Web 2.0: The Revolution

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This presentation for Regina Public Library staff in Saskatchewan Canada was meant to introduce Web 2.0, both as a concept as well as some of the main web sites that are at the forefront of web 2.0 …

This presentation for Regina Public Library staff in Saskatchewan Canada was meant to introduce Web 2.0, both as a concept as well as some of the main web sites that are at the forefront of web 2.0 services.

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  • 1. Welcome to the Web 2.0 Revolution! Presented by Trudi Stafford © Regina Public Library January 26, 2009
  • 2. Topics for discussion
    • A Brief Introduction: What the heck is Web 2.0?
    • Wading into the Web 2.0 waters
    • Some cool tools and gadgets (quick overview!)
    • The Blogosphere – blogs, bloggers, blogging
    • Wiki –mania
    • Keeping up with it all: RSS / XML feeds
    • Facebook
  • 3. Topics for discussion con’t
    • Booksharing: g oodreads
    • Photosharing: Flickr
    • Videosharing: YouTube
    • Sharing bookmarks: del-icio-us
    • Podcasts
    • The IM culture: Instant Messaging and Meebo
    • Wrap-up and conclusions. Questions?
    • TODAY’S THEME: What does this have to do with me? With the library? Why should I care?
  • 4. Web 2.0 – some basic definitions
    • The 2nd generation of the World Wide Web, especially the movement away from static webpages to dynamic and shareable content (en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Web_2.0)
    • A term that refers to a supposed 2 nd generation of Internet-based services. These usually include tools that let people collaborate and share (searchenginewatch.com/showPage.html)
    • The use of World Wide Web technology and web design that aims to facilitate creativity, information sharing, and … collaboration among users (www.anvilmedia.com/search-engine-marketing-glossary.html)
  • 5. What the heck is Web 2.0?
    • Key phrase:
    • “ Social Networking”
    • Web 2.0 technologies bring together (and connect) a global community
    • Think:
    • conversation, collaboration, and social connection
  • 6. Web 2.0 / Social networking tools allow for:
    • individuals to become creators and distributors of information.
    • individuals to participate in on-going learning and content creation .
    • Be it with friends and family, colleagues and associates, within our places of work or on our free time at home.
  • 7. It’s a Web 2.0 Revolution!
    • Web 2.0 tools have become a universal pastime crossing gender, age, cultural and class boundaries.
    • THE GREAT EQUALIZER : the potential exists for everyone to have a voice; Web 2.0 provides the means to share with the world a vision, opinions and / or expertise (i.e. the rise of “ citizen journalism” )
    • … everywhere there’s a computer anyway…
  • 8. The Web 2.0-sphere
    • WHO is social networking?
    • WHAT are they social networking about?
    • Everyone!
    • Everything!
  • 9. The Who
    • Parents
    • Teachers
    • Politicians
    • Teenagers
    • Grandmothers
    • Mailmen
    • Mechanics
    • Doctors
    • Clergy
    • Librarians
    • YOU!
  • 10. The What
    • If you can think of a topic or situation, chances are someone is engaged in some sort of social networking about it.
    • politics
    • religion
    • food
    • travel
    • books
    • art
    • movies
    • music
    • health
    • marriage
    • getting divorced
    • dogs, cats, kids…
  • 11.  
  • 12. Some cool tools & gadgets
    • Sometimes it’s all about the hardware!
    • Personal Digital Assistant (PDA):
    • From Blackberry to iTouch
    • PDA: refers to wireless, handheld computers that provide access to: email, phone, corporate data, internet, messaging and organizer features
    • Blackberry -- nicknamed “Crackberry” because of its highly addictive nature
  • 13. Blackberry vs . iTouch
  • 14. Tools & Gadgets con’t
    • iPods vs . MP3 / MP4 players:
    • Portable music devices that enable users to listen & download digital music, pictures, podcasts and videos
    • MP3 (audio) and MP4 (audio & video) are specific file formats
    • An iPod is a specific brand of MP3 / MP4 player produced by Apple Inc.
