The event was...
FORGE has kicked-off!
Last week saw the kick-off meeting of the FORGE project (Forging Online Education through FIRE). FORGE is a 3-year FP7 project led by KMi. The consortium consists of 7 partners highly experienced in eLearning and FIRE (Future Internet Research & Experimentation). The meeting was hosted by the University of Patras in Greece. John Domingue, Alexander Mikroyannidis and Aneta Tumilowicz...
Designing Systemic Analytics at the Open University
The OU's Pro-Vice-Chancellor Learning & Teaching, Prof. Belinda Tynan, gave a joint webinar today with KMi's Simon Buckingham Shum (Prof. Learning Informatics) on Designing Systemic Analytics at the Open University.
This formed part of the online open course Strategy & Policy for Systemic Learning Analytics, organised by the Society for Learning Analytics Research (SoLAR)....
Learning Analytics at INSIGHT Centre for Data Analytics, Galway
Last week in Galway, I introduced the recently created Irish INSIGHT Centre for Data Analytics to analytics developments as they are playing out in the education sector...
Thanks Stefan Decker and everyone else for an enjoyable visit and stimulating conversations :-)
insight-centre-galway-learning-analytics from Simon Buckingham Shum
Data and analytics are transforming...
Keynote at the IEEE International Conference on eBusiness Engineering ICEBE
The middle of September saw Coventry host the 10th ICEBE Conference which focuses on eBusiness. Specifically, the event covers how new IT areas, for example, the Internet of Things and Cloud Computing will impact how business is conducted.
In his Keynote John Domingue talked about the work carried out in KMi on Linked Services. Specifically covering the results of the SOA4All project and...
CompendiumDS wins Scottish eAssessment Award for Best Product
Our job in KMi is to prototype the future of the learning society, typically from external research grants which are only awarded to investigate a ground-breaking challenge. We then engage the OU with these inventions when they are ready for adoption, so it's always a pleasure when those technologies then help OU courses win awards.
The Compendium software tool was our research vehicle to...
Social and Big Data Computing Keynote
Opening Keynote of the International Knowledge Management in Organizations Conference was KMi Director, Professor Peter Scott. This event, which was the 8th in the series was held in Kaohsiung, Taiwan on 9th -13th September, 2013. This year the conference used as its theme: Social and Big Data Computing for Knowledge Management.
Professor Scott spoke on the theme of...
Third ESWC Summer School a Great Success
Last week saw the third ESWC Summer School take place in the south of Crete in the beautiful village of Kalamaki. This event is tightly coupled with the ESWC Conference Series and as with the conference runs under the auspices of STI International the network organization focused in the area of semantics. As such the School aims to facilitate the creation of a new cohort of ESWC: Master's,...
Knowledge Cartography: The top 10 of the most downloaded books of the Advanced Information and Knowledge Processing Series.
The book Knowledge Cartography: Software Tools and Mapping Techniques. edited by Okada, A., Buckingham Shum, S. and Sherborne, T. was launched on 4th of November 2008 - 400 pages, with all the maps and images in colour!
It is a great pleasure to announce that the 2nd edition of this book will be published in 2014 by Springer .
Since its online publication, there...
Learning Analytics keynote to EAIR, Rotterdam
I've just returned from the European AIR (Association for Institutional Research) Forum. EAIR is the primary forum for research into the dynamics of the higher education sector and its management, and they invited me to share what’s going on in learning analytics.
My keynote introduced the data explosion around 'customer' interaction and profiling which has transformed so...
Keynote at Challenges 2013 International Conference on ICT in Education
Learning anytime anywhere was the key theme of the VIII International Conference on ICT in Education – Challenges 2013, which was held in July 2013 in Portugal.
Organised by the ICT in Education Competence Centre of the University of Minho Institute of Education, the conference covered a plural range issues, structured in three main...
Russian State Owned News Agency Reports on STI 'East meets West' Russian Summit
The middle of July saw STI International hold it’s bi-annual Strategic Semantic Summit an event which allows senior Semantic Web researchers to meet and discuss the future of semantic technology in the medium to long-term. This year’s event was held in Suzdal - a beautiful Russian town dating back to the 11th century and part of the famous Golden Ring north-east of...
