Agro-Know gets ECSITE-d!

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ecsite_2014_peopleplanetpeace_banner240x300Ecsite is the European network of science centres and museums, linking science communication professionals in more than 400 institutions in 50 countries. Founded 20 years ago, Ecsite connects member institutions through projects and activities and facilitates the exchange of ideas and best practices.

Every year, Ecsite organises a Conference which brings together diverse stakeholders such as science centres and museums, natural history museums, zoos, aquariums, universities, research organisations and companies involved in communicating and engaging the public in science. This year, a milestone 25th Ecsite Annual Conference will take place in The Hague, Netherlands between 21-24 May. Hosted by the World Forum Convention Centre, this year’s theme is “People, Planet, Peace“.… Click to read the full post

And the Winner of the 1st Europeana Creative Challenge is…

A few weeks ago, a small team of 4 Agro-Knowers started working on their application for the Europeana Creative
Natural History Challenge. Since in Agro-Know we already have the experience of the Natural Europe project,
successfully completed in 2013, as well as a shared interest for open data and biodiversity knowledge management, we knew that the Europeana Creative Challenge would represent the right opportunity to present and test our ideas.

For those not familiar, Europeana Creative is a EU co-funded project launched in 2013 and promoting the re-use of
cultural heritage resources by Europe’s creative industries. The Natural History track is among the first Challenges launched by Europeana Creative, with the aim to “identify, incubate and spin off into the commercial sector viable online applications based on the re-use of digital cultural heritage content accessible via Europeana“, an impressive online source of cultural heritage, from paintings, drawings and maps to newspapers, letters, music, radio broadcasts and much more.… Click to read the full post

The ‘Green Learning Network’ Google hangout – How to better engage your webinar audience?

At the end of November I had the pleasure to facilitate the first Open Discovery Space (ODS) webinar and deliver a presentation on our recent work carried out for the Green Learning Network (GLN). ODS is a European funded project that started in April 2012 with the aim to empower stakeholders use, production and assessment of educational resources and activities through a single, integrated access point. In the context of the project, a series of webinars are being organised to foster a dialogue between various learners, educators, researchers and policy makers to promote the project and its outcomes.

The Green Learning Network (GLN) webinar was the first in this series of webinars.… Click to read the full post

Reflections on the ‘Opening up Education’ Panel discussions at the 10th EdReNE seminar

By Cristóbal Cobo Romaní on Flickr, http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

By Cristóbal Cobo Romaní on Flickr, http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Earlier this November I had the opportunity to attend the 10th EdReNe conference in Brussels organised by the European Schoolnet EUN. Among the main themes discussed at the conference was the recently launched European Commission’s ‘Opening Up Education‘ (OUE) initiative.

The highlight of the first day of the conference was, for me, the Panel discussion of OUE lead by representatives of the Irish, Danish, Portuguese, Swiss and Dutch ministries of education. The Panel discussion was preceded by the ‘Opening up Education’ presentation delivered by Ricardo Ferreira, representating the European Commission – DG Education and Culture.… Click to read the full post