Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Zelkova sicula: "Use of Name Officer Massachusetts Institute of Technology," Creative Commons' licensed MIT OCW and CC WUaS, MIT OCW correspondence


Thanks for chatting yesterday from Cambridge, Massachusetts, at MIT.

Per our conversation about Use of MIT's name, CC MIT OCW and CC WUaS, I was glad to learn that WUaS will feel free to submit -

course titles to the state of California's  BPPE in accrediting, which might have the same name as courses in MIT OCW Audio Video courses - http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/audio-video-courses/ - or Yale OYC courses - http://oyc.yale.edu/courses - e.g. "Organic Chemistry," and that that's not an issue for the "Use of Name Office at Massachusetts Institute of Technology."

WUaS will seek to remove all uses of MIT's name from anything on WUaS relating to promotion, publicity, marketing or branding, or similar, for example, as soon as possible.

And WUaS will also seek to not associate MIT OCW with all advertising at WUaS, as soon as possible, - and as WUaS moves from our current Wikia wiki (with 688 pages, all in English so far) to MediaWiki/Wikipedia/Wikidata et al.

Please let me know if there are other clarifications or understandings of concern vis-a-vis the "Use of Name Office at Massachusetts Institute of Technology," CC MIT OCW and CC WUaS, as things develop.

Looking forward to staying in communication.

Thank you.

Best regards,


And as I understand it from Peter's and my conversation yesterday, a Creative Commons' licensed licensed WUaS wiki subject page about MIT itself is ok to keep posted - for open teaching, learning and knowledge generation, for example ...


On 1/12/15 11:07 AM, Scott MacLeod wrote:
Hi Peter,



On 1/9/15 12:35 PM, Peter Bebergal wrote:
Hi Scott,

This is fine. Please call me a the number below.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Cheers, Peter Bebergal

Use of Name Officer Massachusetts Institute of Technology 255
Main Street Building NE18-501 Cambridge, MA 02142 Phone:  (617)
253-6966; Fax: (617) 258-6790 Email: bebergal@mit.edu

-----Original Message----- From: Scott MacLeod
[mailto:scott@scottmacleod.com] Sent: Friday, January 09, 2015
3:34 PM To: Peter Bebergal; Yvonne Ng Cc: viehland@chatham.edu;
stephen.e.carson@gmail.com; Gantt Galloway; Lindsey Weeramuni
Subject: Re: WUaS technical lead questions and the semantic web,
artificial intelligence and IBM Watson

Hi Peter,

Thanks. I think questions will emerge after WUaS's monthly
business meeting (2nd Saturdays) tomorrow.

How would Monday at 11 am PT, 2 pm ET work for you?

Cheers, Scott

On 1/9/15 11:41 AM, Peter Bebergal wrote:
Hi Scott,

I am happy to chat by phone next week. How does Monday look
for you?

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Cheers, Peter Bebergal

Use of Name Officer Massachusetts Institute of Technology 255
Main Street Building NE18-501 Cambridge, MA 02142 Phone:
(617) 253-6966; Fax: (617) 258-6790 Email:

_____________________________________________ From: Yvonne Ng
Sent: Friday, January 09, 2015 2:36 PM To: Scott MacLeod Cc:
Peter Bebergal; viehland@chatham.edu;
stephen.e.carson@gmail.com; Gantt Galloway; Lindsey Weeramuni
Subject: RE: WUaS technical lead questions and the semantic
web, artificial intelligence and IBM Watson

Dear Scott, Thank you for your response. Using the alternative phrase is very fine. The advertising on your site still needs to be addressed.

Also a colleague pointed out: In their "World University and School Licensing" section, they're carrying the wrong license: 
All content on this site is freely available under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 International (CC BY-SA 3.0)
- https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/ .

This should be corrected as soon as possible to reflect that MIT OCW content is excluded from this statement.

