Tom Hoffman over at the Ed-Tech Insider rightly brings up a criticism of the Education Map of the Decade developed by the Knowledge Works Foundation. He points to my comment that I made regarding how the use of visual maps tends to make holes more obvious than text-based narrative and then he kind of proves the point by highlighting the glaring omission of open source software from any locale on the map.
#1 Tom is dead-on. No map of the educational vista for the next decade can be considered fully credible without acknowledging a place for open source software especially given the potential downstream effects of the Blackboard patent action. Oh yeah...intellectual property battles and knuckleheaded copyright laws should be on there somewhere as well.
#2 Tom's site needs to calm down on the registration process. I'm with you about the open source stuff but I'm also not about to give the Ed-Tech Insider my life history for the privilege of leaving a comment on your site.
#3 Stephen's critique is also dead on about the map and its relation to copyright. Why not use a Creative Commons license? I think it is highly ironic that the map itself gives you guidelines (foresight,insight,action) that are intended to help people "pull threads from the future into the present in meaningful and actionable ways." Right. As long as you do it with the physical copy of the map and don't do anything digital that would help foster an interaction of the kind the map professes to want to encourage. What if the map were posted to flickr as an image and the authors allowed visitors to highlight and comment on sections. That would be useful.