  • 15. iPods vs . MP3 / MP4 devices
  • 16. Tools & Gadgets con’t
    • Memory cards:
    • Storage device used to store data, such as picture and movie files
    • Used in digital cameras, music players, game consoles, etc.
  • 17. Universal Serial Bus (USB): A tool by any other name…
    • Flash drives / USB drives / memory keys, sticks or pens:
    • Portable storage device that plugs into a USB port.
    • Transfers data between two devices using their USB ports / drives
  • 18. Tools & Gadgets & Gaming
    • Video Gaming Systems:
    • According to the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), computer and video game software sales reached $9.5 billion in 2007
    • According to Jenny Levine (Shifted Librarian), there are approx. 90 million gamers aged 35 & under; 77 million gamers that are considered “Boomers”
    • Hottest Christmas toy of 2007 was the Nintendo Wii
  • 19. Nintendo Wii
    • Motion sensor controllers
    • Oriented towards families or first-time gamers
  • 20. Library applications for gaming
    • Bringing the community together
    • Seniors
    • Teens
    • Families
  • 21. Gaming @ RPL… yes, it’s here
    • Wii Will Wii Will Rock You!
    • RPL has purchased a Wii gaming system and has incorporated it into teen programming (with talks of extending into seniors’ programming).
    • Other libraries and gaming:
    • Edmonton Public Library
    • Sudbury Public Library
    • Online Eduction Database (OEDb)
  • 22. What do all of these gadgets have in common?
    • Everything rolled into a single device – e.g. phone, camera, music, internet, newspapers, games, day planner etc.
    • Idea of being “plugged in” and sharing with other people – WiFi capability
    • Larger memory capabilities
    • Portability
    • Affordability
    • Ease of use
  • 23. What is a blog anyway?
    • WEB + LOG = BLOG
    • Concise OED defines blog as: “a personal website on which an individual records opinions, links to other sites, etc. on a regular basis”
    • Entries are called posts and appear in reverse chronological order (newest first)
    • Posts are archived by date for future access
    • Posts are organized by categories or tagging to aid browsing / navigation
  • 24. Blogs con’t
    • Blogs are intended to be interactive
    • Readers can leave comments, provide their points of view, agree or disagree with the blog’s “owner” thereby contributing to the blog’s overall content.
    • Privacy settings will ensure that your blog is viewed only by the people you invite to your blog space .
    • Commoncraft: Blogs in Plain English
  • 25. Anatomy of a blog
    • Let’s take a look:
    • Travel diaries , political ramblings , cat lovers , booklovers , teachers , collectors , businesses , non-profit organizations , sport fans , museums , health advocates , breaking news, hobbyists …
  • 26. To Blog or Not To Blog
    • Why blog?
    • 1. It’s fun!
    • 2. Blogs are a great way to express your opinions and share ideas with loved ones, friends, or if you choose, the world.
    • 3. You will sharpen your writing skills.
    • 4. It’s a great way to connect with people with similar likes, passions, life circumstances, etc.
    • 5. Makes the world a much smaller place!
    • 6. Blogging is like a journal, scrapbook, memoir, and manifesto all rolled into one.
  • 27. Blogging: Fun, easy, free …
    • Thanks to hosting sites like Blogger.com and WordPress setting up and maintaining a blog is not only easy, but more importantly, free .
    • Blogger.com
    • One of the most popular blog publishers.
    • Bought by Google in 2003.
  • 28. Finding blogs on the Web
    • With so many blogs out
    • there, how do you find
    • what’s right for you?
  • 29. Blogs - Continued…
    • Blogs have gone mainstream
    • Rise of specialized search engines such as Technorati and Bloglines to find blogs
    • As of December 2007, blog search engine Technorati was tracking more than 112 million blogs.
