Category Archives: Occasional Papers

“From Modernisation to Capabilities: Changing Views of ICTs in the Development Process” Talk at the Development Informatics Department, University of Manchester by Richard Heeks on Monday 19th February 2007 – write up by Paul Catherall

“From Modernisation to Capabilities: Changing Views of ICTs in the Development Process” Talk at the Development Informatics Department, University of Manchester by Richard Heeks on Monday 19th February 2007

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Conference Follow-up: Ruth Rikowski and Anneliese Dodds at GLOBALISATION, LIBRARIES, INFORMATION AND EDUCATION, a Career Development Group Wales and Information for Social Change event, Swansea University, 02/12/05 by Paul Catherall

Ruth Rikowski and Anneliese Dodds at GLOBALISATION, LIBRARIES, INFORMATION AND EDUCATION, a Career Development Group Wales and Information for Social Change event, Swansea University, 02/12/05. (more…)

Two Cheers for Inclusion

John Pateman’s article ‘Two Cheers for Inclusion’ has been published in the 20th anniversary edition of the Public Library Journal (Vol. 21, No.4, 1986-2006). In this article John looks back at all the articles which he has written for PLJ over the past 20 years. Some common themes emerge – social class, internationalism and social exclusion. John concludes that, while there has been some progress with regard to public libraries tackling social exclusion, he can still only give them ‘Two Cheers for Inclusion’.

Blackboard Sues Rival Provider of Course-Management Software, Alleging Patent Infringement

The e-learning scene is currently reeling from recent legal action taken by e-learning software company and market leader, Blackboard on its competitor, Desire2Learn. Blackboard has been awarded a patent on around 50 features of e-learning which are apparently unique to the Blakboard system, some commentators beleive this will undermine the development of new learning systems and threaten popular open source systems such as Moodle which offer an alternative to commercial systems such as Blackboard. Read Full Article.