The Social Aspect Of Resource Discovery

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Talk on "The Social Aspect Of Resource Discovery" given by Brian Kelly, UKOLN. Note that this slidecast was prepared for a talk but was not used.


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  • 1. The Social Aspect Of Resource Discovery Brian Kelly, UKOLN University of Bath Bath, BA2 7AY UKOLN is supported by: This work is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 licence (but note caveat) Resources bookmarked using ‘ jisc-2008-11 ' tag Acceptable Use Policy Recording of this talk, taking photos, discussing the content using email, instant messaging, blogs, SMS, etc. is permitted providing distractions to others is minimised. Email [email_address] Blog site
  • 2. Contents
    • Resource discovery via:
      • Writing blog posts
      • Chatting with colleagues
      • Listening to people
      • Meeting new people
      • Sharing resources
    • using popular networked services
  • 3. A Blog as a Magnet For Content
    • I write blog posts – and this attracts content relevant to my areas of interest:
      • Comments
      • Referrer links
    • Note that I need do little more to write relevant content (the content comes to me – and I can even get in via RSS)
  • 4. The Incoming Links
    • Here’s a list on incoming links to be blog (and note the RSS feed of the links)
  • 5. An Example
    • I’ve an interest in how Web 2.0 may be used in schools, public libraries, etc.
    • A series of examples are delivered to be because I’ve previously written on this topic.
  • 6. Twitter
    • Twitter:
      • Meaningless or trivial drivel?
      • Contextualised and relevant snippets from my friends and colleagues?
      • Both of the above?
    • Note
      • A view of monolithic systems tends to impose a one-system-fits-all solutions
      • A view of personal learning/research environment allows users to select solutions which work for them.
  • 7. Twitter Example
    • I was speaking at the IAMIC 2008 Conference (International Association of Music Information Centres)
    • Twenty minutes before talk due to start I tweeted a request for example of Web 2.0 music sites
    • Here are some of the responses 
    • See <>
  • 8. My Slideshare Upload
    • Sharing resources on popular services (e.g. Slideshare) can help me to find new resources
    • Note the services need to be popular
  • 9. Related Slides
    • Here are related presentations with a Web2.0 tag.
  • 10.
    • Here are related presentations with a Web2.0 tag.
    Related Slides Perhaps more useful are presentations for more specialist areas such as those with a ‘digital-preservation’ tag.
  • 11. How Do I Find New Resources
    • How do I find new resources or gain new insights when:
      • Writing articles, blog posts, etc.
      • Writing peer-reviewed papers
      • Arrange trips (flights, hotels, etc.)
    • I tend to:
      • Use Google
      • Ask colleagues socially (over coffee, in the pub, …)
      • Listen to what people are saying (in blogs, in blog comments, on email, …)
      • Ask questions (in physical world and on Twitter, email, on my blog posts, …)
      • Follow links to me previous work
      • Follow links in related papers in conferences
  • 12. Finding New Resources
    • What I don’t do:
      • Use manual catalogues (won’t have latest stuff – except for finding hotels, etc
      • Use the library
      • Use institutional repositories
      • Use Athens, Shibboleth …
      • Use safe / quality services (too slow; too boring; too samey; …)
      • Use services with little content
  • 13. Conclusions
    • The social aspect of resource discovery:
      • Is natural to us all (e.g. finding new pubs, restaurants, etc.)
      • Requires little effort at the publishing/production side
      • Allows us to use services of proven popularity
      • Allows us to move on to new services without having to write off significant effort
      • Should be acknowledged as being of importance to the community