I have just finished my second "teaching with Wikipedia" article. I'd
like to publish it in an established academic journal that, if possible,
supports open content. Unfortunately, I do not have much experience with
this sector of the journals (teaching/education/pedagogy journals), nor
with journal impact magic, and thus I'd very much appreciate your
suggestions where to publish. I have, of course, quickly Google'd few
open content teaching journals, but I admit, selfishly, that entering
the job market, I'd prefer my CV to include, if possible, higher-end
(In my sociology field, the most respected educational journal,
"Teaching Sociology", is, sadly, not open content...).
If anybody is interested in reading and commenting on my article in
question (tentatively titled "Wikis and Wikipedia as a Teaching Tool:
Five Years Later"), I have made it available on Google Docs (just let me
know and I'll send you a link, and enable commenting for your account).
PS. My old 2007 article (titled, unsurprisingly, "Wikis and Wikipedia as
a Teaching Tool") was published here:
I am still content with it for what it was in 2007, but by 2011, it is,
I'll be the first to admit it, rather obsolete.
Dept of Sociology
Uni of Pittsburgh
"To be defeated and not submit, is victory; to be victorious and rest on
one's laurels, is defeat." --Józef Pilsudski
Hi folks in the education & offline content communities,
as you probably know, Kiwix is an offline reader application for ZIM
files, which are compressed content packages of Wikipedia content for
offline use. ZIM content packages include the "Wikipedia for Schools"
selection, the "Wikipedia 0.8" edition, as well as any arbitrary
collection of Wikipedia articles through the "Create a book" feature
on Wikipedia. As such, they have relevance both for use of our content
without Internet connectivity, and use within an educational setting
where there may be a desire to use specific selections of content.
An important conversation happening on the Kiwix development list (see
email form Tomasz below): How should repositories/feeds of content
packages be advertised? This connects to larger/deeper questions about
the future direction of our offline efforts, possible inclusion of
other educational resources beyond Wikimedia content, feedback
channels, etc. (I'll share some more detailed thoughts about those
If you have thoughts re: this first spec (e.g. existing metadata
standards that would be useful here -- keep in mind this is highly
iterative development), feel free to comment here and we'll pass
through important conversations, or participate directly on the Kiwix
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Tomasz Finc <tfinc(a)wikimedia.org>
Date: Sun, May 15, 2011 at 3:41 PM
Subject: Content manager feed format
Cc: Erik Moeller <erik(a)wikimedia.org>
Today Emmanuel posted the first version of the content manager feed
format at http://kiwix.org/index.php/FeedFormat. This is the first
draft of the XML (like) spec for anyone wanting to publish a feed that
Kiwix can understand. For those unfamiliar with the project its part
of our current efforts to build out a content manager as documented in
Were looking to write and implement a spec within our current efforts
so that we can eventually have numerous content providers publish
content available to Kiwix and any OER tools.
Were especially curious to find anyone who's worked with atom and rss
feeds since this will share some similar attributes.
Please help us refine it by commenting and helping us get to our first version.
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