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Grants.gov: Find. Apply. Succeed.I subscribe to a Grants.gov e-mail list for new announcements for various federal grants. Since I receive daily announcements regarding a variety of grants from multiple agencies, I am struck with the fact that there are so many grant opportunities for Indian tribes.

Next Generation Learning ChallengesMany years ago, I was asked to be a proposal reviewer for the California Arts Council. I remember that I was selected to be on the “Artist in the Schools Panel,” which had an allocated amount of $250,000 for that year’s funding. There were five of us reviewers selected to be on this particular panel. We were each mailed forty-five proposals, which we had to screen and rank according to the proposal criteria given us by the Arts Council staff.

Microsoft's Dare Obasanjo, who is known for his scathing critiques of technology trends and products, including some of those promoted by Microsoft itself, has just written a blog post analyzing why OpenID, AtomPub, and XML on the Web (including XHTML and SOAP) have failed as technologies.

In his conclusion, he sees a common issue with all three: they were each designed to solve a specific niche problem, but they were promoted as if everyone should be using them. In the end, adapting those technologies for other uses proved too complex and didn't give the benefits they were supposed to deliver.

Finally, he mentions "NoSQL" (a buzz word meaning non-relational databases) as something that developers should analyze with these lessons in mind. Will NoSQL end up joining this list of failures? Let's take a look.

Tech>ProtectFrom time to time I get interesting or pertinent questions from clients, colleagues and readers. I like to post the answers on my blog because I think more people may have the same question. Here's a recent dialogue regarding Payment Card Industry compliance:

During the last year there has been a paradigm shift in the grant world. It is an offshoot of social networking giants Facebook and Twitter and it is changing the dynamics of the grant funding process via technology.

Photo of XML code courtesy of Will Pate via Flickr and Creative Commons.

James Clark is a big name in the XML and SGML world. He was the technical lead in the development of the XML 1.0 standard, co-author of the XSL standard, editor for the XSLT standard, and co-editor for the XPath standard. He was involved in the development of the extended version of SGML on which XML was based, and he wrote sgmls and SP, the two most widely used SGML parsers in existence. He was also the person who coined the name "XML" in the first place.

According to him, XML is dying out on the Web, and for good reasons.

Watch this video at YouTube.

This clever animated short—viewed by more than 1.85 million people on YouTube—lays out Sir Ken Robinson’s view of contemporary public education and how it needs to be reformed.

American Evaluation AssociationI recently completed my first formal internal evaluation for a large federal grant. This process piqued my interest in evaluation, since I usually use a generic evaluation design for proposals I write which was given to me by a project evaluator some 30 years ago.

Hamlet's Blackberry: A Practical Philosophy for Building a Good Life in the Digital AgeRecently a friend of mine told me about a book that he read and thought that I might be interested in. "Hamlet’s BlackBerry: A Practical Philosophy for Building a Good Life in the Digital Age," by William Powers. I got onto the Internet and immediately ordered it.

I consider myself a “Digital Neophyte,” rather than a “Digital Native” as my daughter’s generation of 20-30 year olds is known. According to Powers, this generation has always been around “screens,” be they computer, cell or other integrated devices. I am of an older generation, one that enjoys a stroll in the park, without being plugged into an iPod or carrying a vibrating cell phone to distract me from the sounds and beauty of nature.