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Useful Online Software

  1. 1. a Useful Online Software: Learn how to make Web 2.0 work for your library! New Hampshire Library Association Spring Conference May 18, 2007
  2. 2. Web 2.0 <ul><li>Web 2.0 is based on the idea that the Web is more than a place to find information from “official” sources. </li></ul><ul><li>Web 2.0 is built on the concept of individuals being able to </li></ul><ul><ul><li>create their own content, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>share that content with others, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>and connect with people who share their interests. </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Web As Productivity Tool
  4. 4. Web-based Software However, now many similar programs reside completely online! In the past, software resided solely on your computer. (And most software still does!)
  5. 5. Desktop-based Software All of your programs and information is stored at your computer. No Web access needed.
  6. 6. Web-based Software Your software and data are stored online and accessed via the Web.
  7. 7. Web = Computing Platform <ul><li>Web 1.0: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Your computer’s hardware was the sole computing platform. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Web 2.0: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Web has become a computing platform. </li></ul></ul>Web Spreadsheets Blogs Email Word Processing
  8. 8. Web-based Software <ul><li>Word Processors that are compatible with MS Word and Open Office. </li></ul><ul><li>File Storage that works like your Windows Explorer. </li></ul><ul><li>Spreadsheets that do everything MS Excel does. </li></ul><ul><li>Photo editing that is much easier to use than Photoshop! </li></ul><ul><li>Databases that can be very powerful. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Software or Website? <ul><li>In many cases… </li></ul><ul><li>Both! </li></ul>
  10. 10. Web-based Software Webware
  11. 11. Synonyms (at least for this presentation…) <ul><li>Applications = Software = Programs </li></ul><ul><li>Online software = Web-based software = Webware = Webapp </li></ul>
  12. 12. How is it possible? <ul><li>What makes it possible for a Website to work as a computer program? </li></ul><ul><li>Consumers have more bandwidth and faster computers. </li></ul><ul><li>Internet programmers use a new programming technique: Ajax. </li></ul>
  13. 13. AJAX <ul><li>AJAX = Asynchronous JavaScript and XML </li></ul><ul><li>Ajax is a programming technique, or many different technologies working together. </li></ul><ul><li>Unlike traditional HTML web pages that must reload the entire page when updating user input, applications using Ajax can constantly update small amounts of information. </li></ul><ul><li>JavaFX & Silverlight are two newer techniques. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Ajax Demo
  15. 15. Advantages to Webware or Why Librarians (Should) Love Web-based Applications
  16. 16. Web 2.0 + Libraries = Terrific Service! <ul><li>Web 2.0 is perfect for libraries, librarians and our patrons, alike! </li></ul><ul><li>Our library patrons, like us, work, study, and get news and entertainment from many different locations (computers). </li></ul>
  17. 17. No Downloads Required <ul><li>Remember, the Web , not your computer, is the computing platform! </li></ul>Advantage #1:
  18. 18. Better Access to Applications & Data <ul><li>Your patrons’ information and programs are available from any Internet-connected computer. </li></ul>Advantage #2
  19. 19. Expand Library Services for Free <ul><li>There is an ever growing variety of programs available (many of which your library would not be able to easily - or cheaply - provide on your patron computers). </li></ul><ul><li>Most online programs are free or available to a single user at a reasonable cost. </li></ul>Advantage #3
  20. 20. Incorporating the Web <ul><li>Libraries have been using Websites as reference sources and have been incorporating online information into their collections for years now. </li></ul><ul><li>Why not add online productivity tools to library services? </li></ul>
  21. 21. Webware Is Easy To Use <ul><li>Office-type Webware has been specifically developed to look like and work like traditional software. </li></ul><ul><li>Most other Webware (photo editing or video uploading, for instance) was developed to be easy to learn and use! </li></ul>Advantage #4
  22. 22. Useful Online Software for Libraries
  23. 23. Webware in Today’s Presentation <ul><li>Word processing </li></ul><ul><li>Spreadsheets </li></ul><ul><li>File Storage </li></ul><ul><li>Photo Editing </li></ul><ul><li>Video Editing </li></ul><ul><li>(Scrapblog) </li></ul>
  24. 24. Web-based Word Processing <ul><li>Google Docs </li></ul><ul><li>Zoho Writer </li></ul>
  25. 25. Online File Storage <ul><li>Like a hard drive that can be accessed anywhere. </li></ul><ul><li>Box.net </li></ul><ul><li>Yahoo Briefcase </li></ul><ul><li>Others </li></ul>
  26. 26. Web-based Spreadsheets <ul><li>Google Docs & Spreadsheets </li></ul><ul><li>Zoho Sheets </li></ul>
  27. 27. Web-based Databases <ul><li>DabbleDB </li></ul>
  28. 28. Web-based Photo Editors
  29. 29. Web-based Photo Editors <ul><li>Picnik </li></ul><ul><li>Phixr </li></ul><ul><li>Pxn8 </li></ul>
  30. 30. Web-based Presentations <ul><li>Zoho </li></ul><ul><li>Spresent </li></ul>
  31. 31. Web-based Website Creators <ul><li>Weebly </li></ul><ul><li>Google Page Creator </li></ul>
  32. 32. Web-based Video Editing <ul><li>Jumpcut </li></ul><ul><li>Photobucket </li></ul>
  33. 33. Web-based Desktops <ul><li>Web developers are creating online software that appears similar to your conventional desktop. </li></ul><ul><li>These desktop programs include word processors, online file storage, email, chat, blogs, RSS reader, address book, and even a simple MP3 player. </li></ul>
  34. 34. Future Trends <ul><li>Webware will continue to expand and improve. </li></ul><ul><li>Even Adobe is jumping into the Web-game with a video editing tool already available in Photobucket. They also plan to make Photoshop available online. </li></ul><ul><li>Growing trend of online/offline applications </li></ul>
  35. 35. Reference <ul><li>http://www.aventureforth.com/2005/09/06/top-10-ajax-applications/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.techcrunch.com/2007/05/08/sun-responds-to-ajax-silverlight-with-javafx/ </li></ul>

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