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04
Dec

QualiChain at the Open Education Global 2019 conference

The Open Education Global Conference (OE Global 2019) took place in Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy on November 26-28. The OE Global conference is the most internationally diverse conference devoted exclusively to open education, attracting researchers, practitioners, policy makers, educators and students from more than 35 countries to discuss and explore how Open Education advances […]

22
Nov

QualiChain at ICWI 2019 and iCERI 2019

 The 18th International Conference on WWW/Internet (ICWI) took place on November 7-9 in Cagliari, Italy. This is an annual conference that aims to address the main issues of concern within WWW/Internet as well as the technological and non-technological developments in these domains. The 12th annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation (iCERI) took place […]

15
Nov

QualiChain featured in the KMi Festival

The Knowledge Media Institute (KMi) of The Open University, UK celebrated on November 14 its 25th anniversary by organising the KMi Festival. The event showcased how Knowledge and Media technologies are impacting education, science and beyond. A variety of booths allowed visitors to talk in depth to different research teams and see demonstrations of the […]

25
Oct

Maintaining Trust and Privacy of Personal Data with Blockchains

Following scandals in the media such as with Cambridge Analytica and Facebook, there has been widespread concern around the abuse of personal online data. These include from Sir Tim Berners Lee who in a Variety article called the over centralisation of data on the Web ‘anti human’. At the annual EU Big Data Value Forum, […]

25
Oct

Blockchains and Understanding the Post-truth Society

Early October saw John Domingue (The Open University, UK) participate in two panels in a Conference on Understanding the Post-truth Society held in Valletta, Malta. The aim of the event was to bring together technology experts, social scientists and journalists to discuss how recent challenges and issues associated with fake news, mass datafication, mass surveillance, […]

24
Oct

QualiChain at the EADTU 2019 conference

The Online, Open and Flexible Higher Education Conference (OOFHEC2019) took place on October 16-18 in Madrid, Spain. This is the flagship annual event of the European Association of Distance Teaching Universities (EADTU), Europe’s leading institutional association in online, open and flexible higher education. This year’s event was hosted by the National Distance Education University (UNED) […]

24
Oct

Overview of Horizon 2020 projects on “ICT-enabled Public Sector Innovation”

A new report has been published by the European Commission, presenting the projects that have received funding on the topic of “ICT-enabled Public Sector Innovation”. In the 2016-2017 period, 13 projects have received nearly €49 million EU funding via four calls for proposals and two research and innovation topics supporting ICT–based solutions for migration and […]

22
Oct

QualiChain at Digital Credentials Masterclass

John Domingue (The Open University, UK) will be presenting QualiChain at the Digital Credentials Masterclass, which will be held in Bled, Slovenia on 24-25 October 2019. The Digital Credentials Masterclass is the culmination of a multi-year, multi-country project investigating the potential of micro-credentials to transform the European Higher Education landscape, from the perspectives of policy, […]

23
Sep

QualiChain meets in Madrid

The consortium of the QualiChain project has met in Madrid, Spain on September 19-20, 2019. Representatives from all project partners spent two days discussing the latest project developments and planning their next activities. The QualiChain project targets the creation, piloting and evaluation of a decentralised platform for storing, sharing and verifying education and employment qualifications. […]

20
Sep

Blockchains at the Pan Commonwealth Forum

The Pan Commonwealth Forum (PCF), held at Murrayfield Stadium the home of Scottish rugby, brought together over 500 attendees from 61 commonwealth countries including many ministers and university vice chancellors to discuss the future of learning. The overall aim of this year’s event was to discuss, debate and showcase how innovations are improving the quality […]

16
Sep

QualiChain Special Track at eLmL 2020

The QualiChain project is organising a special track at the 12th International Conference on Mobile, Hybrid, and On-line Learning (eLmL 2020), which will be held on March 22-26, 2020 in Valencia, Spain. This special track will investigate the creation, piloting and evaluation of decentralised solutions for storing, sharing and verifying education and employment qualifications and […]

12
Sep

QualiChain at ALTC 2019

Alexander Mikroyannidis (The Open University, UK) joined the Association for Learning Technology Conference (ALTC) last week and delivered a QualiChain workshop. ALTC 2019 took place on 3-5 September 2019 in Edinburgh, UK with a packed programme and over 450 participants from across the globe. ALTC is an annual event aiming to confront and challenge established […]

