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  • 1. Web 2.0 Services: A Rich Toolbox for Information Professionals
    • Mihir Mahajan
    • [email_address]
    8 February 2008
  • 2. 8 February 2008
  • 3. Web circa 1995
    • Content publishers
      • Portals – Yahoo!, AOL
      • Websites and homepages
    • Finding content
      • Search engines – AltaVista, Ask Jeeves
      • Directory services – Yahoo!, Lycos
    • One way traffic from information providers to viewers
    8 February 2008
  • 4. What the Web does: Help connect people to information and other people
    • People are not just information consumers but also information producers
    • People are social
    • People want open access to information
    8 February 2008
  • 5. Web 2.0: An Interactive and Social Web
    • Open
      • Provide open access to information
    • Social
      • Develop, recognize and utilize connections between people
    • Participatory
      • User contributed content
    8 February 2008
  • 6. … but so were parts of the older Web!
    • Amazon.com product reviews
    • eBay feedback system
    • Commenting features on web sites
    8 February 2008
  • 7. Web 2.0 uses better tools…
    • Open interfaces make the Internet a platform
      • Maps – Google Maps
      • Metadata – Amazon.com, IMDB
      • Site APIs – eBay
    • RSS (Really Simple Syndication)
    • XML (eXtensible Markup Language)
    • JavaScript client side scripting
    8 February 2008
  • 8. … to develop better services! 8 February 2008 Application Web 1.0 Web 2.0 Photo sharing Yahoo! Photos Flickr, Picasa, Facebook Photos Music / content distribution mp3.com iTunes, Pandora, Joost Reference Britannica Online Wikipedia Library management Custom databases Facebook Books iRead, Librarything.com Personal pages Personal websites Blogging Event planning-RSVP Evite/ Email invites Upcoming.org, Facebook Events Content management/ publication Custom websites Drupal Content classification systems Taxonomy-based - Yahoo! directory Tagging – Flickr, del.icio.us Bookmarking Browser bookmarks del.icio.us, Digg.com Citation databases Procite, EndNote bibsonomy.org and many more…
  • 9. How are these services better?
    • Easy to set up, easy to learn, easy to use
    • Customizable, adapt to user needs
    • Open access, often open source
    • Fun to use!
    8 February 2008
  • 10. How you can use Web 2.0: Publish!
    • Blog is an easy-to-use publication medium
      • Reverse chronological posts
      • Can include text, images, multimedia
      • Can be tagged by topic, author, and other metadata
    • What can you use it for?
      • Organization wide news and announcements
      • Industry news updates
      • Training materials
      • .. blogs are flexible, use your imagination!
    • How?
      • Blog sites: Blogger, LiveJournal, Typepad
      • Blogging software: MovableType, WordPress
    8 February 2008
  • 11. How you can use Web 2.0: Share!
    • Share your recommendations
      • Bookmarking – del.icio.us
      • Bibliography – bibsonomy.org
      • Bookshelves – librarything.com
    • Set up collections, then share !
      • Photos – Flickr, Picasaweb
      • Videos – Youtube
    8 February 2008
  • 12. How you can use Web 2.0: Collaborate!
    • Set up your own wiki
      • Wiki hosting sites
      • Wiki software – MediaWiki, TikiWiki
    • Collaborate online
      • Google Apps
      • Google Calendar
    8 February 2008
  • 13. What others have done
    • Wikis for research collaboration
    • Facebook Causes
    • Google Maps + US Elections
    • Google Maps to show real-time updates of natural disasters
      • Hurricane Katrina
      • San Diego fires
    8 February 2008
  • 14. Web 2.0 is not a panacea 8 February 2008 Topic Issue Strategies for resolution Lack of permanence Most of Web 2.0 is new and evolving Tools you use today may not exist tomorrow Use popular tools backed by a strong user community Set up archival practices Privacy Inadvertent sharing of private information Implement a clear and consistent privacy practice Set user expectations of privacy Reliability of sources User contributed content not a substitute for a primary source Rely on primary sources Create user awareness about relative merits of different sources Copyright Content contributors may not hold/ assert copyright Be aware of online copyright issues and follow best practices

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