The deadline for nominations for the 2008 Mellon Awards for Technology Collaboration (MATC Awards) is April 14, 2008. The MATC Awards consist of up to ten $50,000 or $100,000 prizes, which a receiving institution can use in a variety of ways to continue its technology leadership. The awards honor not-for-profit institutions that have demonstrated exemplary leadership in the development of open source software for one or more of the constituencies served by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation: the arts and humanities in higher education; research libraries, museums; performing arts organizations; and conservation biology.
ÂAwardees are selected by a distinguished committee of technology leaders, including Mitchell Baker, Sir Timothy Berners-Lee, John Seely Brown, Vint Cerf, John Gage, and Tim OâReilly. Previous winners include higher education institutions, libraries, and museums Â from North America, Europe, and Asia.
ÂAn online nomination form and more information may be found at http://matc.mellon.org.Â The nominations are public: the community is invited to visit the site and comment.
On March 17, 2008 Trustees of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation approved $10,075,000 in Open Educational Resources grants to the following organizations:
Creative Commons (
Foothill-De Anza Community College District(
Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) (
Ithaka Harbors, Inc. (
Long Now Foundation (
Monterey Institute for Technology and Education (MITE) (
Rice University (
Silicon Valley Educational Fund (San Jose, CA) for a planning grant to explore the use of OER in the San Jose School District ($180,000 over one year)
Full proposals will be availble on the Hewlett Fuondation website in a few weeks.
Please provide feedback on the 2008 Grantee meeting – free form is fine – but questions we are wondering about:
1. Is an annual meeting needed or should we move to an every other year schedule?
2. What is the value of bringing the full community together vis-a-vis segements of the community, i.e., content developers, tool developers, etc.?
3. What topics are you interested in?
4. Other thoughts.
Thanks – we will keep you posted on our next steps.
Hewlett Phase 2 OER StrategyÂ The blog is back! Mike, Phoenix, Vic and I will be posting to the blog on a regular basis – sharing thoughts, challenges and updates as our collective work on Open Educational Resources moves ahead. Attached please find the deck that describes Hewlett’s developing phase II strategy. Seems like slide 26 caught most people’s attention.
Over the next few weeks we will post comments about aÂ lot of interesting OER.Â Â Keep an eye on this page.Â Go to this link.