12
Sep

QualiChain at De:Central Days

Ingo Keck (TIB, Germany) will be presenting QualiChain with a talk at the De:Central Days convention, which will take place on September 24-25 in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. The De:central Days convention is a new industry-focused conference that covers all parts of the digital economy, with focus on emerging decentralised technologies like the Internet of […]

30
Aug

QualiChain at TEDxOpenUniversity

The Open University will be hosting TEDx on November 8th in Milton Keynes, UK. The theme of the event is ‘Imagine What’s Next’: Today’s world is always evolving. Amazing innovation, change and discovery takes place around the globe and beyond, right in front of our eyes. Huge leaps have been made in our lifetime – […]

30
Aug

QualiChain at PCF9

The 9th Pan-Commonwealth Forum on Open Learning (PCF9) will be held in Edinburgh, Scotland at the historic BT Murrayfield Stadium on 9-12 September 2019.  In keeping with tradition, the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) has partnered with The Open University to co-host the Forum and celebrate the 30 and 50 years of our respective commitment to quality […]

29
Aug

Webinar: Blockchains, Fact and Fiction – a legal perspective

Date: Monday, September 2, 2019 – 13:00 to 13:45 GMT Location: Online via YouTube What is a Blockchain? What are the benefits and risks of Cryptocurrency? Why should we be reconsidering the perception of what our personal data actually is? Join Prof John Domingue (KMi, The Open University, UK) and Dr Robert Herian (Law School, […]

21
Aug

Upcoming QualiChain Workshops

A number of hands-on QualiChain workshops will be delivered to renowned international conferences on open education and educational technology later this year. In particular, Alexander Mikroyannidis (The Open University, UK) will be delivering QualiChain workshops at: The Association for Learning Technology Conference (ALTC 2019), 3–5 September 2019, Edinburgh, UK. The Online, Open and Flexible Higher […]

09
Jul

Meet the QualiChain partners: Sofia Mota

In this QualiChain partner interview, we interview Sofia Mota, Director of the Digital Competencies Centre for the Portuguese Public Administration in the Administrative Modernization Agency (AMA), Portugal. Sofia has a degree in Computer Science and Business Management. In the last 20 years, she worked in IT consulting private companies, implementing and managing IT projects for several […]

04
Jul

Meet the QualiChain partners: Carlos Agostinho

We continue our series of QualiChain partner interviews with Carlos Agostinho, Director of Knowledgebiz, Portugal. Carlos holds a PhD in the area of industrial information systems by the Faculty of Science and Technology of the NOVA University of Lisbon (FCT/UNL) and a MSc in Computer Science from the same school. Having a large experience in […]

25
Jun

Meet the QualiChain partners: Foteini Bompoti

In this QualiChain partner interview, we talk to Foteini Bompoti currently serving as a Member of the Supreme Council for Civil Personnel Selection (ASEP), Greece. Foteini is an attorney-at-law with postgraduate studies in international trade and investment law and arbitration as well as maritime law and economics. She has over eight years of business, research […]

20
Jun

Meet the QualiChain partners: Ingo Keck

In this QualiChain partner interview, we talk to Ingo Keck, Web 3 Senior Scientist at TIB Leibniz Information Centre For Science And Technology, Germany. Dr. Ingo R. Keck is a physicist and holds the doctor europeus from the University of Granada. He worked as a researcher and lecturer in the fields of biomedical data analysis, machine […]

14
Jun

QualiChain at JTELSS 2019

The 15th EATEL Summer School on Technology Enhanced Learning (JTELSS 2019) took place on June 1-8, 2019 in Bari, Italy. Alexander Mikroyannidis (The Open University, UK) represented QualiChain and delivered a workshop entitled “How the Blockchain can shape the future of education”. During this hands-on workshop, participants explored the different scenarios that place the learner […]

14
Jun

QualiChain at ESWC 2019

The Extended Semantic Web Conference (ESWC 2019) took place on June 2-6 in Portoroz, Slovenia. QualiChain was represented by John Domingue and Allan Third from The Open University, UK, as well as Damien Graux from Fraunhofer IAIS, Germany. QualiChain was presented prominently at the opening and closing ceremonies as a conference sponsor and had a […]

04
Jun

QualiChain at EDCON 2019

The 7th International Big Data & Analytics Education Conference (EDCON), is taking place on June 3-4 in Maryland, USA. EDCON brings together experts from Big data and education to discuss novel solutions from the areas of Big data analytics, knowledge representation, Artificial Intelligence, and cognitive computing. In the context of the EU H2020 project QualiChain, […]