Dispositional Learning Analytics workshop
Dispositions towards learning, especially when stretched and challenged by novel problems, are now being recognised as key to the design of 21st century learning. This forces us to consider how these may be cultivated and assessed, making Dispositional Learning Analytics a critical emerging field. I've just put up the videos from our recent Stanford University workshop which brought together...
KMi's Evidence Hub powering School Systems Learning network
At KMi we've been developing a new kind of website, based on years of research into the human and technical factors underpinning computer-supported argumentation, rationale capture and collective intelligence. An Evidence Hub is a structured site designed to harness what is known collectively, from a small team to a global network.
The goal is to connect the different kinds of knowledge...
Personal Learning Environments for Inquiry-Based Learning
Alexander Mikroyannidis presented KMi's latest work on Personal Learning Environments (PLEs) for Inquiry-Based Learning last week at the PLE conference in Berlin. The event was well attended and was broadcasted live. The PLE conference is an annual international scientific conference delivering a space for researchers and practitioners to exchange ideas, experiences and research around the...
CORE among the top 10 search engines for research that go beyond Google
Using search engines effectively is now a key skill for researchers, but could more be done to equip young researchers with the tools they need? Here, Dr Neil Jacobs and Rachel Bruce from JISC’s digital infrastructure team shared their top ten resources for researchers from across the web. CORE was placed among the top 10 search engines that go beyond Google.
Get the free e-Book: Advances in Technology Enhanced Learning
Jumping straight into the top-ten 'computing and internet' free resources on Apple's book store comes KMi's e-Book for iPads on 'Advances in Technology Enhanced Learning'. Produced by Peter Scott, Paul Lefrere, and Fridolin Wild this free book highlights the most recent breakthroughs in research on learning with technology, from the background of two networks of...
Learning by doing, fusion reactor, smoke sauna
What connects all three above? Right, a project meeting of the TELL-ME project last week in Tampere, Finland.
TELL-ME brings learning technology to manufacturing environments. In a nutshell, the overall top-level idea of TELL-ME is to support 'learning by doing', a super hot combination of augmented reality technology and learning from shared experience. This new generation of tactile,...
Euclid Officially Rated Excellent
“I have been reviewing European projects for over ten years and this is the first time I give an ‘Excellent’ rating… Congratulations! I am impressed! I also think that you are very good educators as well as researchers.”
“The project is well developed and has made excellent progress.”
Were the first comments from...
Digital Agenda Assembly 2013
KMi Director, Professor Peter Scott joined he EU Digital Agenda Assembly 2013 this week in Dublin Castle, Dublin, Ireland. The event is a meeting of EU policy makers and stakeholders aiming to review plans for the Digital Agenda for Europe - to assess the progress and challenges in implementation of the plan and seek ways to improve its delivery.
The main challenge this year was...
Keynote at the Dagstuhl Seminar on Interoperation in Complex Information Ecosystems
Today saw the end of the Dagstuhl Seminar on Interoperation in Complex Information Ecosystems. These seminars are prestigious events held at the Dagstuhl Castle in Germany which have to be booked two years in advance. The events last between three days to one week and cover new or emerging topics in Computer Science. Generally, the organisers will bring together the most prominent scientists in a...
Learning Analytics Summer Institute - Stanford and Global Online
In July 1-5, the world's leading Learning Analytics people gather at Stanford University, connected to a global network, for a field-defining week. I've been on the planning team for a year — here's how to join in...
Learning Analytics as both a research topic and emerging marketplace has recently garnered the attention of faculty, educational researchers and...
Wikimedia UK Conference - Mediawiki for OER and Learning Analytics
PhD student Simon Knight was in Lincoln this weekend talking about Mediawiki for OER and Learning Analtics and the 2013 Wikimedia UK conference and AGM. In addition to the AGM function, the conference is a chance to catch up with what Wikimedia UK are helping organise with the Wikimedia community in the UK including their work with Galleries Libraries Archives and Museums (GLAM),...
