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Monday, August 21, 2006

Knowledge Exchange my elbow

Howdy!

I just discovered this thing called the CHIN Knowledge Exchange which looks to be something using my tax dollars to teach museum professionals how to leverage technolgoy.

Can you say "Not?"

Four clicks to discover that an interview with Stephen Downes, according to them a "Canadian expert on online learning" is only available as a Windows Media File. And somehow they've only been able to transcribe 10:36 minutes of the interview. (Or if you'd like it spelled out for you - an expert is allowing his name to be used with something that is unaccesible to more than 15% of the people viewing, and they haven't been able to complete the job.)

If this ridiculous and rebrehensible use of taxpayer money cost more than $1.50, I'd strongly suggest firing everyone involved. I'm doing more, and better for less. If anyone would like some help in how to leverage technology, feel free to ask me - I'm certain I can show you for cheaper.

And I hope that I don't have to remind you about The interviews and catalogs of Canadian Artists and people in the Arts, aka the Zeke's Gallery Podcasts, that have been digitized. I just wish I had 10% of their budget.
  1. Bertrand Lavoie Catalogue, Exhibited at Zeke's Gallery May 1998.
  2. Kelly Backs Catalogue, Exhibited at Zeke's Gallery November 1999.
  3. Philip Bottenberg, Interviewed & Exhibited at Zeke's Gallery April 2004.
  4. Toly Kouroumalis, Interviewed & Exhibited at Zeke's Gallery June 2004.
  5. Dominique Blain, Montreal Artist interviewed August 2004.
  6. Michel Hellman, Art Critic for Le Devoir interviewed August 2004.
  7. Eduardo Kac, Chicago Artist interviewed October 2004.
  8. Chris Dyer, Interviewed & Exhibited at Zeke's Gallery September 2004
  9. Marc Mayer, Director of Musée d'art contemporain interviewed October 2004.
  10. Jean-François Lacombe, Interviewed & Exhibited at Zeke's Gallery November 2004.
  11. Eric Waugh, Montreal Artist interviewed February 2005 part one, part two Audio
  12. Peter Gibson, aka Roadsworth, Montreal Artist, interviewed February 2005 Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four. Audio
  13. Chris Lloyd, Halifax Artist interviewed March 2005.
  14. Zev Tiefenbach, Interviewed & Exhibited at Zeke's Gallery August 2005 part one, part two Audio
  15. Wil Murray, Interviewed & Exhibited at Zeke's Gallery October 2005 part one, part two, part three Audio
  16. Face-Off, the public debate between myself and Marc Mayer, October 2005 part one, part two. Audio
  17. Mise au jeu, the public debate in French between myself and Marc Mayer, November 2005, part one, part two. Audio
  18. Tricia McDaid, Interviewed & Exhibited at Zeke's Gallery May 2006. Video
  19. The Missive, a film about Zeke's Gallery by Jarred Coxford Video
  20. Nancy Nisbett's Exchange Project, Interviewed outside of Zeke's Gallery June 2006. Video
  21. Stephane Aquin, curator of Sound + Vision, Interviewed at the Musee des Beaux Arts July 2006. Video


And there are more to come...

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