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November 27, 2007


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Podcasting in universities is going mainstream, it would seem. Berkeley are leading an initiative called OpenCast

A community centered around open, scalable, and sustainable podcast/webcast solutions and best practices for higher education.

What this actually entails seems to be that Berkeley are developing podcasting software, or at least trying to find ways to glue together existing systems such as Apple’s Podcast Producer and e-learning frameworks such as Sakai. However they also note that they don’t intend to end up with a system which has dependencies on Sakia, and so whatever they make should therefore be capable of being integrated with other VLEs and systems.

There are lots of US universities listed as being partner institutions, but only three UK ones: Oxford and Cambridge, unsurprisingly, and more interestingly, Leeds Met. I wonder whether this is something we’d be interested in joining (though it’s not absolutely clear what “joining” entails or entitles you to) or whether our own work with Wowza/FMS as a back end and SiteBuilder as a delivery platform is sufficiently advanced that we wouldn’t be able to take meaningful advantage of OpenCast anyway.

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