  • 30. Finding blogs con’t
    • Basic Google Search
  • 31. Award Sites for Blogs
    • Performancing Blog Awards
    • Blogger’s Choice
    • Awards
  • 32. Blogs @ the library: application and value
    • Connecting with online users
    • Inviting participation and collaboration
    • Marketing and promotion of collections and programming
    • Traditional print resources: take longer to produce & update
    • (think bookmarks, reading lists and subject guides)
    • Blogs: content created quickly and easily updated (currency)
    • Automatic archiving
    • Cheap / cost-efficient
    • The Blogging Libraries Wiki
  • 33. Readers’ Advisory and blogging
    • Reading Rants: http://www.readingrants.org/
    • Morton Grove Public Library
    • Blogs: http://www.webrary.org/inside/blogs.html
    • By the Book blog: http://mgplbythebook.blogspot.com/
    • Regina Public Library Blogs
  • 34. What in the world is a wiki ?
    • Short for the Hawaiian term “wiki wiki” which means, “quick”
    • Online website where the writer and the reader can both create & edit the content
    • Note: this is different from a blog where it’s usually only the blogger who can write & edit the content. In a wiki environment, the reader becomes the “author”
    • In many cases, you will need to log in before making any changes to a wiki page
  • 35. Wiki s…
    • What makes a Wiki unique is that it enables multiple people to see and collaboratively edit the same page/document, in the same ‘place.’ - everything from a small edit, to creating new pages or sections in a time efficient manner.
    • NOT email – NOT blogs – NOT a bulletin board or forum.
    • Think a series of linked index cards!
  • 36. Wiki s …
    • are web sites that are collaboratively written by their readers -- where readers are authors and authors are readers.
    • have no (or little) approval process and can go direct to the Web.
    • are about the flow of information among individuals
    • increase participation – moving from passive readers to active participants
  • 37. Wiki s … the many uses of …
    • People use wikis for a variety of reasons:
    • Trip planning
    • Reading or shopping lists
    • Instructional / subject guides
    • Homework assignments
    • Business meetings
    • CommonCraft: Wikis in Plain English
  • 38. The most famous Wiki of all www.wikipedia.org
    • The biggest multilingual free-content encyclopedia on the Internet
    • Over 12 million articles in over 200 languages (2.7 million in English)
    • Articles have been written (and edited) collaboratively by volunteers from around the world
  • 39. Where can I make my Wiki?
    • The most popular “wiki engines” or hosting sites are:
    • pb wiki (short for peanut butter)
    • wetpaint
    • mediawiki
  • 40. Wiki s at the library …
    • Connecting with online users
    • Inviting participation and collaboration
    • Marketing and promotion of collections and programming
    • Traditional print resources slower to produce
    • think bookmarks, reading lists and subject guides
    • Current and quickly and easily updated
    • Automatic archiving
    • Cheap / cost-efficient
  • 41. Library application continued
    • Wiki Subject Guides
    • Collaborative (workload can be shared)
    • Current (print can become quickly out of date)
    • Easy to maintain, edit and update
    • RPL Subject Guides
  • 42. Facebook
    • Facebook is a social networking site
    • Social networking = web sites/services enabling a user to connect with family, friends, and colleagues sharing common interests
    • Launched in 2004, the site was developed by Mark Zuckerberg, a Harvard University student
  • 43. Putting a face on Facebook…
    • As of January 9, 2009, Facebook has more than 150 million users worldwide
    • Most popular social networking site in Canada with more than 7 million active users
    • An average of 250, 000 new users register each day
    • Note: In addition to individuals, many universities, libraries, non-profit organizations and businesses also have Facebook accounts
  • 44.  
  • 45. Why are people going there?
    • To stay in contact with family, friends, former classmates, etc.
