Web Developments & Trends


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Speed tour web 2.0 and library 2.0 with blogs, RSS, based on stuff from Jenny Levine
Presentation & workshop at
Norwegian Knowledge Centre for the Health Services, Olso, January 15th 2007
NTNU Library (UBiT) Trondheim, January 17th & 18th 2007

Guus van den Brekel Coördinator Electronic Services, Central Medical Library University Medical Center Groningen
Blog: Digicmb.blogspot.com

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    1. 1. Web Trends and Developments Presentation & workshop at Norwegian Knowledge Centre for the Health Services Olso, January 15th 2007 & NTNU Library (UBiT) Trondheim, January 17th & 18th 2007 Guus van den Brekel Coördinator Electronic Services, Central Medical Library University Medical Center Groningen Website: www.rug.nl/umcg/bibliotheek Blog: Digicmb.blogspot.com
    2. 2. Speed Tour <ul><li>Web 2.0 & Library 2.0 </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs </li></ul><ul><li>RSS </li></ul><ul><li>Trends for 2007? </li></ul>
    3. 3. Web 2.0 <ul><li>Wikipedia: a perceived or proposed second generation of Internet -based services —such as social networking sites , wikis , communication tools, and folksonomies —that emphasize online collaboration and sharing among users. </li></ul>
    4. 4. <ul><li>I am SHARING and USING the following information, instead of making this up on my own, because it has been presented very well , by another colleague, who has put it on the Web. </li></ul><ul><li>But I had to choose from SO many ….. </li></ul>
    5. 6. Why should we care? <ul><li>• Online competition to libraries </li></ul><ul><li>• Alternative method of marketing </li></ul><ul><li>• Alternative method of communication </li></ul><ul><li>• Alternative publishing practices </li></ul><ul><li>• User awareness </li></ul><ul><li>• Efficiency </li></ul><ul><li>• “ Buzz” word right now </li></ul><ul><li>• Users are unaware or are creating alternatives to library resources </li></ul>Source: Exploring Libraries (...and our Users) in the Web 2.0 Realm / Brian C. Gray. NORASIST Annual Meeting Tuesday, October 24th, 2006
    6. 7. Web 2.0 Concepts <ul><li>– Collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>– Sharing </li></ul><ul><li>– Ownership </li></ul><ul><li>– Creation </li></ul><ul><li>– Web-based rather than software based </li></ul><ul><li>– Data/information </li></ul><ul><li>– Social </li></ul><ul><li>– Connections/relationships </li></ul><ul><li>– Trust </li></ul>
    7. 8. Web 2.0 Concepts <ul><li>– Enrichment </li></ul><ul><li>– Personal data </li></ul><ul><li>– Participation </li></ul><ul><li>– Decentralized </li></ul><ul><li>– User “tagged” or defined </li></ul><ul><li>– Experience </li></ul><ul><li>– Services </li></ul><ul><li>– Remixable </li></ul><ul><li>– Behavior </li></ul>
    8. 9. Library 2.0 <ul><li>• Coined by Michael Casey on his blog LibraryCrunch </li></ul><ul><li>• Some library contributors: </li></ul><ul><li>– Stephen Abram </li></ul><ul><li>– John Blyberg </li></ul><ul><li>– Michael E. Casey </li></ul><ul><li>– Jenny Levine </li></ul><ul><li>– Paul Miller </li></ul><ul><li>– Michael Stephens </li></ul>
    9. 11. Library 2.0 Concepts <ul><li>• Delivery </li></ul><ul><li>• Constant and purposeful change </li></ul><ul><li>• Adaptation </li></ul><ul><li>• User designed </li></ul><ul><li>• User created </li></ul><ul><li>• Participation </li></ul><ul><li>• User feedback </li></ul><ul><li>• 2-way information </li></ul><ul><li>• Reaching new users </li></ul>
    10. 12. And I share his warnings and thoughts also! <ul><li>• What do users want? </li></ul><ul><li>• Investment in technology and/or time </li></ul><ul><li>• What do users expect? </li></ul><ul><li>• What are users doing on their own? </li></ul><ul><li>• How can users contribute? </li></ul>
    11. 14. Blogs & RSS info is taken from: <ul><li>Engage Your Users with Blogs and RSS: Create Community, Take Your Content to Them Jenny Levine The Shifted Librarian American Library Association. [email_address] http://www.ticer.nl/06carte/program/3.htm </li></ul>
