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  • 1. Intro to Web 2.0 Using Blogs, RSS and Wikis in the Workplace Presented by: Paul Clark email:
  • 2. Background
    • Berners-Lee envisioned a read/write web
      • We weren’t ready in the 1990’s for such a big step
      • We started with a read-only web – a place where everyone could read whatever they wanted, but only a select few (programmers) could write web pages. This was Web 1.0.
  • 3. Enter Web 2.0
    • Web 2.0 or the Read/Write Web fulfills Berners-Lee’s original vision for the WWW
    • The introduction of tools like blogs, wikis, and RSS have made it so that anyone can write to the web
    • The question is – how can you use these tools to better work-flow in your office?
  • 4. Blogs & Wikis
    • Blogs
      • Updated by one or more set authors
      • Regularly updated
      • Used for journal-like content
      • Made up of posts
      • Posts sorted reverse chronologically
      • Sometimes allows for comments
      • Updates delivered via RSS
    • Wikis
      • Anyone can edit
      • Updated as needed
      • Used for collaboration on a single project
      • Made of up of linked pages
      • Little or no structure
      • Sometimes allows for comments
      • Updates delivered via RSS
  • 5. RSS
    • Short for “Real Simple Syndication”
    • Originally used to syndicate content from another web site on your own
    • Now most commonly used to deliver web related updates
    • Makes it easy to keep up with content from news sites, blogs, wikis, and web sites without visiting them every day
    • Requires an RSS Aggregator to use
  • 6. RSS Aggregators
    • Also known as RSS Readers
    • Consider this your inbox for web content
    • Come in online and desktop varieties
      • Online readers allow you to access your subscriptions from any computer
      • Desktop readers are only accessible from your computer
    • Most popular reader is Bloglines
  • 7. Finding Blogs
    • Ask your colleagues (word of mouth)
    • See what others are reading
    • Browse blog directories
    • Use blog search engines
  • 8. Some Places to Start
    • Search
      • Blogdigger -
      • Bloglines -
      • Google Blog Search -
      • Syndica8 -
      • Technorati -
    • Browse
      • Legal Blawgs (from Rutgers
      • Law Blogs (from U of Akron
      • Law Blogs (from Internet Public Library)
      • Law Blogs (from Jenkins Law Library)
      • Law List
      • Legal Information Weblogs
  • 9. Start Your Own Blog
    • There are 2 blogging options to consider
    • Remotely Hosted
      • Stored on someone else’s server
      • May have a cost associated with it
      • Limited control
      • Easy to learn
    • Locally Hosted
      • Technical skills required
      • Your own web server required (will cost money
      • Complete control
      • More of a learning curve
  • 10. Blogging Options
    • Remotely Hosted: Free
    • Remotely Hosted: Fee Based
    • Locally Hosted: Free
    • Locally Hosted: Fee Based
      • Moveable Type ( )
  • 11. Start Your Own Wiki
    • Wiki packages offer the same 2 options that blog packages offer
      • Remotely hosted
      • Locally hosted
    • Like anything else hosting your wiki locally will allow for more control over who can edit and read pages
      • This option works very well for promoting collaboration in your office
  • 12. Wiki Options
    • Remotely Hosted: Free
    • Locally Hosted: Free
      • PhpWiki ( )
  • 13. Conclusion
    • Web 2.0 technologies have made it much easier for us to communicate and collaborate across borders.
    • With the use of the technologies discussed here you will be able to keep up with the profession in a more organized fashion.
    • Blogs & Wikis are more than just a fad, they’re a new way to communication and collaborate effectively with others in our profession.
  • 14. Contact Information
    • Paul Clark
    • [email_address] 517.574.5278