29
May

New study: Blockchain for Digital Government

One of the key foundations of the QualiChain project is taking advantage of Blockchain ledgers as decentralised, permanent, unalterable stores of information that can help with the archiving and trust issues in education, as well as provide a frictionless method for transacting with others. Blockchain is at the forefront of research initiatives and projects all […]

22
May

Meet the QualiChain partners: Simon Scerri

We continue the series of QualiChain partner interviews with Simon Scerri, Senior Researcher in Fraunhofer IAIS, Germany. Simon leads the Big Data Management and Value Extraction competence area at Fraunhofer IAIS, which explores Linked Data applications to support Data Value Chains and realise various data infrastructures. In 2011, Simon received his Ph.D. from the Faculty […]

21
May

QualiChain featured in international high-profile events

During the past few weeks, the QualiChain project has been featured in several prominent and high-profile events internationally. At the end of April, the Blockchain Expo took place at the Olympia Grand in London with over 8,000 participants. John Domingue (The Open University, UK) gave a Keynote on applying blockchains to lifelong learning. The event […]

15
May

QualiChain meets in Lisbon

The consortium of the QualiChain project has met in Lisbon, Portugal on May 9-10. This has been the first plenary face-to-face meeting of the project, after its kick-off meeting in January 2019. Representatives from all project partners spent two days discussing the latest project developments and planning their next activities. The next plenary face-to-face meeting […]

29
Apr

Meet the QualiChain partners: Pilar Pérez Berganza

In this QualiChain partner interview, we talk to Pilar Pérez Berganza, Business consultant in Atos, Spain. Pilar graduated in Advertising and Public Relations (University of Barcelona, Spain) and is also certified in PBA® (Certified Professional Business Analysis) by the Project Management Institute PMI®. Pilar has more than ten years of work experience in R&D business […]

24
Apr

Meet the QualiChain partners: Sérgio Guerreiro

We continue our series of QualiChain partner interviews with Sérgio Luís Proença Duarte Guerreiro. Sérgio is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon (IST/UL), Portugal, acting in the Information Systems scientific area. He is also a researcher at the INESC-ID, IDSS (Information and […]

16
Apr

Meet the QualiChain partners: Panagiotis Kokkinakos

We start this series of interviews with Panagiotis Kokkinakos. Panagiotis is a Project Manager and Research Associate at the Decision Support Systems Laboratory (DSSLab) of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). He holds a MSc. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, an MBA in Techno-Economic Systems and a […]

12
Apr

Meet the QualiChain partners

Would you like to know more about the work and vision of the QualiChain project partners? In the coming weeks, we will be featuring a series of interviews from representatives of each project partner. In these interviews, our project partners will talk about their role in the project and how this relates to their background […]

20
Mar

The Open University has been awarded a Fellowship of the British Blockchain Association

Last week, John Domingue (The Open University, UK) was awarded a Fellowship of the British Blockchain Association. As stated on the British Blockchain Association website, an award of the Fellowship is “recognition of exceptional achievement and contribution to Blockchain research and allied disciplines”. Additionally, recognition through a Fellowship demonstrates a “commitment to excellence, leadership, advancing […]

11
Mar

JTELSS 2019 workshop: How the Blockchain can shape the future of education

Alexander Mikroyannidis (The Open University, UK) will be delivering a hands-on workshop at the 15th EATEL Summer School on Technology Enhanced Learning (JTELSS), which will take place on June 1-8, 2019 in Bari, Italy. The summer school is a flagship event of the European Association of Technology Enhanced Learning (EATEL). It provides a stimulating learning […]

08
Mar

WWW2019 workshop: Linked Data on the Web and its Relationship with Distributed Ledgers (LDOW/LDDL)

John Domingue (The Open University, UK) is co-organising a workshop on Linked Data on the Web and its Relationship to Distributed Ledgers (LDOW/LDDL). The workshop will be held in the context of the Web Conference (WWW 2019). The Web Conference 2019 will be hosted in San Francisco, California, on May 13-17 to celebrate the 30th […]

20
Feb

QualiChain has kicked-off!

The new H2020 project QualiChain has had its kick-off meeting on January 22-23, hosted by the coordinator partner NTUA in Athens, Greece. QualiChain targets the creation, piloting and evaluation of a decentralised platform for storing, sharing and verifying education and employment qualifications. The project focuses on the assessment of the potential of blockchain technology for disrupting the […]