It took me a little while to get back into the swing of normal work after my trip to Washington. Not a huge amount got done in the first week back. This week just gone was better. I think that was partly jetlag, partly a cold weather winter slump (it hasn’t helped that the heating at home is broken). I’ve also been following my many former colleagues who are on strike in an effort to maintain their pensions. I wish them all the best.
I did some reviewing for PressEd, “A WordPress and Education, Pedagogy and Research Conference on Twitter”. I really appreciated the option for “include if space”, even though I knew there wouldn’t be space, because there were a huge number of really interesting presentations offered and suggesting that some were rejected due to lack of quality would not have done them justice. PessEd is happening on Twitter, on March 28th, follow @PressEdConf for more details. I know it will be good.
I spoke with Doug Belshaw about Project MoodleNet. There’s a lot in Doug’s thinking that aligns really well with where I would like to go next with ideas that came from projects around UKOER, Core Material, the Learning Registry, kritikos. It’s about discovering, curating and sharing resources and ideas, but through social interactions, not repositories.
EOCred Schema, the project for describing Educational and Occupational Credentials in schema.org continues to progress. Soon I think we will be at the point where we can plan the mopping up of what it left, that is we’re nearing the beginning of the end. I expected this phase to last until about Easter, so that’s on target.
I finally fixed a problem with deja-dup / duplicity backup which had been failing with an error message about a GPGError. Turns out it was due to some corrupt, zero-length gpg files in the backup destination folder. Deleted these and backups started working again.
I’ve been learning how to do option settings for WordPress plugins so that my wikidata-powered custom taxonomies can be more flexible / less hard coded.
Cetis has a new project starting on the digital campus of the future; and it looks like we might actually get our new website going next week.