The ESWC 2013 conference, themed on "Semantics and Big Data", took place on May 26-30 in Montpellier, France, with important contributions from KMi. Professor Enrico Motta was invited as a keynote speaker and he opened the conference with a reflection of what being semantic really means. He presented Rexplore as an example of a KMi application that exploits semantics to...
Joint European Summer School on Technology Enhanced Learning
... that was co-organised by KMi was as a huge success! Taking place in sunny Limassol on Cyprus, this 9th summer school attracted almost 80 participants, with lectures given by a line up of the creme de la creme of European TEL research.
KMi opened this intense week of PhD training with a keynote on the Grand Challenges in Technology-Enhanced Learning, offered a tutorial on how to do Learning...
The Shakespeare Review
KMi's John Domingue joined a team of experts in February 2013 to contribute to an independent review of public sector information, The Shakespeare Review, which has now been published, was led by Stephan Shakespeare, Chair of the Data Strategy Board – a body set up by BIS. The Review makes nine recommendations to government around the growth opportunities of, and how to...
Today, as part of the "Future Fridays" series of webinars for The European Commission's Futurium initiative, Professor Peter Scott, Director of the Open University's Knowledge Media Institute, presented his vision of the Future of Education & Learning.
The live Webinar was hosted under the Digital Agenda for Europe events aimed to discuss policy innovation with...
The visit of HRH The Duke of York to The Open University
Today Thursday 23rd May, His Royal Highness Andrew, The Duke of York visited the Open University. His Royal Highness was met by Martin Bean, the Open University Vice-Chancellor and Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher, Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Buckinghamshire. The Duke met with a range of eminent guests and friends of the Open University an unveiled a plaque in the JLB Nexus area to...
KMi tutors at Goethe University Frankfurt
KMi's Fridolin Wild tutored doctoral candidates at the Goethe University Frankfurt on how to do natural language processing with the famous statistical programming language and environment R.
The doctoral school at the Institute of Business Informatics engages under the lad of Prof. Roland Holten in analysing social interaction in software development processes - in order to improve agile...
Presentation of KMi Research at the University of Bergen
Following a kind invitation from Prof Bjørnar Tessem and Prof Csaba Veres, I spent three excellent days at the Department of Information Science and Media Studies of the University of Bergen in Norway. During my time in Bergen I gave two lectures. The first one focused on my work on the Rexplore tool for exploring and making sense of scholarly data, while the second one centred on...
Online Learning and Linked Data at WWW 2013
KMi organised a tutorial about Online Learning and Linked Data on May 13 at the World Wide Web conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The tutorial was a joint event between the EUCLID and LinkedUp projects and was delivered by John Domingue and Alexander Mikroyannidis from KMi and Stefan Dietze from L3S Research Center, Germany on behalf of Mathieu d’Aquin (KMi).
The tutorial focused on...
Pushing the envelope with Learning Frontiers
KMi’s work on the Future of Learning with Technology was commended by the European Commission at the TEL-map project’s final performance review last week in the Euroforum in Luxembourg.
The work lead by KMi highlights the key high-impact innovations in learning with technology, helping to extend Europe’s capacity to innovate and helping to increase its standing as one...
KMi delivers the 2nd International Workshop on Cloud Education Environments
The 2nd annual International Workshop on Cloud Education Environments (WCLOUD 2013) took place on May 7 in Aachen, Germany. The event was organised and delivered by Alexander Mikroyannidis (KMi), Hans-Christian Schmitz (Institut für Deutsche Sprache, Germany) and Rocael Hernandez (Galileo University, Guatemala). This year, WCLOUD was a shared event between the 5th International Conference on...
Strong OU Representation at LAK13, Leuven
Last week a group of KMI and OU colleagues attended the 3rd International Conference on Learning Analytics and Knowledge (LAK13) in Leuven, Belgium.