    • To meet new people who share similar activities or interests (join groups)
    • To exchange photos and video clips
    • To play online games
  • 46. Fun Things to Do on Facebook
    • Application Fever! http://www.facebook.com/apps/
    • We’re Related
  • 47. Facebook applications continued
    • Visual Bookshelf
    • Cities I’ve Visited
  • 48. RSS feeds: Keeping up with it all
    • RSS = Really Simple Syndication
    • Available wherever you see this symbol:
    • Allows you to see when websites (including blogs and wikis) have added new content
    • You get the latest headlines, postings or updates in one place, as soon as its posted, without having to visit the websites, blogs, etc.
    • Users needs to subscribe to an RSS reader or aggregator such as Google Reader, Bloglines, Firefox, etc .
  • 49. RSS feeds: Fast, effective, free
    • YESTERDAY:
    • You search for the information you want
    • TODAY:
    • Information is delivered to you by subscription
    • CommonCraft: RSS in Plain English
  • 50. Brought to you by the letter “S”
    • Sharing, sharing and more sharing…
    • Booksharing – goodreads
    • Photosharing – Flickr
    • Videosharing – YouTube / EduTube
    • Bookmark sharing – Del.icio.us
  • 51. goodreads : it’s what your friends are reading
    • Launched in December 2006
    • Largest social network for readers in the world
    • 1,800,000 members who have added over 40,000,000 books
    • Members recommend books, compare what they are reading, keep track of what they've read and would like to read, form book clubs and much more
    • Uses a “tagging” method whereby “shelves” are labeled
  • 52. Photo Sharing Sites
    • Websites that enable users to upload their personal images and share them with friends, family members or public
    • Photos are “tagged” with personal descriptors / labels
    • Libraries are creating their own photo repositories
  • 53. RPL: This Scan’s for You Party
    • PHR hosted a scanning party on December 7, 2007
    • RPL staff scanned over 200 photos dating back to 1910
    • RPL Flickr account officially launched on January 21, 2008
  • 54. Regina Public Library’s Photos
  • 55. Videosharing: Generation YouTube
    • video sharing website where users upload, view and share video clips.
    • unregistered users can watch most videos on the site, while registered users are permitted to upload an unlimited number of videos.
    • Bought by Google Inc. in 2006
    • Traffic and Stats (according to YouTube.com): People are watching hundreds of millions of videos a day on YouTube and uploading hundreds of thousands of videos daily. In fact, every minute, ten hours of video is uploaded to YouTube.
  • 56. The public library & YouTube
    • Marketing and promotion of services and collections
    • Programming
    • Book Talks / Reviews
    • Instructional videos
    • Video Tours
    • Edmonton Public Library YouTube channel
    • Calgary Public Library Story Time video
    • Toronto Public Library Absolutely Vital video
  • 57. It’s simply del.icio.us!
    • del.icio.us is a social bookmarking website:
    • You can get to your bookmarks from anywhere
    • You can share your bookmarks publicly
    • You can find other people on del.icio.us who have interesting bookmarks, building community and interconnectedness
  • 58. Tagging = Folksonomies = Dewey who?
    • the practice of collaboratively creating and managing tags to annotate and categorize content
    • usually, freely chosen keywords are used instead of a controlled vocabulary (like Dewey SH & database indexing)
    • folksonomy (from folk + taxonomy ) is a user-generated taxonomy – by the user for other users – language of the people
    • many online users are finding folksonomies, or tagging, to be much more useful / relevant
  • 59. Podcasts
    • a form of audio
    • broadcasting using the
    • Internet for playback on a
    • mobile device or personal
    • computer
    • Podcasting @ Library Success Wiki
    • Denver Public Library
    • Seattle Public Library
    • Sunnyvale Public Library
  • 60. Instant Messaging (IM)
    • Form of real-time communication between two or more people based on typed text, which is conveyed via computers over the Internet ( texting with cell phone / PDA)
  • 61. Meebo
  • 62. Instant Messaging – meebo RPL
  • 63. Summing up….
    • What’s it all about, Alfie?!
    • Web 2.0 = Sharing and collaboration
    • The online environment = relevance growing exponentially
    • The public library can benefit greatly from Web 2.0
    • The public library has a vital role to play
  • 64. Questions?