I’ve just enjoyed watching Blaise Aguera y Arcas’ TED talk on Bing’s augmented-reality maps, the kind of application it’s hard not to be very impressed by and access to could mean I get no useful work done ever again. I was particularly impressed by the way it brought together related data from different sources in a way that didn’t leave you feeling overwhelmed with information. (It also made me want to visit Seattle again.)
A reply to my message on Twitter from @deburca pointed to his blog post on Pivot, which looks similarly impressive in its way of enabling you to take large amount of data and make sense of it all.
Seeing the talk on Bing reminded me of the last highly impactive technology TED talk I saw on SixthSense, and I’m convinced that we could have all this if you could just create the semantic web for me. Please? You’re such a clever bunch, I know you can do it. I’d be very grateful and wouldn’t ask for anything else ever again.
I was asked to speak about OER in general and our OER project Skills for Scientists at our event celebrating the last ten years and looking forward to the future…
Having, by chance, a number of our project partners present at the event kept me to the facts of the project; no idealising the benefits of OER without mentioning the time and effort it can take to produce them.
Again, by chance, one of our partners Nick Greeves was speaking about ChemTube3D which is one of the OER that will be released through Skills for Scientists and provided a great example of what will be on offer.
And I noticed on the final slide of another partner’s talk a Creative Commons licence graphic, and on questioning I found that this licencing was done as a consequence of having been involved in Skills for Scientists.
I hoped to raise awareness of OER, as well as our project, and also to inspire the audience to become involved, either creating OER, using them or both. Members of the community displaying their OER and embracing the idea of openess does more than I could ever do with a talk.