The UNESCO OER Recommendation was approved by UNESCO member states on 28th May, by consensus. Its final step for approval will take place at the UNESCO General Assembly in November, 2019. X5GON partners had two representatives in the meeting (and in multiple side meetings) for the last two days, and we are pleased with the outcome. Creative Commons, the UNESCO OER Chairs, and many other IGOs and NGOs in the meeting were able to work with UNESCO members states to significantly edit some of the unhelpful definitions and improve other text in the document. The final text of the document will be now coordinated and translated by UNESCO and they will publish it prior to the November meeting.
The Slovenian Rectors’ Conference, a body entitled to represent universities and to protect their interests, was deliberating about Open Education and how to introduce new technologies supporting OER in the higher education system. X5GON was presented in the main dabate and showcased in a workshop for librarians to make an impact for university decision-makers or those in charge of preparing decisions.
X5GON was presented as one of the main platforms using Wikipedia as it base technology with the Wikifier at its core. The presentation followed Jan Gerlach, from the Wikimedia Foundation at the Slovenian Open Knowledge Day, organised to celebrate the establishment of Creative Commons Chapter Slovenia @Aksioma. The Slovenian community argues that Open knowledge is knowledge that one is free to use, reuse, and redistribute without legal, social or technological restrictions. Open Data and Open Content, Open Science and Open Education, Open Hardware and Software are all building blocks of Open Knowledge and consequently an open society.
Pošta Slovenije, in cooperation with the Jožef Stefan Institute, both partners in X5GON handed over part of new office spaces in Ljubljana to four high-tech startups. X5GON was showcased as a unique project connecting the two partners. According to the Post’s Director General Boris Novak, the company is innovating as well as researching in open education and using artificial intelligence, which is also part of the digital transformation of Pošta Slovenije which is in charge of the exploitation WP in X5GON.
X5GON is contributing to the upcoming report on the use of AI and frontier technologies for OER, together with UNESCO’s Communication and Information Sector. The report is an initial scoping study trying to understand how similar technologies to X5GON can be suited to further the development and expansion of OER in achieving United Nations SDG 4.
We presented the project to an international audience at this year’s Mobile Learning Week at UNESCO. For this purpose we organised a workshop titled Using AI and OER data – convergence among OER platforms offers unprecedented opportunities. The presentation was met with enthusiastic feedback and the basic structure of the platform we developed seems to appeal institutions to make sense of their OER materials and create organic growth outside their repositories.
We attended the Concertation meeting in Brussels, with the objective to bring together projects to discuss and share, to learn from each other and to find synergies and possibilities for future collaborations. This Concertation meeting is a follow up of the one of previous year’s , and this time we were extremely happy to meet and welcome also new participants form recently launched projects.
300+ international speakers and project presenters were at the 2018 edition of Online Educa Berlin. Our role was to present X5GON as one of a handful of projects where machine learning is being used with Open Educational Resources. The panel was titled Algorithms, Analytics, AI and Personalisation, with our presentation title “X5GON Project on AI and OER Building a Netflix for Open Education” showcasing European science.
The X5GON project held its third meeting in Nantes, France and boosted a pre-meting workshop on new technologies for OER and open education. It presented talks on blockchains, hybrid social networks, inclusion, evaluation, curricula alignment, end-to-end communication, interoperability, and was a great intorductionto our agenda.
We have attended the World Summit AI which is currently the world’s leading and most important summit for the entire AI ecosystem from Enterprise to Big Tech, Startups, Investorsand Science.
The event presented talks from our colleagues Yoshua Bengio who has a portfolio of talks on our case study VideoLectures.Net, applied solutions for enterprise, to mind-boggling innovation, to heated discussions on AI ethics and AI4good.
A major underlying component of the World Summit AI was education, however not directly addressed by anyone in the room, the sustainability of machine learning experts is not defined at this point – we suggest to tackle it in 2019 and beyond with OER.