Data, Data Everywhere - open, linked, interoperable

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    The focus of standards development in the domain of information technology for learning, education, and training (ITLET) has shifted considerably since it first gained global attention in the 1990s. While the field has benefited from and endured disruption it has achieved sufficient buy-in from stakeholders for its core aim: interoperability of systems and learning content. This has been achieved in the midst of a range of diverse trends with regards to technological innovation, pedagogical practice, political imperatives, and socio-cultural sensibility. Among these trends has been the ‘open agenda’ – a movement with deep roots that has hitherto been focused upon access, intellectual property, benefit to the public domain, data sharing, and technical interoperability. Openness has generally been perceived as beneficial for the common good – although events in recent years provide potent evidence that it can be politically divisive when confidential information is leaked and governments legislate that their intelligence agencies have access to sufficient data to keep us safe. What implications does this have for ITLET? Apart from new capabilities the proliferation of data now associated with digital technology innovation brings with it a key development: data that has traditionally been distinct from a learning resource is fast becoming a learning resource in itself as ‘learning analytics’ is deployed. With new capabilities of e-learning systems there is a new imperative is emerging: systems governance. Many of the issues associated with learning analytics – privacy, ownership, ethical, and business related – can all be understood as facets of governance. So, for the standards communities engaged in ITLET, interoperability must also be considered through the lens of governance. How can this be achieved? It is proposed in this short paper that in order to properly scope what is required that questioning be embraced in a rigorous and strategic manner.
    Making sense of the emergent patterns of order and disorder in all this change is what we are compelled to do – but, are we asking the right questions about information technology standards when we do this? Is it fair to assume that systems interoperability is necessarily the primary goal for ITLET? Is systems governance just a policy issue? What do we need to consider in the development and deployment of data standards? What needs to be considered in the development of open protocols?
    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages7
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2015
    EventInitiatives 2015 - Standards for Digital Learning Resources: publishing, referencing, delivery, tracking - Mont-Saint-Aignan France
    Duration: 26 Jun 201526 Jun 2015


    ConferenceInitiatives 2015 - Standards for Digital Learning Resources: publishing, referencing, delivery, tracking


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