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Digital Economy All-Hands Meeting

The conference began on Tuesday evening at Newcastle University’s Culture Lab with an opening reception and technical demonstrations. The following morning John Baird began proceedings with a welcome talk which focused on work conducted under the Digital Economy theme. He began this talk by making a comparison between the aims of the Digital Economy and the philosophy of Steve Jobs, who he quoted as saying: "technology alone is not enough ... Continue reading →

DE Lunch

This event focused on DE industrial activity and collaboration. There were three speakers: Howard Scott spoke about a new mobile business venture and digital marketing Roksana Moore (Law) provided an overview of the type of IP issues that we may face as part of academic research; copyright (journal rights), contractual issues, patents , confidential information and the public domain, open research and alternatives to IPR copyleft and open source. Continue reading →

Digital by Default (The Barbican, London)

Technology has a central role to play in the reform of the public sector, offering more innovative and individualised services. Digital by Default: a revolution in public service delivery will provide essential information on how public sector organisations can deliver efficient, cost-effective public services that are responsive to the needs of citizens and businesses. Continue reading →

The Future of Technology in Education #FOTE11

Key takeaways for me from a great day at Future of Technology in Education (#FOTE11) at the University of London yesterday: There was angst from the IT department as the ever increasing consumerisation of technology challenges creaking university systems and a too prevalent culture of ‘computer says no’. It is more productive for staff and students to collaborate and operate outside the system using free online tools (Google docs, Dropbox and Skype do the job perfectly well for me). Continue reading →