The conference theme this year was 'Dialectics in Learning Analytics' with three core facets:
The Middle Space - in which learning, and analytics intersect
Productive Multivocality - encouraging communities to come together...
weSPOT meets in Leuven
The weSPOT project held its first General Assembly in Leuven, Belgium last week. The meeting took place in conjunction with the International Learning Analytics & Knowledge Conference (LAK 2013). weSPOT is a 3-year FP7 project, which started last October. The project aims at propagating scientific inquiry as the approach for science learning and teaching in combination with today's...
CORE selected one of the Top 100 Thesis Dissertation References on the Web
CORE has been placed among the Top 100 Thesis & Dissertation References on the Web by OnlinePhDProgram.org. The list has been published yesterday. Online Ph.D. Program.org is dedicated to helping future doctoral candidates find the right program that meets their needs, desires, and goals. The site offers helpful blog posts, articles, and a wealth of other information that can answer questions...
iLearning for the iGeneration @ IAT Tech Conference, UAE
KMi Director, Professor Peter Scott spoke today to the Technological Education Conference (IAT TEC 2013) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. This event attracted more than 1000 educators not only from the UAE but also from different parts of the globe including the US, UK and GCC countries. For the first time since its launch in 2010, IAT TEC was moderated and organized by Emirati students...
Stefan Rueger visits Moscow for ECIR
Stefan Rueger of KMi was invited on behalf of BCS Information Retrieval Specialist Group to visit the European Conference on Information Retrieval Research in March 2013 in his role as Programme co-chair and mentor in the conference's doctoral consortium.
ECIR is a strong going conference series under the umbrella of BCS and is now in its 35th year, the same length of time as its...
Marcbucks Celebration for KMi's Oldest and Newest Professors
Emeritus Professor Marc Eisenstadt and Professor of Learning Informatics Simon Buckingham Shum joined together to 'clink coffee mugs' at the opening of our new Marcbucks Coffee area by the KMi Podium, today.
Emeritus Professor Eisenstadt returned to KMi today to cut the ribbon on the space we have created in his name next to the well known Stadium Podium webcast venue here in the lab....
KMi wins final ROLE award at successful closing review
The final review of the ROLE project took place this week in Luxembourg, and the KMi team led by Dr Alexander Mikroyannidis - who were awarded the ROLE dissemination trophy 3 times in the past - were given the award by the consortium for the whole project!
The final review meeting was very successful, concluding a 4-year endeavour of 16 institutions into the world...
Europeana Cloud kicks off under clear skies to develop new infrastructure for its aggregators
A cloudless sky in the Hague, Netherlands saw on the 4th and 5th March the Europeana Cloud kick-off. The event was visited by about 70 delegates from the partner institutions and also by the chief of the responsible European Commission unit. One of the important tasks of the kick-off was to further discuss the infrastructure requirements that will be used to select and shape...
Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing CSCW 2013 - San Antonio, Texas
I recently returned from Texas, San Antonio where I was in attendance at the 16th ACM Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW) conference. While there I gave Two workshop papers:
W8: Collaborative Information Seeking: Tracking Epistemic Beliefs and Sensemaking in Collaborative Information Retrieval, Knight, Buckingham Shum and Littleton (2013)
W10: CSCW and education:...
KMi achieves excellent results in NTCIR-10 evaluation competition
The KMI team consisting of Petr Knoth, Drahomira Herrmannova and Zdenek Zdrahal achieves in the NTCIR-10 CrossLink evaluation competition according to the organisers overall best results in the English to Chinese, Japanese and Korean (English to CJK) task and is the top (steadily among the three best and mostly second best) performer in the CJK to English task. Ten...
KMi hands Compendium over to its community
With KMi's support, Compendium's user and developer community have self-organised to take its future software development forward.
The OU's Knowledge Media Institute (KMi) and Verizon co-founded the Compendium Institute, and in 2002 KMi became the software development hub, releasing Compendium as a freely distributed application, funded by external research grants, and...
Workplace Learning Evidence Hub for OU in Scotland
I was recently in Edinburgh where I ran a hands-on workshop for the OU in Scotland team led by Ronald Macintyre, who have a project fnuded by the Scottish Government on how Scottish higher education institutions are engaged with workplace learning.
