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...