All the best, Yvonne

-----Original Message----- From: Scott MacLeod
[mailto:scott@scottmacleod.com] Sent: Friday, January 09, 2015
 12:33 PM To: Yvonne Ng Cc: Peter Bebergal; Larry Viehland;
 Gantt Galloway Subject: Re: WUaS technical lead questions and the semantic web, artificial intelligence and IBM Watson

Dear Yvonne and Peter,

Thank you for your email and for this clarification about MIT's CC and name policies. Per previous communication with MIT OCW, WUaS has been seeking to, and will continue to seek to, comply with both Creative Commons' and CC MIT OCW licensing, as a Creative Commons' licensed organization ourselves.

Last time WUaS communicated with Steve Carson, when he was MIT OCW External Relations Director, (and with whom I met twice in person over about 2 years in Cambridge, MA, to talk about WUaS and MIT OCW), and perhaps with you as well, Yvonne, (I'll have to check those emails), WUaS was asked to include the words "Not endorsed by MIT OCW" (as you'll see on the bottom of this email) on everything we printed, which we have tried to do.

What CC WUaS seeks to do in part is create a wiki around highest quality sharable CC OpenCourseWare, such as MIT OCW and Yale OYC. WUaS may seek to use this phrases "great universities' OpenCourseWare," or "highest quality STEM CC OpenCourseWare," or something similar, now instead. Peter and Yvonne, do you think this would meet CC MIT OCW name policy and CC licensing requirements?

And thank you for the clarification that MIT OCW will not add CC "Linked Open Data," and in all of its 9 languages, as machine learning and artificial intelligence develop, per the general inquiry in my email below ("... offer to contribute your materials to OCW").

Yvonne, I think I know how to locate the MIT OCW languages' licensing agreement web page at MIT OCW, as well, about which we've communicated in the past.

WUaS will consider some of the implications of this at our WUaS monthly business meeting tomorrow.

Peter, could we possibly please chat some time next week about developments from this on the phone?

Again, WUaS will seek to follow the licensing requirements outlined in your email, Yvonne. I'm copying WUaS Board members, Larry Viehland (a MIT alumnus), Gantt Galloway, and well as Steve Carson, in this email, for their information.

Thank you again for your email.

Best, Scott

On 1/9/15 8:29 AM, Yvonne Ng wrote:
Dear Scott,

Thank you for keeping us in the loop with WUaS' progress.
It's terrific to see that WUaS will soon be able to offer certificates for students studying and using your educational resources and platform.

We certainly appreciate your offer to contribute your materials to OCW, however the intent of OCW is that our Web site should reflect the course as it was taught at MIT. The
reason for this policy is that members of the MIT faculty author materials presented on the OCW site, and thus, our faculty take final responsibility for these materials.Because your materials are not part of MIT courses, we cannot add them to our site.

I'll send you information about becoming a translation affiliate.

I know in the past you had conversations with Steve Carson about using OCW in WUaS efforts. And while we certainly encourage the use, reuse, mix, and distribution of our
content, WUaS seems to be presenting our content outside of our guidelines.

Some examples are: .  Using "MIT-OCW centric" in all of your  communications. .     Advertising, both on the page where
the content is a major draw and on gateway pages through which a user must navigate to get to the OCW content .  Using MIT's name in relation to accrediting: -'accrediting for
bachelor and Ph.D. degree programs on Audio/Video Lectures at MIT OpenCourseWare.' -'Free, Bachelor's degrees, accrediting on MIT OCW' -in this email: 'students applying this autumn 2015, as if applying to MIT itself,'

Please make adjustments to your site to conform to the creative commons license we use and MIT's use of name policy

If you have other questions about MIT's use of name policy, please contact Peter Bebergal who is copied on this note and he'll be happy to chat with you.

