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Pinterest is a content sharing service that allows members to “pin” images, videos and other objects to their pinboard. It is a way to help people to organise their information and share with others. 


TNS: The Science Network

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The mission of The Science Network (TSN) is to build an online science and society agora, or public square, dedicated to the discussion of issues at the intersection of science and social policy. By engaging a diverse community of concerned constituencies in conversation, on and offline through signature meetings, video programming, and in developing partnerships with public television stations, TSN is creating a scientific no-spin zone – a trusted destination free from the tyranny of the sound bite.

Be careful when sharing becomes easier

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I saw this video about social networking and online privacy from an event of the Plymouth University. It shows people what they should put online and what they need to be aware of.  Have a look at “EFF’s Top 12 Ways to Protect Your Online Privacy” written by Stanton McCandlish in 2002 and “Fact Sheet 18: Online Privacy: Using the Internet Safely” from Privacy Rights Clearinghouse.

Then I found “EPIC Online Guide to Practical Privacy Tools” provided by Electronic Privacy Information Center. Will try some tools on the list, especially the Disk Encryption.

This video was made by Viewbix, a tool which supports videos hosted on YouTube, Facebook and Vimeo. It’s free and easy to use. It seems much better than LinkedTube which is a Flash widget that adds link and sharing options to YouTube videos.


Learning in social networks


The Peer 2 Peer University (P2PU) is a grassroots open education project that organizes learning outside of institutional walls and gives learners recognition for their achievements.

OpenStudy is a social learning network where students ask questions, give help, and connect with other students studying the same things. Our mission is to make the world one large study group, regardless of school, location, or background.

HippoCampus is a project of the Monterey Institute for Technology and Education (MITE). The goal of HippoCampus is to provide high-quality, multimedia content on general education subjects to high school and college students free of charge.


Crowdsourcing: is it something new?

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I came across two conferences:

Crowdsourcing” is a new term for me although it’s been defined in 2006 by Jeff Howe. However, is it something new? Is it different from open communities? With my little curious, I found: Jeff Howe’s presentation, What is Crowdsourcing video and Crowdscourcing 1-5 by microengagement.

The key ideas behind are:

  • open call
  • undefined
  • sharing
  • participation
  • online communities


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Vodpod is a community that allow you to create your own video channels, to collect the best music videos, funny videos, politics and video clips from around the web and shre it on blog, Facebook and Twitter.

e-portfolio and social networking systems

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Elgg is an award-winning open source social networking engine that provides a robust framework on which to build all kinds of social environments, from a campus wide social network for your university, school or college or an internal collaborative platform for your organization through to a brand-building communications tool for your company and its clients.

Mahara is an open source e-portfolio system with a flexible display framework. It has weblog, resume builder and social networking system and social networking system, connecting users and creating online learner communities.

OneFile ePortfolio is an easy-to-use online assessment solution that can be used for vocational qualifications such as QCF, NVQ, SVQ, BTEC, 14-19 Diploma, ITQ, Functional Skills and technical certificates – just about everybody engaged in work-based learning or delivering vocational qualifications.

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