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OpenLearn Live: 6th January 2016

Updated Wednesday, 6th January 2016

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OpenLearn Live connects the world of free learning with the worlds you live in. We've been on a Christmas break, but today we're firing up the machine again. Let's hope we can remember how to drive this thing...

We had a Christmas Special, which offered a mix of festive and non-festive options

On our last regular OpenLearn Live, we met a pioneering Egyptian feminist, crossed the Forth Bridge and considered public spending

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Today's posts

Cybersecurity in Michigan

Which government has got the strongest defence against potential cyberattacks? Surprisingly, it might be the northern US state of Michigan. Brian Nussbaum explains:

In October 2015, Michigan released a very interesting document, its Cyber Disruption Response Plan (CDRP).  This document is the result of a multi year process that included a 2013 Cyber Disruption Response Strategy , and this process was part of a broader statewide focus on cyber security including the creation of the Michigan cyber range , the Michigan Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MI-ISAC)  and the Michigan Civilian Cyber Corps  among many other efforts.  While each of these efforts is worthy of note and discussion – the Cyber Disruption Response Plan is particularly noteworthy.

Read the full article How can governments ensure their cybersecurity is strong?

Missing royals

So we've found King Richard III, and put him somewhere we won't turn into a car park anytime soon. But he wasn't the only ruler of these islands whose remains remain unknown. Charles West explains more:

As 2016 begins, the recent public interest in hunting for royal burials shows no sign of abating. Hardly has the dust begun to settle on Richard III’s expensive new tomb in Leicester [External link]   than work is starting on locating the resting place of another medieval monarch, Henry I [External link]   (d. 1135), in Reading (like Richard III, Henry is also thought to be under a car park).

Meanwhile, the Church of England is stoutly refusing to allow DNA tests to be carried out on bones thought to be those of the “princes in the Tower [External link]  ” who disappeared in 1483, and who may be buried in Westminster Abbey.

With the honourable exception of Alfred the Great [External link]   (d. 899), whose bones were – disappointingly for some – probably not found in recent Winchester excavations, this interest has tended to concentrate on the kings of England after 1066 at the expense of earlier kings, kings of British kingdoms other than England and queens. That is probably typical of the wider public consciousness of – and interest in – the Middle Ages, but it’s not exactly representative of the period. So here are five remarkable royal burials that present puzzles worthy of attention – and that might help add just a little bit of diversity, too.

Read the full article Five Missing Kings And Queens

On iPlayer now: Canals - The Making Of A Nation

Have you been too busy making resolutions and signing up for gym memberships that you may or may not still be using come February to catch our co-production about Canals on BBC Four? If you're curious, here's a cut (and, yes, that's our first canal pun of 2016. You've missed us, haven't you?):

Catch up with episodes 1-5 of Canals on iPlayer

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Best of 2015: Places

Each week, our first post of the day is themed around a subject, taking us off on journeys deeper into OpenLearn content. This week, we're going to be slightly self-referential and focus on some of our favourite start-up segments from last year. And today, we're going to look at some of the places we featured.

A start line Creative commons image Icon Andrew Hurley under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

In December, we spent some time in Barcelona - marking Blood And Gold, our history of Spain:

A trip to England's smallest county, Rutland, brought tales of Dambusters, lost villages and s real-life Tyrion Lannister:

As the BBC went to the oceans off California for Big Blue Live, we explored some of the communities along that coastline:





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