Monthly Archive: March 2007

Universities Starving the Web of Content

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Okay, so its a provocative title, but something I believe is really starting to happen. With the increasing use of online learning systems such as Blackboard, WebCT, and Moodle within Universities, much of the content they are now producing is being locked behind password protected student login systems. This applies to both lecture material and student work/projects, effectively starving the web of what was once one of the most fertile sources of new material.

I'm not suggesting that this is in any way intentional - but it is an important incidental effect.