"Enthusiastic Amateurs and Overcoming Institutional Inertia"

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Slides for talk on "Enthusiastic Amateurs and Overcoming Institutional Inertia" given by Brian Kelly, UKOLN at the Mashed Libraries 2009 ('Mash Oop North') event.

See http://www.ukoln.ac.uk/web-focus/events/workshops/mashed-library-2009/

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  • 1. http://www.ukoln.ac.uk/web-focus/events/workshops/mashed-library-2009/ Mashed Library “Oop North” 2009: Enthusiastic Amateurs and Overcoming Institutional Inertia Brian Kelly Acceptable Use Policy UKOLN Recording of this talk, taking photos, University of Bath discussing the content using email, Bath, UK instant messaging, blogs, SMS, etc. is permitted providing distractions to Email: others is minimised. b.kelly@ukoln.ac.uk Twitter: Blog: http://twitter.com/briankelly/ http://ukwebfocus.wordpress.com/ Resources bookmarked using ‘mashlib09' tag UKOLN is supported by: This work is licensed under a Attribution- NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 licence A centre of expertise in digital information management (but note caveat)
  • 2. Introduction About Me Brian Kelly: • National Web adviser to UK Universities and cultural heritage organisations • Based at UKOLN, a national centre of expertise in digital information management and located at the University of Bath • Involved in Web since January 1993 • Current area of interest include Web 2.0, Web standards and Web accessibility • Not a developer (though used to write Algol, Fortran, Basic and Cobol!) A centre of expertise in digital information management 2
  • 3. Mashups Are Exciting! Innovation Competition at IWMW 2008 attracted several good examples of mashups, including several from Mike Ellis A centre of expertise in digital information management 3
  • 4. Mashups Are Exciting! Thumbnails of UK HEI Web pages, generated automatically using Thumbalizr (Note I did this manually in early days of Web) A centre of expertise in digital information management 4
  • 5. Mashups Are Exciting! Google Custom Search Engine (GCSE) of UK University sites “Why? I dunno either?” Joke at my Scottish HEI GCSE page  Note JISC proposal for this in late 1990s A centre of expertise in digital information management 5
  • 6. Mashups Are Exciting! Google Earth view of of UK Universities Why? A centre of expertise in digital information management 6
  • 7. Mashups Are Exciting! Tony Hirst’s submission to IWMW 2008 innovation competition Note: • Mashup (using RSS, Yahoo Pipes, & Dipity) • Documentation on blog Display of effectiveness of media releases (how they are picked up by news & centre of expertise in digital information management A in blogosphere) 7
  • 8. Documenting The Mashups Tony Hirst’s blog post about his IWMW 2008 submission includes documentation of what he did and screen shots of tools used A centre of expertise in digital information management 8
  • 9. Bring Down The Government! Tony Hirst has written (& documented) multiple mashup examples making use of public sector data (e.g. Guardian APIs): • Formula 1 data • MPs expenses • … Note interview in journalism.co.uk A centre of expertise in digital information management 9
  • 10. D What About You? Some questions: • Will your mashup expertise thrive after today? • What should be different after today? • What barriers do you envisage? • Will you be able to demonstrate value for attending ‘Mash Oop North’? (cf evidence for MP’s expenses!) A centre of expertise in digital information management 10
  • 11. Advocacy Your convinced (to some extent) of: • The value of data reuse • The benefits of light-weigh development • … You can: • Promote this to senior managers • Encourage these approaches by your developers • … What else? A centre of expertise in digital information management 11
  • 12. Encouraging Greater Openness You’re convinced (to some extent) of allowing others to access your data & reuse of other’s data You can: • Minimise legal barriers to reuse of your data (e.g. CC0 & PDDL licences) • Use reusable formats (e.g. XML, not PDF) • Encourage a risk management attitude for your developers e.g. Oppenheim formula: R=AxBxCxD What else? A centre of expertise in digital information management 12
  • 13. Providing Documentation You’ve a great mashup service – but developer leaves (dies): • “Did he say anything about the source code? • “Anyone know if there’s any documentation” How about encouraging open documentation e.g. using a blog (open to peer review) A centre of expertise in digital information management 13
  • 14. Sharing Experiences Some additional thoughts: • Sharing experiences • Allowing and permitting • Engaging with others (peers, users, policy makers, …) • Driving down costs (e.g. negotiations with vendors) What else? A centre of expertise in digital information management 14
  • 15. Critical Friends Remember, though, that developers may get it wrong! Acting as a Critical Friend may be helpful A centre of expertise in digital information management 15
  • 16. Questions? A centre of expertise in digital information management 16