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FLOSSE – Digital future report

Tuesday, March 15th, 2005

USC Annenberg School, Center for the digital future published their report about the future of Internet at the end of last year, September. The theme is “Ten years, ten trends”. The report highlights the Major Findings in Year Four of the Digital Future Project’s Study of the Impact of the Internet on Americans. The report scrutinizes the future in five subject areas and includes wide thematic topics where Center for the Digital Future identifies ten Major Trends Emerging in the Internet’s First Decade of Public Use.
The topics:

  • Internet users and non-users: Who is online? Who is not? What are users doing online?
  • Media use and trust
  • Consumer behaviour 
  • Communication patterns
  • Social effects

It’s interesting readings: not just the content but also the very different approach to the future. When Comenius 2.1 workshop used scenario building, this report is taking advantage of using surveys comprehensively and also divides the future building process into pieces of year-to-year data-processing. The amount of quantative results are of course impressive and interesting.
In comparison of these two future aspects (so com2.1 and digital future report) the most interesting detail I noticed is the common approach to affect the future decision-making… But, dependent by whom. icon wink FLOSSE   Digital future report . So, get familiar with the report and reflect the experiences what you’ve done in last days. I believe it’s worth of it.

The report can be found at:

More readable version of the future of FLOSSE results

Tuesday, March 15th, 2005

Due to public demand, here is a more easily accessible version of the result slides of our workshop about the future of FLOSSE.

Results of future of FLOSSE

Monday, March 14th, 2005


We are back from the joint conference of "Towards Open eEurope – Challenges for Teacher Education" and ESPs "Learning goes mobile". Our workshop had 12 participants from all around Europe: Belgium, Netherlands, Lithuania, Latvia, Slovenia, Finland, Germany, Poland, Portugal and Spain. The total amount of educational professionals in both conferences was around 200.

Half of our workshop was held in Vantaa at Palmenia continuity education centre and half at the 2800 passenger Silja Serenade ferry from Helsinki to Stockholm. Everything went very well, expect the organization at the ferry was lacking a bit. We didn’t have our conference room reserved and the timetables were always late, for example. I guess it would have been better to have two intensive days instead of four days with short sessions and long breaks in very diverse environments (Stockholm, Vantaa, Järvenpää, Helsinki, ferry etc). People had problems in adapting to changing situations.

The participants had to work as researchers of three future scenarios describing the world in year 2010 (see the attached PDF documents):

  • Learner Communities
  • Customized Learning
  • Collaboration

Both me and Timo thought that our workshop was a great success. The people gave breathtaking presentations of the work they did. The way all of them explained the logo and name of their team displayed expectional creativity and deep understanding of their topic. I would hire every one of them to design me a brand which has a meaning.

My impression was that the way they had to tackle very complex and new issues from various points of view related to FLOSS, emerging technologies and changes in teaching and learning resulted in major conceptual changes in the way they perceive the world. I hope they have been able to set a strategy for their organizations related to issues they had learned during the session.

I think my objective was fulfilled. I tried to help them understand FLOSS not only as freely available software pieces but as connected and related to major changes happening in our society, business and education as a whole. I and Timo also learned a lot from them. We heard very fresh ideas when they explained their understanding of things like Open Content and Connectivism. We will write more about these later.

One thing they noticed was that they are all very different people coming from very different cultures. Greatest opportunities emerge from understanding the differencies while building shared understanding. This is what we have to do more: connect ideas from different cultures to come up with something new. In that context Open Content and Open Source is very important. Free culture, if you will.
We recorded their presentations so that we could write something more detailed about their ideas, but for now here are some preliminary results:

The work with these great people will continue online in step 2 using tools like FLOSS weblogs and wikis. This will be about brainstorming EU project ideas related to ICT in education. Obviously, all project proposals will be connected to these three scenarios that were under development.

Some other things experienced during the ride:

  • The Polish women came up with new names for me and Timo: Timon and Pumba. Obviously I’m the clever Timon and Timo is Pumba icon wink Results of future of FLOSSE
  • A debate with a person from one of the largest publishers
    about Open Content. It’s interesting to see the differencies when the
    other party has a completely commercial mindset. I think that’s where
    you start to loose the fact that there are other values as well… and there is a major shift towards those other values in progress at the moment in our society. Citizen journalism is only one example. Maybe
    that’s exactly the thing that will hit the forehead of larger
    publishers in the next 5 years if they are not able to deal with the change (no, suing your own customers is not the right way)

Pre-reading for conference attendees

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2005

Comenius 2.1 Contact Seminar attendees: if you are able, please become familiar with the following material before the conference. Understanding some of the background and context we are working with is necessary for a better experience during the conference.

It is evident that social software (like wikis, weblogs, social networking tools etc) are going to affect the way software is used in education as well. Many of these tools are Open Source. The largest encyclopedia in the world, Wikipedia is a by-product of commons-based peer-production and released under an Open Content license.

Understanding the changes that are happening in the way people organize and connect together online through software tools is in part important for understanding the role of FLOSS and Open Content in a sharing economy.