    12. 15. A “blog” (or “weblog”) is a web site that: <ul><li>is organized chronologically by date (newest entries are usually at the top); </li></ul><ul><li>self-archives by date (done by software); </li></ul><ul><li>is updated somewhat regularly with relatively short entries; </li></ul><ul><li>includes links, more links, and still more links; </li></ul><ul><li>uses a unique URL (called a “permalink”) for each individual post; </li></ul><ul><li>filters the information universe for you (voice); </li></ul><ul><li>provide an “RSS feed” that “syndicates” the content and lets you read posts in a separate reader called an “aggregator” (I come to you!) </li></ul>
    13. 16. 5 Easy Steps to Blogging <ul><li>1. Open a web browser </li></ul><ul><li>2. Log in to your blogging software </li></ul><ul><li>3. Go to “new/create entry” </li></ul><ul><li>4. Type text in a box </li></ul><ul><li>5. Click submit button </li></ul><ul><li>THAT’S ALL FOLKS! </li></ul>
    14. 17. Blog Software <ul><li>http://www.blogger.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.movabletype.org/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://wordpress.org/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://drupal.org/ </li></ul><ul><li>… . </li></ul>
    15. 18. What Blogs Do for You <ul><li>Blogs help “tell your story” to your audience </li></ul><ul><li>What’s new </li></ul><ul><li>Staff communication & knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Information literacy </li></ul><ul><li>Repackaging information you’re already disseminating </li></ul><ul><li>Community </li></ul><ul><li>“ Voice” – humanizes your institution </li></ul>
    16. 19. Blogs to manage internal knowledge <ul><li>K-logs – knowledge sharing http://groups.yahoo.com/group/klogs/ </li></ul><ul><li>Project management </li></ul><ul><li>Collective backup brain </li></ul>
    17. 20. Libraries and Blogging: The Next Level (1) <ul><li>UThink: University of Minnesota Libraries http://blog.lib.umn.edu/ </li></ul><ul><li>Western Springs History – http://westernspringshistory.org/ </li></ul><ul><li>WPopac – http ://www.plymouth.edu/library/opac/ http://wpopac.blogs.plymouth.edu/ </li></ul>
    18. 21. Libraries and Blogging: The Next Level (2) <ul><li>Libraries are hosting/controlling blog & wiki software within organizations </li></ul><ul><li>Offer it to staff and students fro free </li></ul>
    19. 22. Advantages of Blogging <ul><li>Distributes the workload </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t need to know HTML or an editing program </li></ul><ul><li>Can update your site from anywhere </li></ul><ul><li>Lets you concentrate on content, not the process </li></ul><ul><li>Makes your site more dynamic (how much of your site changes? 10%?) </li></ul><ul><li>Helps you stay current </li></ul>
    20. 23. Disadvantages of Blogging <ul><li>Distributes the workload, but that means more people have to commit to adding content </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t need to know HTML or an editing program, but there is a slight learning curve </li></ul><ul><li>Can update your site from anywhere as long as you have a web browser and internet access </li></ul><ul><li>Lets you concentrate on content, not the process, but you need to have content </li></ul><ul><li>Makes your site more dynamic, but only if you keep updating it </li></ul><ul><li>Danger of information overload </li></ul>
    21. 24. Further Resources: Blogging <ul><li>Blog Software Breakdown --http://www.asymptomatic.net/blogbreakdown.htm </li></ul><ul><li>Why and How to Use Blogs to Promote Your Library’s Services --http://www.infotoday.com/mls/nov03/fichter.shtml </li></ul><ul><li>Overview of the Weblog Tools Market – http://tinyurl.com/67bpn </li></ul><ul><li>Weblogs: Do They Belong in Libraries? --http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/area-dna-155ue40/public-libraries/ </li></ul><ul><li>Time to Check: Are You Using the Right Blogging Tool? --http://www.ojr.org/ojr/stories/050714gardner/ </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs for Libraries --http://webjunction.org/do/DisplayContent?id=767 </li></ul><ul><li>Dr. L. Anne Clyde’s Internet Courses: Weblogs --http://www.hi.is/~anne/weblogs.html </li></ul><ul><li>Blog Glossary – http://www.samizdata.net/blog/glossary.html </li></ul><ul><li>BlogBib -- http://blog-bib.blogspot.com/ </li></ul>
