Art & Feminism and IndieWeb Navrongo Keynote

Published by J. Gregroy McVerry on

Keynote for the @MozOpenLeaders #IndieWeb and #OER #Ghana program

This keynote is a collection of posts from a conversation I had with a friend on why IndieWeb matters to education

@NomadWarMachine More #ethos rather than #stuff or step by step journey. Begins with principled community: guided by norms: towards shared goal of owning data, better connections and controlling your……
#IndieWeb philosophy works for education because believe every learner deserves right to tell their story. It isn't just #cs4all, the way we read, write and participated as shifted at a rate exponentially greater than any time in history. (
Matter of equity and protecting democracy. Can never know how truth is shaped online until you begin to shape your own. Believe in hyper local web where we root infrastructure in libraries and local press, way we have always done it ...since ever (
For edu #IndieWeb approach works best IMO for three reasons: it is the most resilient, sustainable, and accessible way to build your Commonoplace book…. What is @creativecommons for then to store and share the story of us. (
Resilient in the sense that the first web pages are still readable today. #IndieWeb tools built on a value of open standards like HTML. This ensures a longevity of data portability, especially when you own it from your domain. (
Like with #poetryport right now I love all audio poems being shared but also saddened because I know someday they will all be gone. Teachers hit with more site deaths than anyone: We can upload poems to our sites. resilient (
So just owning data, preferably from own domain, is #IndieWeb enough, but then you can start doing cool stuff like having webrings and RSS Planets like we do with #clmooc, but a lot of #IndieWeb tools use metadata called microformats to connect (
This is a tiny bit of data that is carried by any HTML element.… This means all your social and feed data is both human readable and machine readable in one place. Resilient. Stone tablet or new tablet you can read it. (
Not having to repeat same thing in two different places also makes #IndieWeb approach more sustainable. So does lack of boards, and bosses, and dependence on soft money. Done a lot of Open Source, I am done getting heavily involved with orgs (
Want to be an organizer? Organize two events. That's it, we welcome more organizers. Plus the focus on local events and local communities rather than massive conferences is more sustainable on a carbon level. (
Think about all the energy that must go into tracking you across social media silos, spitting out algorithms based on your only move. Why not just have a tiny little website. Sure the energy difference is small, but should that matter? It is a crisis. (
The #Indieweb philosophy of do over say is also a more sustainable approach. So much #edtech innovation is vaporware promises of tools of tomorrow, semantics that never settle. All the tools used in #IndieWeb community exist today, not tomorrow (
This makes #indieweb stuff accessible to all, but not as much as a commitment to HTML. You want the most accessible approach to #OER that reaches all learners, works with screen readers, is easier for localisation you use HTML. Full stop. (
Focus on self and just building for you was successful in ensuring sustainability butthink it hurt accessibility a bit as folks who may thrive in communities by building communities may not have landed, but conjecture, it is amazing learning space (
I am examining it from a lens of Innovation Systems, seeing how agentive change, organizes and fitlers upwards to trickle down again, in terms of getting started it is a matter of deciding the balance between content and code? How to spend you time (
Can go with turnkey service @microdotblog which just works out of box and lets you connect to tumblr, twitter, linkedin, mastodon, have a fediverse instance of your site, homepages and web pages,..phew,,,plus an intentionally hospitable community (
At the next level there is WordPress. Works best with one of the themes developed by the community and a few well maintained plugins. Install them and you are off to the races. WordPress is hard to do if you want to keep your current theme. (
Then there is where I am. i install a CMS on a shared host. There a number of CMSs with #IndieWeb building blocks. Drupal, Kirby, Perch, alot of people use static site generators and some tools to to include #IndieWeb stuff (
After that people build their own CMSs, and connect with all the tools. That is their hobby. They want to play with code, others content. Point is get a blog, find a passion, share and build a better web, (
See all these notes in this thread originated on my website and I use a tool called webmentions to POSSE, publish on your own site syndicate elsewhere (every in my case, except facebook, evil company). Webmentions are awesome, (
Then there other open standards like micropub and microsub that allow me to read and write directly from a social reader this stuff is cool: so the technical barriers are lower and soon we can do this from mobile (
So @nomadwarmachine do I know of an Intro guide to #IndieWeb..not one I I wrote one, from my own domain, where I own the data and chose how I wanted to share it. That's the #IndieWeb style and why it works for education. (