The Open Syllabus Project First Workshop

The OSP Workshop & Hackathon was held June 6-7, Columbia University, at the Heyman Center for the Humanities and Studio@Butler.  The event was the first all-hands gathering of the OSP community to discuss and address the next set of social, institutional, legal, and technical challenges for the OSP.  The event focused on four broad issues:

  •     The legal, social, and institutional challenges of building and maintaining a huge corpus of syllabi.
  •     Working with syllabi as complex documents: authoring, versioning, XML, and metadata extraction.
  •     A roadmap for short, medium, and long-term application development for the OSP.
  •     How to expand participation and make the project sustainable.

The Hackathon on day 2 was an opportunity for incoming researchers and coders to become familiar with our workflows and architecture. Collectively, the group made a lot of progress on entity extraction, refining of syllabus crawls, development of the API, and long run architectural issues..

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