MATURE Project News

User-generated content, User-generated contexts and Learning

This is a short video - the first in a new series of Sounds of the Bazaar videos - made as a contribution to a workshop on 'Technology-enhanced learning in the context of technological, societal and cultural transformation' being held on November 30 to December 1 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bavaria.

Third MATURE newsletter published

Seminar on Personal Learning and Maturing Environments

In September, we organised a symposium on Personal Learning Environments at the the 2nd World Summit on the Knowledge Society (WSKS 2009), "an international attempt to promote the dialogue for the main aspects of the Knowledge Society towards a better world for all."

People Tagging presented at interdisciplinary workshop "Social Software @ Work"

Simone Braun was invited to present MATURE's approach on People Tagging for Collaborative Competence Management at the workshop "Social Software @ Work", Düsseldorf. The interdisciplinary workshop was organized by the Heinrich-Heine University with the goal to bring together researchers and practitioners around the topic Social Software. The workshop provided a great forum for lively discussions about People Tagging and Collaborative Competence Management in practice.

Promoting a shared understanding of competencies - position statement at IEEE LTSC WG20 meeting in Stuttgart

Andreas Schmidt represented MATURE and its approach to competency definitions at the informal IEEE LTSC WG20 meeting. Its goal was to establish a - standardization body independent - group that develops a shared understanding of competency data management. A position statement was presented and lively discussed:

World Summit on the Knowledge Society 2009

Embedded in the 2nd World Summit on the Knowledge Society we had a symposium that was related to the topic of Personal Learning Environments. Graham Attwell, Maria Perifanou, Cristina Costa, Ricardo Torres and me presented complementary papers talking about PLEs, Digital Identity, Contextual Learning and Communities of Practice. It was a great platform to present ideas about challenging aspect of mobile learning and the first international conference where the Widget (Messaging) Server developed by UPB could be presented in action.

GLO Maker 2 learning object authoring software

LTRI has just released a Beta version of GLO Maker 2, a tool for easily creating interactive, multimedia learning objects that can be loaded into a VLE, or made available on the Web. The tool is open source and free to use for educational purposes. On the GLO Maker website there are also guides, animated tutorials and sample GLOs (generative learning objects) to show you how to use the tool and create your own learning objects. For more details and to download the free software, go to:


At this year's edition of the International Conference on Knowledge Management (I-KNOW 09), the MATURE has taken the opportunity to raise the awareness of the community for MATURE and to present the first year's results.

On the first day, there was an entire session on knowledge maturing from an organizational perspective:

MATURE Workshop on User Centred Requirements Processes for E-Learning and Knowledge Management – A European-Wide Perspective

On July 2, 2009 LTRI (London Metropolitan University) hosted the successful MATURE Workshop on User Centred Requirements Processes for E-Learning and Knowledge Management – A European-Wide Perspective. The day enabled the cross fertilisation of ideas between MATURE and other key European projects, research centres and individuals. The formal presentations and discussions were of a high quality and the slides from these can be viewed by following the links for talks in the agenda (above). Furthermore, the informal discussion over coffee and lunch were insightful and wide-ranging.

Hello World

Hello, This is my first Blog entry, Tommorrow is my first working day :)