Lessons Learnt from LinkedUp

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Presentation given at MAC-ETeL 2014 - Education, Teaching and E-learning Conference in Prague, Czech republic. Thursday - Friday, October 16-17, 2014


  • 1. Lessons learnt from LinkedUp Linking Web data for Education Marieke Guy Marieke.guy@okfn.org MAC-Etel Conference, Prague, October 16-17, 2014
  • 2. LinkedUp Linking web data for education EU-funded project November 2012 October 2014 Aim: forward the exploitation and adoption of public, open data available on the Web by educational organisations and institutions Project partners: Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universitt (Germany), the Open University (UK), Open Knowledge, (UK), Elsevier (US), the Open Universiteit (Netherlands), Lattanzio Learning Spa (Italy). Open education data data related to or used for education http://linkedup-project.eu
  • 3. LinkedUp http://linkedup-project.eu http://linkedup-challenge.org
  • 4. What are out Outputs? What is our impact?
  • 5. LinkedUp Challenge Three consecutive competitions: Veni, Vidi, Vici Looking for interesting and innovative tools and applications that analyse and/or integrate open web data for educational purposes Aimed at anyone from researchers and students, to developers and businesses From innovative prototypes and tools through to large-scale deployable systems Creating set of open web data success stories
  • 6. Call > Development period > Submission date > Evaluation > Shortlist > Deliberation > Awards
  • 7. LinkedUp Challenge Winners success stories Veni winner: Polimedia, a tool that improves the analyses of radio and newspaper coverage of political debates in Holland Vidi open track winner: TuvaLabs, a tool which supports improvement of data literacy skills Vidi focused track winner: Electronic Discharge Letter (eDL) mobile app) Vici winners will be announced at the International Semantic Web Conference 2014 next week
  • 8. LinkedUp Catalog Web datasets relevant to educational applications Catalogue of Web datasets relevant to educational applications Provided according to the standard of the Web of Data (Linked Data) Example data sets: bibliographic, geospacial, administrative, learning analytics, event related, TED talks Also available on Datahub Linked Education cloud Supported by LinkedUp Devtalk blog
  • 9. http://data.linkededucation.org/linkedup/catalog/
  • 10. Evaluation Framework For evaluation of open Web data applications Consists of predefined evaluation procedures and benchmarking criteria Used in LinkedUp Challenge Requirements include: interdisciplinary coverage, integration of high-quality web data, integration with local data, context and filtering, scalability and performance and multilingualism. Reviewed after each stage of the challenge resulting in a useful tool
  • 11. LAK Challenge/Dataset Web datasets relevant to educational applications Linked Data (including full text) of all publications and journals in the Learning Analytics and Educational Data Mining communities LAK Data Challenge - annual competition Asks What do analytics on learning analytics tell us? Interactive LAK Data workshop collocated with the LAK Conference
  • 12. Open Education Working Group People, projects and initiatives Brings together people and groups interested in open education Wants to initiate cross-sector, cross-domain, global activity that encompasses the various facets of open education Active mailing list and Twitter feed, activities are co-ordinated through bimonthly working group calls Includes open data in education, open educational content, open learning and teaching practices and open accreditation. Activities include events, co-ordination of projects, handbook, initiatives
  • 13. W3C Group Open Linked Education community Focus point for the community to collect, capture and adopt practices Brings together existing initiatives and practices currently employed to sharing education-related data on the web Includes vocabularies and best practices. The LinkedUp consortium will lead the community group from Summer 2014.
  • 14. Open Education Handbook Collaboratively written living web document Targets educational practitioners and the education community at large Introduction to various open education topics including open education data, open education resources, learning and teaching practice, open source tools and open accreditation Online version and open ebook format that can be viewed online or printed
  • 15. LinkedUp Toolbox Support tool for competition organisers For open data competition organisers Can be applied by those organising academic or industry competitions Has six sections each containing resources: Competition framework; Evaluation framework; Guidance schedule; Data; Promotion methodology; Legal and IPR. The resources are available in formats including video, text, mindmaps, tables, decision trees and Q&A
  • 16. Coming to an end With results that will live on LinkedUp has: Enabled the building of a multi-faceted, global community around open data in education Promoted a clearer understanding of the potential of open data in education Shared a unified project message: that we want to see open and linked data available in the education space and see it useful and used