    22. 26. RSS is : <ul><li>really hard to describe </li></ul><ul><li>a form of XML </li></ul><ul><li>stands for : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Rich Site Summary </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>RDF Site Summary </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Really Simple Syndication </li></ul></ul><ul><li>is best understood when you actually use it! </li></ul>
    23. 27. Some facts <ul><li>RSS is really for machines to read, not humans. </li></ul><ul><li>It’s an XML schema </li></ul><ul><li>The RSS file updates itself automatically. </li></ul><ul><li>Atom = syndication (http://www.atomenabled.org/) </li></ul><ul><li>You can tell there is an RSS “feed” if you see: </li></ul><ul><li>“ Syndicate this site” </li></ul>
    24. 28. You need an aggregator <ul><li>Desktop or web-based </li></ul><ul><li>http://allrss.com/rssreaders.html </li></ul>
    25. 31. My favourites <ul><li>Bloglines </li></ul><ul><li>Netvibes </li></ul>
    26. 32. Advantages of RSS <ul><li>Did I mention fewer clicks make you more efficient? </li></ul><ul><li>Works well for reading frequently OR infrequently updated sites </li></ul><ul><li>No spam (yet) </li></ul><ul><li>Starting to see ads, mostly text-based, but not as bad as the web </li></ul><ul><li>Started with tech pubs (InfoWorld, PC World, Engadget), now expanding but incentive for moderation </li></ul><ul><li>No pop-up ads, no full-screen ads </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t go blind trying to read blue text on a pink background </li></ul>
    27. 33. Disadvantages of RSS <ul><li>Some feeds only provide headlines or an excerpt </li></ul><ul><li>Not everything is RSS-ified yet </li></ul><ul><li>Your subscription list can keep growing and growing and growing (Jenny=250, wavesmash=1847) </li></ul><ul><li>Few customization options (this is changing) </li></ul><ul><li>Little filtering by keyword (this is changing) </li></ul><ul><li>Difficult to synchronize aggregator between multiple computers (future is web-based) </li></ul><ul><li>Learning curve (XM-RS-what?) </li></ul>
    28. 34. Ways to find feeds <ul><li>Syndic8 – http://www.syndic8.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>NewsIsFree – http://www.newsisfree.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>BlogStreet – http://www.blogstreet.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>2RSS.com – http://www.2rss.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>RSS Explorer (Windows IE only) -- </li></ul><ul><li>http://rssexplorer.planet-hood.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>SciencePort -- http://scienceport.org/ </li></ul><ul><li>Technorati – http://www.technorati.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Feedster – http://www.feedster.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>PubSub – http://www.pubsub.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>……… </li></ul>
    29. 35. <ul><li>http://www.libworm.com/ </li></ul>
    30. 38. <ul><li>RSS </li></ul><ul><li>Structured data, microformats </li></ul><ul><li>Widgets & Gadgets, extensions, add-on's and plugins </li></ul><ul><li>Web Office Google v Microsoft Zoho, Zimbra,Thinkfree </li></ul><ul><li>Browser-based applications </li></ul>Web Trends 2007 (1)
    31. 39. Web Trends 2007 (2) <ul><li>Search 2.0 </li></ul><ul><li>Vertical Search Engines Google health Google Code Windows Live </li></ul><ul><li>SearchMash.com (by Google again) </li></ul>
    32. 40. Top Ten Technologies for Libraries to embrase <ul><li>RSS </li></ul><ul><li>Weblogs </li></ul><ul><li>Wiki's </li></ul><ul><li>IM : Instant Messaging </li></ul><ul><li>Podcasting </li></ul><ul><li>OpenSource Software </li></ul><ul><li>SMS Text Messaging </li></ul><ul><li>Social Software </li></ul><ul><li>User-created content </li></ul><ul><li>Mashing-up services </li></ul>
    33. 41. My Tool Box <ul><li>Blogger </li></ul><ul><li>Delicious </li></ul><ul><li>Technorati </li></ul><ul><li>CiteSeer </li></ul><ul><li>CiteUlike </li></ul><ul><li>Digg </li></ul><ul><li>Flickr, </li></ul><ul><li>YouTube </li></ul><ul><li>FreeMind </li></ul><ul><li>FF, GreaseMonkey </li></ul><ul><li>SlideShare.com </li></ul><ul><li>Google Gmail, Chat </li></ul><ul><li>Conduit </li></ul><ul><li>Snippy </li></ul><ul><li>Snap Desktop Toolbar </li></ul><ul><li>Yahoo Widgets </li></ul><ul><li>Windows Live </li></ul><ul><li>Netvibes </li></ul><ul><li>Bloglines </li></ul>