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Learning Analytics for Epistemic Commitments in a Collaborative Information Seeking Environment

This report argues that information seeking – the searching, frequently conducted on search engines such as Google, in order to retrieve information for some needs – should be of interest to education. It further suggests that such interest should focus on information commitments, which are implicated in the ways that people find, and process, information. Building on literature researching collaboration in both education and information seeking research, I claim that Collaborative...read more

ID: kmi-13-04

Date: 2013

Author(s): Simon Knight

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Epistemic Networks for Epistemic Commitments

The ways in which people seek and process information are fundamentally epistemic in nature. Existing epistemic cognition research has tended towards characterizing this fundamental relationship as cognitive or belief-based in nature. This paper builds on recent calls for a shift towards activity-oriented perspectives on epistemic cognition and proposes a new theory of ‘epistemic commitments’. An additional contribution of this paper comes from an analytic approach to this recast construct of...read more

ID: kmi-13-03

Date: 2013

Author(s): Simon Knight, Golnaz Arastoopour, David Williamson Shaffer, Simon Buckingham Shum, Karen Littleton

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On the Privacy Implications of Releasing Consumer-Activity Data

There is growing awareness among web users that online organisations are collecting vast amounts of information about them and their activities. With this awareness is an implicit expectation that such data, generally called consumer data, should also be made accessible to the users themselves, and for their own benefit. Generally, it is considered not only fair that such data is not kept locked and out of user's reach, but also that it would lead to greater transparency and accountability of...read more

ID: kmi-13-02

Date: 2013

Author(s): Keerthi Thomas,Mathieu d'Aquin

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Ontology Users' Survey - Summary of Results

This report describes initial findings from the Ontology Users’ Survey conducted in early 2013. The next six sections follow the structure of the survey, providing information about the respondents; their ontologies; their ontology tools; the ontology languages and language features they use; the use of ontology patterns; and their final general comments. These responses were obtained by using a number of contacts and relevant mailing lists. The latter included: - ontolog-forum...read more

ID: kmi-13-01

Date: 2013

Author(s): Paul Warren

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The team at the OU runs the world's largest aggregator of research papers called CORE (core.ac.uk), with about 1.5 million monthly active users, and a set of projects promoting principles of Open Science, such as FOSTER (fosteropenscience.eu). CORE provides free access to millions of Open Access research papers as well as a number of information services for researchers, organisations and businesses. These include services enabling text & data mining, recommender systems, content management...

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The team at The Open University runs the world's largest aggregator of research papers called CORE (core.ac.uk), with about 1.5 million monthly active users, and a set of projects promoting principles of Open Science, such as FOSTER (fosteropenscience.eu). CORE provides free access to millions of Open Access research papers as well as a number of information services for researchers, organisations and businesses. These include services enabling text & data mining, recommender systems, content...

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The Knowledge Media Institute (KMi) is a distinct research unit within the Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) at the Open University. KMi is looking for a Research Assistant, a Research Associate or a Research Fellow to work on the IoC project - how blockchains can be used to store student accreditation and lifelong learning records in order to enhance employability. The Open University leads the IoC's first theme on university learning, which aims to...

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The Research and Innovation Software team develop software for a range of research projects and University courses. With this role we are looking for someone who can be a mobile applications developer for the team. This would involve both maintaining our existing set of mobile applications and undertaking the development of new mobile applications using the Unity development environment. You will also be required to extend your capabilities over time to include Augmented Reality (AR) and...

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The Knowledge Media Institute (KMi) is a distinct research unit within the Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) at the Open University. KMi is looking for a Research Assistant, a Research Associate or a Research Fellow to work on the IoC project - how we can adapt, deploy and mainstream our learning analytics tool across a number of educational establishments nationally. The Open University leads the IoC's first theme on university learning, which aims to...

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The Knowledge Media Institute (KMi) is looking for a Research Assistant or a Research Associate (depending on qualification), to work on EU funded project - Up2U. The project will be focusing on the context of secondary schools, often referred to as high schools, which provide secondary education between the ages of 11 and 19 depending on the country, after primary school and before higher education. The learning context from the perspective of the students is the intersection of formal...

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