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1 Setting the stage for Web 2.0 Phil Bradley Internet Consultant

2 What is this ‘2.0’ stuff? Web 2.0 is a term often applied to a perceived ongoing transition of the World Wide Web from a collection of websites to a full-fledged computing platform serving web applications to end users. Ultimately Web 2.0 services are expected to replace desktop computing applications for many purposes. –Wikipedia entryWikipedia entry

3 Yes… and? It’s a platform It harnesses collective intelligence Data can be used and re-used in many ways Users are directly involved with development It’s not limited to a single device A rich user experience –Tim O’Reilly ‘What is Web 2.0?’What is Web 2.0?’

4 Yes… but? “It’s vacuous marketing hype” “Web 2.0 is totally silly” “Meaningless” “is made entirely of pretentious self serving morons.” “a lot of thin but very hot air blown at you by those who are convinced that having nothing to say is by no means a good reason to shut up.”

5 So what do I think?

6 I don’t care!

7 Seriously… I want things that work That allow me to do a job better More quickly More effectively Easier So… let’s look at what we can do, starting with better ways of doing what we do now

8 Let’s go through a normal day Updates and news on your subject areas of interest Checking to see if any pages have changed since you last looked at them Re-running searches for new information

9 RSS is your friend

10 News reports from the BBC

11 Watching pages

12 Searching with MSN

13 Incorporate that into your work

14 Bookmarking Limited to a specific machine Not informative Difficult to find what you wan Inflexible Cannot easily share bookmarks


16 What are the alternatives? Diigo Raw Sugar …

17 You can: Share your bookmarks –Between computers –Between colleagues –Between users Create bookmark sets –To supplement projects –To assist users Annotate (or tag) bookmarks

18 More options FURL SPURL SQUIDOO –All ‘bookmarks on speed’ –Indepth collections of your own material –Not just limited to the URL or tags –More flexibility


20 Talking to users Face to face –Excellent, but limited Telephone –Good, but limited Email –Good, but limited Written –I have no idea!

21 Consider Instant Messaging Always on Always available Can demonstrate an online search with Messenger Easy to point to/link to resources Incorporate video for face to face element

22 Creating communities 1 Start or Community pages –GROU.PS Share bookmarks, files, photographs, weblogs, locations, to do lists – almost anything! –Plum As above

23 Creating communities 2 Share photographs with Flickr et al –A record of an event –A tour around the library –An introduction to/for staff –Popularising the library –Create fun things Posters Trading cards

24 Creating communities 3 Create your own search engines –Rollyo –Eurekster Swicki For general use For specific topics For specific groups

25 Creating communities 4 Create your own wiki –Peanut Butter wiki –Jotspot Allow users to add content, edit, amend etc Your users become your colleagues Your colleagues become your publishing partners

26 Creating communities 5 Weblogs –Update colleagues and users –A central repository of information –A resource to be repackaged and recombined elsewhere (eg on a home page) –A place to add your Swicki –Links to other useful resources –Outreach

27 Collaborate On documents - Writely On spreadsheets - NumSum With calendars - Planzo With training - Jybe With projects – MyWebDesktop With To Do lists – TaDaList With webpages – Conversate

28 Discover things! New books – Chainreading New music – Pandora Movies - Liveplasma

29 Podcasting and Video Create aural presentations Fun, new, easy to create Update users on the latest library news Library tours Create video presentations, share them on YouTube

30 In summary Outreach, outreach, outreach Users become partners Librarians become facilitators The library becomes a publisher Information becomes dynamic Change should be embraced Take control!

31 Thank you for listening! Phil Bradley

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