Didactalia: Low Cost Content Business Model based on Semantic Web Technologies. The benefits of an educational Linked Open Data graph
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  Ricardo A. Maturana   Ricardo A. Maturana


Wednesday, October 17, 2012
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
Level:  Business/Strategic

We believe that the reusability of open educational resources through dynamic semantic publishing and the social learning communities are redefining the learning habits of students, parents and teachers. These practices are changing the way Education is delivered and how the education services companies reorder their business model into a new educational paradigm. We conceive Education not as a luxury. Our answer is Didactalia, a Low-cost business model that tries to deliver a High-quality Education based on the possibilities of Semantic Technologies. It deals with technologies and standards of the semantic web that enable to structure and connect all kind of contents–from Didactalia or other structured sources as LOD cloud-. Our solution reinforces and enlarges the knowledge management procedures with facet-based searches and generation of semantic contexts. The project contemplates to build an educational graph that gives meaning to the fragmented and distributed work of many teachers. It operates on learning patterns and sequences that make sense for the educational community. Beyond traditional social groups or eLearning, Didactalia.net is a K-12 global community and an storage place for teachers, students and parents to create, share and find open educational resources that has currently more than 50.000 items with semantic contexts. On the one hand, parents can contract ready-to-use courses –as a collection of subjects- with online teachers and, on the other hand, schools can buy communities with personalized content through dynamic semantic publishing for their teachers. The project also offers a Personal Learning Environment (PLE) that includes an online reputation management service and a space where learners take control, communicate and cope with their own learning upgraded with personalized contexts.

Ricardo Alonso Maturana is the founder and director of GNOSS (RIAM I+L LAB), a company that has developed GNOSS, a software platform to create specialized online social networks with semantic technology. Maturana is working in semantic technologies since 2003. He has a degree in Philosophy (University of Deusto) and PhD in Sociology (UNED). He has worked and researched on educational systems, educational models and social innovations arising from the installation of the information society.

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