given at the meetings on a variety of topics from speakers within the group as well as from
outside sources. An open forum portion of the meeting
allows members to find solutions to problems. Visitors
are always welcome to attend the general meetings and
meet our members.
Meetings of the
OPCUG are at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum (CASM), 11 Aviation Parkway, in the Mauril Bélanger Theatre [Museum floor plan (PDF)].
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and Technology Museum and the Canada Aviation and Space
Museum for their assistance in finding us this location
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General meetings are usually on the 2nd
Wednesday of each month (no meetings in July and August).
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Main presentation - 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.
Session - 9:00 to
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history of delivering informative and provocative
speakers for over 35 years! Please consult the
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MEETINGS (details if
NOTE: We are now in the
main Mauril Bélanger Theatre [Museum floor plan (PDF)]
Department of History, Carleton University
Realizing the Educational Potential of an Open Sourced
Web Publishing Platform
This talk will discuss the educational potential of the
open-sourced web publishing platform called
"Omeka" through the lens of the work of
Carleton Universitys Disability Research Group.
This group has created virtual exhibits using Omeka like
Historical Insights into Educational Technologies for
People who are Blind or Partially Sighted in Canada, 1860
Present. The explicit intent of exhibits
like this one has been to build effective and adaptable
pedagogical tools that can be used for university-based
and public educational initiatives in order to tell the
stories of the people and technologies that have shaped,
and been shaped by, social, cultural and historical
understandings of disability in Canada.
Omeka is a free, flexible and open-source web-publishing
platform for the display of library, museum, archives and
scholarly collections and exhibitions. Its
five-minute setup makes launching an online
exhibit as easy as launching a blog. Aptly named, Omeka
is a Swahili word meaning to display or lay out
wares; to speak out; to spread out or to unpack.
Designed with non-IT specialist in mind, Omeka allows
users to focus on content and interpretation rather than
programming. It brings Web 2.0 technologies and
approaches to academic and cultural websites to foster
user interaction and participation. It makes top-shelf
design easy with a simple and flexible templating system.
Its robust open-source developer and user communities
underwrite Omekas stability and sustainability.
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