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Events Newsflash May 2010

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Learning Forum London — ePortfolio 2010, Internet of Subjects Forum, IoS Workshop Lisbon, SE@M 2010 Call for proposals, ASPECT Webinars


 Events Newsflash May 2010





Facebook vs Ning: what future for social networking?

Learning Forum London 5-7 July 2010 programme

Internet of Subjects Forum London, 5 July 2010

IoS Developers' Workshop Lisbon 13-15 July 2010

Partner Events

SE@M 2010, Barcelona 27-28 September, call for papers

ASPECT Webinars


Facebook vs Ning: what future for social networking?




A recent collision of events provides an opportunity to reflect on the issue of personal data (and free things): the end of Ning free service and the new approach to personal data management by Facebook.

The end of Ning free service raised many negative comments, some believing that everything should be free ("I run an RP group here on Ning and I think it is very unfair that you will not offer free services anymore."), others express their fears that all the investment they have put into Ning will just disappear ("I have a comunity with 2400 members, I started on January 2009…190.089 Visits….2.278.856 page views… many countrys [sic]…that I can not remember…"). What most commentators missed is that the source of their problem is not the supposed "greed" of the Ning team ("Sad day to see social media capitalize on greed") but structural: the poor control, by Ning members, of their personal data. Any proper control of personal data should include the ability to export and share with the service providers of your choice the data you choose. And better control of personal data by users of services, far from being a threat to service providers, is an opportunity for more and better services to be associated with our personal data.

Facebook, which remains free, has chosen another model where individuals will now have greater control over their personal data. In a recent post, Ethan Beard, Director of Platform Marketing at Facebook, provided an interesting insight on the new Facebook policy regarding personal data access management:

"Earlier today we introduced the new Graph API to help you more easily access data from Facebook. To improve the Facebook Platform experience for developers and users, this data is now backed by a simpler data policy and a unified data permissions dialog for users. These changes reflect two core beliefs: first, user data belongs to the user; they should have transparency and control over it. And second, you should be able to build relationships with your users; we should not be in the way. We hope these improvements will foster more trust and engagement for our platform and the applications and websites using it."

While Facebook remains simultaneously a service provider and host of personal data, it is clear that the vision and the architecture are evolving in such a way that one could imagine the possiblity of seeing a split on Facebook between different business units, one focused on personal data hosting, others focused on providing a number of services to the clients of the first one. Such an architecture, based on the outcomes of the TAS3 project, will be explored during the first IoS developer's workshop, Lisbon 13-15 May 2010. We believe that this architecture will provide the foundations of a proper personal learning environment (PLE), not just a rechristened and glorified version of an old learning management system (LMS), but a place for the growth and expression of our identities.

Of course, other scenarios are possible, and we would be delighted to explore them with you during Learning Forum London (5-7 July 2010) and Internet of Subjects Forum (London 5 July 2010).

We look forward to building with you the Internet of our futures.

The EIfEL Team


Learning Forum London 2010 —ePortfolio for all!

London 5-7 July 2010

   Learning Forum London



This year's programme will start Monday 5 July with a workshop delivered by Helen Barrett: Your Digital Self: Web 2.0 as Personal Learning Environment and E-Portfolio. A parallel session will address the Interoperability challenge, looking at how different platforms and tools can provide a seamless learning environment. Simultaneously, an open space conference will address the issue of the Internet of Subjects.

Day two and three of the event will provide a special track on ePortfolio and healthcare education, as well as a number of presentations exploring education, employability, continuing professional development, assessment and accreditation, etc. Pr. Harry Owen, Flinders University, Australia, will provide a keynote address on Facing the challenges of the 21st century healthcare education, while Trent Batson, from the Association for Authentic, Experiential and Evidence-Based Learning (AAEEBL) will address the future of ePortfolio.

For a view of the actual programme:


If you would like to submit a contribution, this is still possible. All the information for submitting is accessible at:


Internet of Subjects London —Personal data is ours!