Best, Yvonne

Ms. Yvonne Ng External Outreach and Annual Giving Manager
OpenCourseWare | Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT
Office of Digital Learning 145 Broadway, Suite 101 |
Cambridge, MA 02142 Tel: 617-253-4719 | Fax: 617-253-2115 |
Email: yng@mit.edu http://ocw.mit.edu |
http://ocw.mit.edu/high-school - OCW's Highlights for High

-----Original Message----- From: Scott MacLeod
[mailto:scott@scottmacleod.com] Sent: Friday, January 02,
2015 5:35 PM To: Jim Spohrer Cc:
hendler@cs.rpi.edu; Yvonne Ng;
Larry Viehland; Scott MacLeod;


Subject: Re: WUaS technical lead questions and the semantic web,
artificial intelligence and IBM Watson

Hi Jim, Jim, Markus, Yvonne, Larry, and Steve,

Thanks for this helpful information and knowledgeable perspective on IBM Watson, Bluemix and machine learning, and the time frame in which they are developing, Jim S.

Long-ish email ahead ...

Creative Commons' licensed (CC) WUaS is like CC Wikipedia (in 288 languages presently) with CC MIT OCW (in 9 languages presently) as you may know. For an overview of WUaS's 12 main areas of focus, planned for large languages and most
countries in their main languages, and over centuries, see -
 http://worlduniversityandschool.org .

Jim H (and Markus), in terms of a technical lead on WUaS's wiki side, and in planning for developing with artificial intelligence and machine learning as well as with the
semantic web, WUaS is planning to develop in Wikidata / Wikibase / qLabel / MediaWiki / and probably Semantic Wiki, accessing Wikicommons in the process, and adding Linked Open Data anticipating machine learning developments ahead. See for example - http://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2014/08/california-tiger-salamander-wuas-in.html. In this blog post are also three main developers'
Wikidata / Wikitech and Semantic Wiki email list addresses, which both of you may already be receiving. Their new CC inter-lingual Wikidata/Wikibase database for 288 Wikipedia
languages is what WUaS would like to develop in first, and hopefully in the near future, moving from WUaS's current Wikia wiki with about 687 wiki pages/schools in English only so far. (See, too -

If either of you, Jim H. or Jim S., are following the current Wikidata email list Templates' conversation, Wikidata will
probably integrate Templates in the next near while. WUaS would like to develop around this SUBJECT TEMPLATE -
http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/SUBJECT_TEMPLATE (which is central to all the WUaS pages so far) - and then into many of 7,106 Languages' wiki WUaSes via -
http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/LANGUAGE_TEMPLATE -
and 242 + Nation States' WUaSes via -
- each a wiki school or university. And then with a Museums' Template, etc. and connecting this with virtual worlds, as they become further interactive, 3D and movie realistic.

Markus Kroetzch, founder also of Semantic Wiki, and the other two initial core Wikidata developers (Daniel Kinzler and Denny Vrandecic, as well as Lydia Pintscher) at Wikidata.de are potentially important contacts for much of
this, and especially with Wikidata's volunteer communities in 288 languages, although a WUaS technical lead would hopefully begin gradually to build WUaS in Wikidata without them, - and
I don't have the knowledge for this.

Jim H, in terms of a technical lead on WUaS's MIT OCW side
(e.g. http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/audio-video-courses/ and
http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/translated-courses/ and http://ocw.mit.edu/index.htm), and especially eventually adding Linked Open Data anticipating machine learning and A.I., I have been in communication with Yvonne Ng at MIT OCW, who offered WUaS the possibility and licensing agreement to develop in the Indonesian language, since one of WUaS's board
members is a lecturer at the University of Jakarta, but WUaS didn't have the resources to follow through on this at the time.

I'm including Yvonne in this email as part of developing this conversation. Yvonne, in what ways might it be possible to add Linked Open Data at this stage to MIT OCW to anticipate
machine learning? And in what ways would it be possible for WUaS to collaborate further with each of the Universities which seem to have translated MIT OCW into their languages
(http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/translated-courses/ ), and grow this list of Universities into thousands of languages (perhaps in conjunction with Wikipedia's language communities
for volunteers), as WUaS builds accrediting wiki CC MIT OCW-centric schools and universities - and for online university and high school degrees in large languages - and
eventually with A.I. and machine learning and in conjunction with Wikidata/Wikibase?