The OUiS team will be co-designing an Evidence Hub to help them map the state of the art, but instead of a traditional website or report, the...
CORE at the World Summit on the Information Society review organised by UNESCO
The first multi-stakeholder review of the achievements of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS+10) entitled "Towards Knowledge Societies for Peace and Sustainable Development” was hosted by UNESCO in Paris from 25 to 27 February 2013. The event attracted about 1000 participants from around the world; about 1500 additional people participated on-line. Zdenek Zdrahal was...
Keynote at Future Classrooms 2013, Northern Ireland
Future Classrooms 2013 was held in Belfast 'Titanic Centre' on March 1st 2013. Professor Peter Scott from KMi gave a keynote talk on "What advice has tertiary education to offer to us teachers?" presenting some of the experience of new technologies in mobile and ubiquitous learning from the OU perspective.
The conference was Northern Ireland’s first major event designed...
Congratulations Professor Buckingham Shum
Today, Simon Buckingham Shum was awarded a Chair in the Knowledge Media Institute of the Open University. As Professor of Learning Informatics Simon will bring a Knowledge Media perspective to understanding the explosion in digital data that is having a transformative impact on business, government and data-intensive academic fields. Learning Informatics places the...
Linked Data at the Basis of Academic Community Understanding and Management
Vivo (http://vivoweb.org/) is a platform for universities and academic institutions in general to manage and share their research outputs, communities and network. It is also one of the growing number of systems and tools that employ the principles and technology of linked data in an academic context. KMi's Mathieu d'Aquin was invited in January to go present in a workshop organised by...
KMi Researchers fight adverse weather to bring Contested Collective Intelligence Tools at XEROX Research Centre Europe!
On the 10-12 of February 2013, Simon Buckingham Shum and Anna De Liddo were invited from Xerox Research Centre Europe (XRCE) to present KMi’s cutting edge technologies on Contested Collective Intelligence.
In the talk Simon and Anna described the theory and technologies for Contested Collective Intelligence.
Contested Collective Intelligence (CCI) is a distinctive subset...
Taking it outdoors: The OpenScience Lab to develop a Networked Field System with the Field Studies Council
As part of the OU's OpenScience Lab, Trevor Collins and Chris Valentine have started a new collaboration with the Field Studies Council (FSC) to produce a portable web server and network to support outdoor learning.
Trevor and Chris had their first meeting at the Preston Montford Field Studies Centre on Tuesday (February 6th) with Sam Rudd (Curriculum Development Manager, FSC), James...
22,000 Downloads for Future Internet Book
We have just been informed by Springer that our book: The Future Internet: Achievements and Technological Promises, published in 2011, has now had over 22,000 chapter downloads. The book, whose chief editor is John Domingue, covers the main technical areas related to the Future Internet, a European initiative which brings together over 150 projects under Challenge 1 with a combined budget of over...
KMi to Play a Key Role in Shaping the New Cloud-based Europeana Research Platform
The eCloud (Europeana Cloud: Unlocking Europe's Research via The Cloud) project is about to start on the 1st of February 2013. Europeana Cloud is a €4 million project coordinated by the Europeana Foundation, designed to establish a cloud-based system for Europeana and its aggregators. In Europeana Cloud will be new content, new metadata, a new distributed storage system, new tools and...
Milton Keynes City Council adopts ParkJam to Ease Car Parking Stress
Yesterday Milton Keynes Council began promoting KMi's mobile app ParkJam. This free app lets drivers check parking availability from any Android phone. The app uses Linked Data technology to integrate information about parking availability from multiple sources including the electronic billboard signage system which runs in Milton Keynes city centre, and from drivers themselves who can report...
The 2nd International Workshop on Cloud Education Environments
Building on the success of the 1st International Workshop on Cloud Education Environments (WCLOUD 2012) which took place in Antigua, Guatemala, WCLOUD 2013 will take place in Aachen, Germany on May 6-8. The workshop is a shared event between the 5th International Conference on Computer Supported Education (CSEDU) and the 3rd International Conference on Cloud Computing and Services Science...
