Nifty.works - Maps of knowledge landscapes

Nifty.works are contextual research platforms.

Vision.
Accelerate discovery of knowledge by empowering everyone to make sense of complex subjects in the blink of an eye.

Mission.
Empower learning and development experiences with tools that allows to overview, summarise and find meaningful learning paths that contextualise complex subjects.

As maps of geographic landscapes, maps of knowledge landscapes allow learners (students, professionals, decision-makers) to orient themselves and navigate the paths connecting diverse areas, walking directions tailored to connect own background with new domains.

Nifty.works launched a public pilot, made by:

  • data-model to compute knowledge networks
  • user experience to extract learning paths
  • user-experience to navigate from generic knowledge to specialised knowledge
    (e.g. mapping factual knowledge networks with academic knowledge networks)
  • component to aggregate content on top of entities and connections between entities - as per Books, English Wikipedia, News, or custom content.

Key Partners
Our focus is to accompany a user to reach a deeper learning experience, by integrating trainings and MOOC courses:

we are willing to tap into Open edX and partner with Universities and NGOs to enhance discoverability of training programs and academic materials also in between of organisations.

We are also keen to pilot gamified learning experiences with transmedia applications, with the vision to value the diversity of cultural and educational background of people in social places.



This seems pretty…well… nifty :slight_smile:

I’m going to move this out of introductions and over to the educators category, as I think that’s a better place for this sort of thing

@MHaton thank you.

I read your introduction and found it interesting from more there one point!

I also looked at Appsembler, I’d like to know more about it.
I understand Appsembler offers Saas to integrate open Edx.
Nifty.works is a knowledge discovery platform:
there could be aspects of mutual interest to help technical and non-technical audiences.

Would you like to have a conversation about ?

I read also you’re a game designer and author! For that part, I also have a question for you, not related to edx. I’ll ping you on Linkedin.


Below a couple of tech questions - if you can help, please feel free to answer them or suggest who may, so they can be of help for other community members.

From a technical point of view:

  • are there APIs to collect fetch all of the courses that are offered by content providers ?
  • which options to analyse content - APIs, downloading data-dumps ?
    e.g. I am interested in applying NLP to transcripts of courses.

@frbddnforest Sounds good! Look forward to connecting :slight_smile: Feel free to either message me on LinkedIn or on Slack (I don’t check LinkedIn too regularly, but will respond when I’m able) if you’d like to chat

If you’d like to learn more about Appsembler, you can check us out over at appsembler.com and feel free to drop us a message in the chat on the site if you have any questions :slight_smile:

While my technical knowledge is limited, I don’t think there’s an API to fetch all of the course content across all courses currently, but I could be completely wrong, it might be worth trying asking over in #development just in case

I think your best bet for NLP would be to use the course export files. These are in a format called Open Learning XML (OLX) specific to Open edX. You may also want to check out this talk from Open edX 2018 which i found pretty interesting.