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Re: Open educational resources/practices meets software version control (Git)

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Martin Hawksey <[log in to unmask]>

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Open Educational Resources <[log in to unmask]>

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Mon, 2 Apr 2012 15:24:46 +0100

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Keeping the gateway to product and process is probably the way to go and using SWORD v2 would mean you could push and update resources from a development environment to something else relatively easy.

This link may have already been circulated, but the openstaxcollege.org project is publishing ebooks/textbooks and related material under CC-BY and if you don't like the books you can create our own versions http://diigo.com/0pci6 using the Connexions site. 

Personally I don't like to forced into tool X to edit, my preference would to be to copy the source document, edit offline and republish something that is at the heart of Git.

Hmmmm

Martin

-----Original Message-----
From: Open Educational Resources [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Amber THOMAS
Sent: 02 April 2012 13:42
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: Open educational resources/practices meets software version control (Git)

I've been thinking a lot about what we can learn from open source world.

I think one of them is that open source separate out where the software plays/runs for end users, and where the software is exchanged between developers. Sourceforge, github, openstack are for developers. It provides them with the reusable code and tools for orchestrating that code. 
All that is hidden to the general end user.

I can't help wondering if trying to meet the needs of educators-seeking-reusable-materials in the same platform as people-seeking-learning is bound to confuse most people and frustrate open practitioners.

Perhaps we should go for an OER Version approach (see end of http://infteam.jiscinvolve.org/wp/2010/12/10/rethinking-the-o-in-oer/ )

Put content that is CC licenced in the places where the public are Let it mix freely with other sorts of open content: research papers, music, images, Wikipedia.
But as well as cc licence, add an OER logo (could even be the blue hands one recently launched) Clicking that logo takes you to the OER version on the providers website or specialist OER platform - editable flash file, the downloadable mp3, the MS office word processed / slides ...

i.e like "you can get this on sourceforge" but without having to lead end users to an unfamiliar and intimidating specialist environment

that way we could separate out advocacy to educators to reuse from advocacy of free open remixable content

the threshold for OER can stay high, but without slowing the supply of less deliberately educational-reuse-focussed openly licensed content.


hmmmm.


Amber


Amber Thomas
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-----Original Message-----
From: Open Educational Resources [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Pat Lockley
Sent: 02 April 2012 11:37
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: Open educational resources/practices meets software version control (Git)

Here is one

https://github.com/ehec-outbreak-crowdsourced

Which provides for the quite REF like contributions graph

https://github.com/ehec-outbreak-crowdsourced/BGI-data-analysis/graphs/impact

On Mon, Apr 2, 2012 at 11:22 AM, Martin Hawksey <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> If you are doing any community based software development you've 
> probably heard of Git for those that haven't it's basically a 
> tool/method for creating and sharing different versions of code.
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>
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> I've come across a couple of examples recently where Git is being used 
> outside of software development, sharing files instead of code, mainly 
> around art projects. I've also found a new syllabus sharing service 
> based on Git called ClassConnect. Still an emerging area but might be 
> worth considering if you are thinking about alternative models for repositories.
>
>
>
> Links and more information here
> http://mashe.hawksey.info/2012/03/do-you-git-it-open-educational-resou
> rcespractices-meets-software-version-control/
> (check out the comments for extra links to things).
>
>
>
> If you have any questions about this get in touch.
>
>
>
> Martin
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> Martin Hawksey
> JISC CETIS
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> e: [log in to unmask]
> w: http://jisc.cetis.ac.uk
> t: 0141 5483072
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