London 5 July 2010

  Internet of Subjects Forum London


Monday 5 July, the Learning Forum London welcomes the Internet of Subjects Foundation. During one day, an open space conference will provide participants with an opportunity to discuss the issues related to making the Internet a place where individuals, not just objects and organisations, can exist and establish trustworthy relationships.

Sampo Kellomaki,  chief architect of Symlabs, will deliver a keynote to present his vision of an Internet where individuals are in full control of their personal data.

This is an open space conference, so participants are welcome to submit any contribution and organise their own sessions. In order contribute, participants are invited to submit an abstract via the conference management tool: 

When submitting, please use The Internet of Subjects as track as well as topic.

There are many conferences on the Internet of Objects, this is the only one dedicated entirely to the Internet of Subjects.

The conference is sponsored by the TAS3 partnership


IoS Developers' workshop Lisbon 13-15 July


Internet of Subjects Workshop Lisbon













The IoS team is pleased to invite you to join us for the first IoS Developers' Workshop, Lisbon 13-15 May 2010. During this workshop you will have the opportunity to learn how to connect your service or application to the IoS framework and measure the benefits of this framework over 'traditional' identity management  architectures


  • 13 May: introduction to the TAS3 architecture and the IoS federation —a series of highly interactive presentations, with demonstrations, to bring participants up to speed with the concepts, architecture components and integration methodology
  • 14-15 May: integration of services to the IoS federation —hands-on workshop where developers will have the opportunity to get experts' support to code the connection of their services to the IoS federation of  PODS hosting providers.

About the workshop

  • OrganisersSampo Kellomaki, IoS Chief architect, Symlabs, Marc van Coillie, EIfEL CTO
  • Public10 to 15 programmers or system developers
  • Prerequisitegood programming knowledge of the core of your own system, in particular databases, web services and I/O routines.
  • ResourcesPODS hosting provider (beta release), PODS detailled specifications, TAS3 technical documentation.
  • LocationAv. Almirante Reis 106, 4th Floor, Lisboa
  • Registration fee: 150€ to cover lunches and coffee breaks —to be paid after acceptance of participation. 
  • Registrationplease email with the following information:
    • name, organisation, responsibility
    • programming skills / languages / frameworks, etc.
    • name of the service/application you want to connect to the IoS federation
    • how familiar are you with the service/application you want to connect to the IoS federation?

More information:


Partner events



Registered organisations include:
Atlas de la Diversidad
ISG Arcus
JES & Co.
Massey University
Multimedia Design
Stockholm University
Turtle Rattle Learning
Univ. Plovdiv
Vivid Interactive

SE@M 2010 Call for Papers (deadline 15 June)

27-28 September, Barcelona

SE@M 2010, the 4th international workshop on Search and Exchange of e-le@rning Materials, Barcelona, 27-28 September 2010, aims at bringing together researchers and professionals working with learning resources —publishers of learning resources and technologies, managers of learning infrastructures and learning resource repositories, learning professionals and practitioners. The workshop is organised in coordination with EC-TEL 2010.

The call for papers is accessible at:

Important dates:

  • 15 June 2010: Paper Submission deadline
  • 30 July 2010: Notification of acceptance
  • 10 August 2010: Camera Ready Submission
  • 27-28 September 2010: Workshop

TOPICS OF INTEREST (see details in the call for papers)


Participation is 60€

Workshop venue: Hotel Catalonia Plaza, Barcelona, the same venue as EC-TEL 2010

ASPECT Webinars: making sense of learning technology standards

A series of webinars is proposed by the ASPECT partnership to promote the adoption of learning technology standards by publishers, authors, educational institutions. Although technical, these workshops are accessible to non-technical people as the objective is to understand the benefits of standards.

All webinars run at 12 am CET (11 am GMT), on the second and 4th Tuesday of each month. Duration is 1 hour, and participants can join 30 minutes in advance on the Elluminate Live! platform.

Next webinars:

  • 25 May 2010    Common Cartridge, by Warwick Bailey, Icodeon, UK    link
  • 8 Jun. 2010   Content Packaging, by Lars IngesmanUNI-C, Denmark    link

NB: links are active 30 minutes before the start of the webinar.

The complete programme of the webinars is accessible at:


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