Jim H, WUaS plans to send the initial state of California BPPE accreditation documentation in in January 2015, if we can raise the $5000 in fees, and accredit on MIT OCW Audio /
Video courses
(http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/audio-video-courses/ ) in English first, with students applying this autumn 2015, as if applying to MIT itself, and then matriculating online in
autumn 2016. For all of this WUaS is in search of a technical lead, as well.

By way of introduction:

Jim Spohrer, is IBM Global University Director, and went to MIT in Physics as an undergraduate, and has a Ph.D. from Yale University in a Computer Science related field.

Jim Hendler went to Yale as an undergraduate and has a Brown University Ph.D. in a Computer Science related field. Jim is a Professor of computer science at Rennsalaer Polytechnic.

Markus Krötzsch has a Ph.D. from the University of Cologne in Applied Informatics and Formal Description Methods. His "research interest is the intelligent automatic processing of information, ranging from the foundations of formal knowledge representation to application areas like the Semantic Web. He is the lead developer of the successful Semantic Web application platform Semantic MediaWiki,
co-developer of the highly efficient OWL EL reasoner ELK, co-editor of the W3C OWL 2 specification, and co-author of the textbook Foundations of Semantic Web Technologies." He
currently leads a group at the University of Dresden.

Larry Viehland is CC MIT OCW-centric wiki World University and School's Chair of the Board, and went to MIT in Chemistry (as did his wife Kim) as an undergraduate, and has a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin. Larry is Professor of Chemistry and Physics at Chatham University and outgoing chair of its Science department.

Yvonne Ng is External Outreach and Annual Giving Manager at MIT OCW.

Steve Carson is former External Relations Director at MIT OCW, and with whom I've met twice in person in Cambridge, MA in the past few years. He is also former president of the
OCW Consortium.

Scott MacLeod is founder and president of CC MIT OCW-centric wiki WUaS, and is an anthropologist -
http://scottmacleod.com/ and

Much of the above can be found here at the

"WUaS Information Technologies and Data Plan" wiki page - http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/WUaS_Information_Technologies_and_Data_Plan .

Further considerations in developing WUaS as a Big Data A.I. project include:

WUaS's Bookstore / computer store planned for all 7,106 languages and 242 countries and with AI - http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Bookstore_/_Computer_Store_(New_%26_Used)_at_WUaS.

"You at WUaS" (including for academic registration, transcripts and matriculation, as well as a social networking site for the music school, too) -

"World University Music School" in All-languages / All-instruments (each a wiki subject page to begin) -

A virtual world earth as classroom (including as build-able ethnographic field site for anthropological comparison, for example) at World University and School as these become
interactive with avatars, 3D and movie realistic, and for brain and linguistic research eventually ... See the main "Research" wiki area at WUaS -
http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Research .

Jim H., would you be available possibly please as technical lead to help guide all of these developments from Wikia hopefully to Wikidata / Wikibase and including the SemanticWeb - and while anticipating developments in A.I., machine learning in all 7,106 languages (and countries)?

Could the Carnegie Library philanthropy across the United States be a model for organizing some of these universities around the world in terms of languages, where Andrew Carnegie gave the initial monies, and local governments took
on the financial responsibility after this? Could MIT OCW-centric wiki WUaS provide the beginning universities in large and languages in all 242 countries and the "MIT"s in
each of those languages and countries help to develop the MIT OCW in those languages, and the governments, and education budget lines, in each of those countries contribute financially for WUaS accrediting MIT OCW-centric degrees? I hope so.

Happy New Year!

Best regards, Scott

- Scott MacLeod - Founder & President - http://worlduniversityandschool.org - 415 480 4577 - PO Box 442, (86 Ridgecrest Road), Canyon, CA 94516 - World University and School - like Wikipedia with best STEM-centric OpenCourseWare - incorporated as a nonprofit university and school in California, and is a U.S. 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt educational organization, both effective April 2010.



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