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  1. 1. Using Web 2.0 for improved information provision Phil Bradley http://www.philb.com 4 th May
  2. 2. What is Web 2.0? <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Wikipedia entry </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Yes… and? <ul><li>It’s a platform </li></ul><ul><li>It harnesses collective intelligence </li></ul><ul><li>Data can be used and re-used in many ways </li></ul><ul><li>Users are directly involved with development </li></ul><ul><li>It’s not limited to a single device </li></ul><ul><li>A rich user experience </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tim O’Reilly ‘ What is Web 2.0?’ </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Yes… but? <ul><li>“ It’s vacuous marketing hype” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Web 2.0 is totally silly” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Meaningless” </li></ul><ul><li>“ is made entirely of pretentious self serving morons.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ 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.” </li></ul>
  5. 5. So…? <ul><li>The Web as a platform </li></ul><ul><li>Collective intelligence </li></ul><ul><li>The end of the software cycle </li></ul><ul><li>Major change in the way we look at things </li></ul><ul><li>Old wine and new bottles? </li></ul>
  6. 6. Using RSS <ul><li>RSS is your friend </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Really Simple Syndication’ </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Rich Site Summary’ </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Read Some Stories’ </li></ul><ul><li>It’s a simple automated way of taking data in one format and turning it into something else, while keeping the content the same </li></ul>
  7. 7. What does it look like? <ul><li>My weblog </li></ul><ul><li>The RSS version </li></ul>
  8. 10. News reports from the BBC
  9. 11. Searching with MSN
  10. 12. More RSS options <ul><li>http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&q=hatfield+university </li></ul><ul><li>Librarian weblogs </li></ul><ul><li>FreePint bar messages </li></ul>
  11. 13. So, what else can I do with RSS? <ul><li>Add to content to webpages </li></ul><ul><li>Add content to a news aggregator </li></ul><ul><li>Add content to a start page </li></ul><ul><li>Keep current with comments and updates </li></ul><ul><li>In conclusion therefore… RSS brings data to you, and allows you to send it out to other places. </li></ul>
  12. 14. Weblogs <ul><li>Weblogs are no longer just ‘online diaries’ </li></ul><ul><li>Central repository for information </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Categories </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dated information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Search options </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Collate content from other places </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Amazon </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Flickr </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Swickis </li></ul></ul>
  13. 15. <ul><li>Keep current with information </li></ul><ul><li>Use appropriate search engines </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Technorati </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>IceRocket </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Google Blog Search </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Multiple authors </li></ul><ul><li>Privacy options </li></ul><ul><li>Wider access to your content </li></ul><ul><li>Using a news aggregator to keep on top </li></ul>
  14. 18. Podcasts <ul><li>Provide access to audio content </li></ul><ul><li>Guides/tours around a library </li></ul><ul><li>Content that can’t easily be made available in other formats </li></ul><ul><li>Content that is accessible on the move </li></ul><ul><li>Not time or place dependent. </li></ul>
  15. 19. Start Pages <ul><li>Pageflakes </li></ul><ul><li>Netvibes </li></ul><ul><li>Collate data into one place </li></ul><ul><li>Not machine dependent </li></ul><ul><li>Good for: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Links </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Email </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Search engines </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>RSS feeds </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Weather </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Etc… </li></ul></ul>
  16. 20. Start Pages
  17. 21. Using start pages <ul><li>Individually </li></ul><ul><li>As a group </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Share tabbed pages </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Alternative to email contact </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To Do lists </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Note pads </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Always immediately available </li></ul></ul>
  18. 22. Bookmarking <ul><li>Limited to a specific machine </li></ul><ul><li>Not informative </li></ul><ul><li>Difficult to find what you wan </li></ul><ul><li>Inflexible </li></ul><ul><li>Cannot easily share bookmarks </li></ul>
  19. 24. What are the alternatives? <ul><li>Del.icio.us </li></ul><ul><li>Diigo </li></ul><ul><li>Raw Sugar … </li></ul>
  20. 25. You can: <ul><li>Share your bookmarks </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Between computers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Between colleagues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Between users </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Create bookmark sets </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To supplement projects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To assist users </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Annotate (or tag) bookmarks </li></ul>
  21. 26. You can also <ul><li>Learn about other resources </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reddit </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Digg </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Del.icio.us popular </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Populicious </li></ul></ul>
  22. 27. More options <ul><li>FURL </li></ul><ul><li>SPURL </li></ul><ul><li>SQUIDOO </li></ul><ul><ul><li>All ‘bookmarks on speed’ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Indepth collections of your own material </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Not just limited to the URL or tags </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More flexibility </li></ul></ul>
  23. 29. Search builders <ul><li>Create your own search engines </li></ul><ul><li>Rollyo </li></ul><ul><li>Eurekster swicki and my version </li></ul><ul><li>Google custom search builder and my version </li></ul><ul><li>Yahoo search builder </li></ul>
  24. 30. Collaborate on knowledge
  25. 31. Creating communities <ul><li>Zimbio </li></ul><ul><li>Flickr </li></ul><ul><li>Grou.ps </li></ul><ul><li>Plum </li></ul><ul><li>Squidoo </li></ul><ul><li>Pageflakes </li></ul>
  26. 32. Wikis
  27. 33. Wikis <ul><li>LIS wiki </li></ul><ul><li>Library success wiki </li></ul><ul><li>Wikipedia </li></ul><ul><li>Peanut butter wiki </li></ul>
  28. 34. Instant Messenger Services
  29. 35. Consider Instant Messaging <ul><li>Always on </li></ul><ul><li>Always available </li></ul><ul><li>Can demonstrate an online search with Messenger </li></ul><ul><li>Easy to point to/link to resources </li></ul><ul><li>Incorporate video for face to face element </li></ul>
  30. 36. Collaborate <ul><li>On documents – Google docs </li></ul><ul><li>On spreadsheets - NumSum </li></ul><ul><li>With calendars - Planzo </li></ul><ul><li>With training - Jybe </li></ul><ul><li>With projects – MyWebDesktop </li></ul><ul><li>With To Do lists – TaDaList </li></ul><ul><li>With webpages – Conversate </li></ul>
  31. 37. Mashups <ul><li>Mixing two or more resources together in interesting or unexpected ways to create an entirely new or different information resource. </li></ul><ul><li>US Tornado history project </li></ul><ul><li>Warsaw mashup </li></ul><ul><li>Exeter college campus </li></ul>
  32. 38. <ul><li>Work with existing databases </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Go-go Google gadget </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Google books library look-up </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Second Life library </li></ul><ul><li>Talis competition entrants </li></ul><ul><li>More examples from Wikipedia </li></ul>
  33. 39. Combine everything! <ul><li>With RSS and other Web 2.0 resources anything can work with anything else </li></ul><ul><li>Content can be changed and manipulated into different formats that you control </li></ul><ul><li>Users can get involved </li></ul><ul><li>Geography doesn’t matter </li></ul><ul><li>Speed is easy </li></ul><ul><li>It’s not technical! </li></ul>
  34. 40. In summary <ul><li>Outreach, outreach, outreach </li></ul><ul><li>Users become partners </li></ul><ul><li>Librarians become facilitators </li></ul><ul><li>The library becomes a publisher </li></ul><ul><li>Information becomes dynamic </li></ul><ul><li>Change should be embraced </li></ul><ul><li>Take control! </li></ul>
  35. 41. Thank you for listening! <ul><li>Phil Bradley </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.philb.com </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.philbradley.typepad.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://philbradley.typepad.com/i_want_to/ </li></ul>