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A presentation I gave at the British Library for the CILIP International Group, October 2006

A presentation I gave at the British Library for the CILIP International Group, October 2006

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  • 1. New Technologies and Library Services – harnessing Web 2.0 to improve information provision. Phil Bradley Internet Consultant 24 th October 2006
  • 2. What problems do you already have?
    • Keeping current with the information flood
    • Updating other people – colleagues and clients
    • Is geography a problem?
  • 3. More problems!
    • Can users use the net properly?
    • Do your technical people help or hinder?
    • Does the internet appear to create problems than it solves
    • What are your problem order priorities?
  • 4. 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 entry
  • 5. 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?’
  • 6. 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.”
  • 7. So what do I think?
  • 8.
    • I don’t care!
  • 9. 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
  • 10. Weblogs as a user
    • Weblogs keep me up to date, within hours and minutes
    • They provide links to resources I might otherwise have missed
    • They provide expert analysis and opinion
    • Additional resources provide even more information
  • 11. Weblogs as a publisher
    • My weblog at http:// www.philbradley.typepad.com /
    • Direct way to update clients and colleagues
    • Centralised resource
    • No re-inventing the wheel
    • It’s immediate data delivery
  • 12.  
  • 13. Using RSS
    • RSS is your friend
    • ‘ Really Simple Syndication’
    • ‘ Rich Site Summary’
    • ‘ Read Some Stories’
    • It’s a simple automated way of taking data in one format and turning it into something else, while keeping the content the same
  • 14.  
  • 15.  
  • 16. News Aggregators
    • Bloglines
    • Collates data from a variety of sources
    • Displays it in a single coherent format
    • Allows very fast access to large amounts of data
    • Constantly being updated
    • Information is brought to me
  • 17.  
  • 18.  
  • 19. Creating community search engines
    • Rollyo
    • Eurekster swickis
    • Resultr
    • You decide on the resources searched
    • You can choose search terms
    • You create, users use
  • 20. Sharing resources
    • FURL
    • Squidoo
      • My Squidoo lenses
    • Share bookmarks with Del.icio.us
      • My Delicious bookmarks
      • Don’t forget RSS!
  • 21. Collaborate on knowledge
  • 22. Wikis
  • 23. Start Pages
  • 24. Use your voice!
    • Podcasting
  • 25. Instant Messenger Services
  • 26. Using Flickr
  • 27. Combine everything!
    • With RSS and other Web 2.0 resources anything can work with anything else
    • Content can be changed and manipulated into different formats that you control
    • Users can get involved
    • Geography doesn’t matter
    • Speed is easy
    • It’s not technical!
  • 28. Now… what’s first?
    • What tempts you the most?
    • What’s easiest to do?
    • What’s most useful?
    • What drawbacks are there?
    • How can they be overcome?
    • Time to talk!
  • 29. Roundup and questions
    • Anyone?
    • Anyone?
  • 30. Thank You!
    • Phil Bradley – Internet Consultant
      • http://www.philb.com
      • [email_address]
      • http:// www.philbradley.typepad.com /