KMi to build the official UK Open Access Repository Registry
KMi together with University of Nottingham (CRC) and CottageLabs have been awarded a grant in the JISC Digital Infrastructure Programme to build a UK Open Access Repository Registry. KMi was invited to participate in this closed call directly by JISC based on our work in the CORE project. It has already been decided that the resulting software will become an essential component of UK...
Peter Whalley Tributes
It is with great sadness we pass on the news that Dr Peter Whalley, who recently retired from KMi due to ill-health, died on Tuesday 8 January 2013 in Willen Hospice.
Peter joined the OU in 1976, initially working in the Institute of Educational Technology. He joined the Knowledge Media Institute at its formation in 1995, where he was a 'creative visionary' in the new media...
ROBUST Second Year Review
ROBUST passed its second year review with flying colours last December in Luxembourg. ROBUST is a €7M year project involving several leading academic institutes as well as businesses such as IBM and SAP.
Two of the main highlights of the review were prototypes produced by IBM and SAP, that integrate several ROBUST technologies to support the management of their online communities.
The Valencia, Spain base of the furniture company AIDIMA, at their Instituto Tecnológico del Mueble, Madera, Embalaje y Afines was host to the third general meeting of the TELLME consortium this week. KMi Director, Prof. Peter Scott, joined the meeting to progress our work on this Collaborative project of the ICT Work Programme under the European Commission 7 Framework...
UNESCO Policy Brief: Learning Analytics
UNESCO's Institute for Information Technologies in Education publishes Policy Briefs with recommendations for senior decision makers. KMi has provided the latest briefing, on Learning Analytics.
Summary: Learning Analytics is a rapidly growing research field and commercial , with potentially disruptive potential. While educationalresearchers have for many years used computational...
Keynote: Our Learning Analytics are Our Pedagogy
Learning Analytics embody assessment regimes: which ones do we need for the future of learning? The replay from my keynote address to the Expanding Horizons 2020 conference at Macquarie University is now up.
I gave an overview of how the field is developing at macro, meso and micro scales, and then later on make a connection to the seminal work of the Assessment Reform Group on Assessment for...
Congratulations to Dr. Izabel Meister
Congratulations to Dr. Izabel Meister on a successful defence of her PhD in Brazil. She achieved the highest score on the evaluation! Izabel was a KMi visiting student for a year under the co-supervision of Dr. Ale Okada here. She also participated in the KMi group of the European Project - OpenScout. Her research programme was a partnership with KMi's the Centre of New Media...
FuturICT FET Flagship: open access special issue
KMi is part of the FuturICT FET Flagship project submission, to develop a science of global, socially interactive systems. An open access journal special issue marks the scientific agenda that this 10 year project has mapped out...
The European FET Flagships competition has the following mission:
FET Flagships are ambitious large-scale, science-driven, research initiatives...
LinkedUp has been launched!
Funded by the EU in the FP7 programme, the LinkedUp project will advance the adoption of open Web data, in particular for education, in particular through:
The LinkedUp Challenge: which will identify, support and promote highly innovative applications and technologies which exploit open Web data
Curated datasets: LinkedUp will catalog and curate open Web data to make it accessible...
SoLAR Storm: distributed lab for Learning Analytics PhDs
As the field of Learning Analytics develops, there is an urgent need to equip a new generation of educational researchers and data scientists. SoLAR Storm is an online research lab to connect PhD students and supervisors globally.
A widely cited report by McKinsey Global Institute identifies a huge global skills gap: people who can combine deep analytical skills to make sense of big...
Learning Analytics Summer Institute, Stanford
We've just announced what should be a field-defining event for Learning Analytics: a summer institute bringing together 100 participants at Stanford University in July 2013, with satellite Institutes running globally.
Learning Analytics as both a research topic and emerging marketplace has recently garnered the attention of faculty, educational researchers and administrators, policy...
COMPOSE project kicked off in Barcelona
Last week saw the kick-off meeting in Barcelona for COMPOSE, a €7 million, 3 year research project supported by the European Union.
The COMPOSE project aims at enabling new services that can seamlessly integrate real and virtual worlds through the convergence of the Internet of Services with the Internet of Things. COMPOSE will achieve this through the provisioning of an open and scalable...
Taking Education to the Cloud!
The 1st International Workshop on Cloud Education Environments (WCLOUD 2012) took place in Antigua, Guatemala on November 15-16. The event was organised by Rocael Hernandez Rizzardini (Galileo University, Guatemala), Hans-Christian Schmitz (Fraunhofer FIT, Germany), and Alexander Mikroyannidis (The Open University, UK). It was attended by approximately 50 participants.
On the first day, 14...
KMi sponsors the 4th ROLE Widget Enchantment Contest
The ROLE Widget Enchantment Contests have been an open invitation to people (educators, learners, developers, etc) that are interested in developing and using widgets for learning purposes. The ROLE project has run 4 such contests, supporting the participants in realising their widget ideas with the use of the ROLE Software Development Kit (SDK).
The 4th contest was a particularly successful...
KMi's research into game-changing web solutions featured at top International Web Conference
KMi’s work featured strongly in the research track at the International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC 2012) held in Boston, USA, last week, where our members presented 4 of the 40 papers. This is the premier international forum for the Semantic Web / Linked Data Community where scientists, industry specialists, and practitioners meet annually to discuss the future of practical,...
The Online Learning Debate: Guardian Event
The latest Guardian Sponsored online learning debate on "pedagogy, technology and opening up higher education", featured KMi Director - Prof Peter Scott and IET Director - Prof Josie Taylor discussing MOOCs and online learning with a number of eminent participants including Sir John Daniel (a past OU Vice Chancellor).
The Sponsored Q&A session was run as a live text chat on...
First UK Flare for Society for Learning Analytics Research
On Monday the UK's first SoLAR (Society for Learning Analytics Research) Flare was held at the OU's Jennie Lee building, jointly organised by colleagues in KMi and IET, and JISC CETIS. The Flare was an opportunity for a diverse set of stakeholders to meet up, discuss current activity in learning analytics research and practice, probe some areas of interest in breakout sessions, and...
Learn how you can benefit from the ROLE project
The ROLE project has released a new video, outlining its scope and outcomes. Several project partners, among them Peter Scott and Alexander Mikroyannidis, talk about their experiences in the project. The achievements of ROLE are explained, as well as how one can benefit from them.
A lot of the filming for this video was done at the Open University campus and KMi. You may not instantly...
The Open University receives 759k from EU for learning technologies
The Open University's Knowledge Media Institute (KMi) has been awarded two grants of €408,000 (£323k) and €351,000 (£285k) from the European Commission for two projects which build bridges between innovation and education, both in the classroom and in the manufacturing workplace.
The grants are specifically for its Technology Enhanced Learning Livinglab for...
Keynote at Galileo University
Alexander Mikroyannidis (The Open University) and Hans-Christian Schmitz (Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology) delivered a joint keynote talk on November 13 at Galileo University in Guatemala City. The talk initiated the 4th e-Learning Integral conference organised by the Research and Development Department GES of Galileo University. The e-Learning Integral conference is an...
Strong KMi presence at EKAW 2012
The International Conference on Knowledge Engineering and Knowledge Management (EKAW) is a key event in Europe for the research communities in areas such as ontology engineering, the semantic web, knowledge discovery, knowledge acquisition, etc. KMi has a long history of contributions to the conference and, again this year, KMi had a strong presence.
Enrico Motta presented the...
Big Educational Data Science
I was at Stanford University recently as a member of the Big Educational Data Science affinity group, charged with roadmapping the field of Learning Analytics.
Convened by Prof. Roy Pea, and funded by the Gates Foundation and MacArthur Foundation, this group comprises a great mix of academics, education entrepreneurs, dot-coms, data science experts and technologists.
A series of...