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Web 2.0 stuff to make your life easier


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A presentation I gave at the British Library for the CILIP International Group, October 2006

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Web 2.0 stuff to make your life easier

  1. 1. New Technologies and Library Services – harnessing Web 2.0 to improve information provision. Phil Bradley Internet Consultant 24 th October 2006
  2. 2. What problems do you already have? <ul><li>Keeping current with the information flood </li></ul><ul><li>Updating other people – colleagues and clients </li></ul><ul><li>Is geography a problem? </li></ul>
  3. 3. More problems! <ul><li>Can users use the net properly? </li></ul><ul><li>Do your technical people help or hinder? </li></ul><ul><li>Does the internet appear to create problems than it solves </li></ul><ul><li>What are your problem order priorities? </li></ul>
  4. 4. What is this ‘2.0’ stuff? <ul><li>Web 2.0 is a term often applied to a perceived ongoing transition of the World Wide Web from a collection of websites to a full-fledged computing platform serving web applications to end users. Ultimately Web 2.0 services are expected to replace desktop computing applications for many purposes. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Wikipedia entry </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Yes… and? <ul><li>It’s a platform </li></ul><ul><li>It harnesses collective intelligence </li></ul><ul><li>Data can be used and re-used in many ways </li></ul><ul><li>Users are directly involved with development </li></ul><ul><li>It’s not limited to a single device </li></ul><ul><li>A rich user experience </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tim O’Reilly ‘ What is Web 2.0?’ </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Yes… but? <ul><li>“ It’s vacuous marketing hype” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Web 2.0 is totally silly” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Meaningless” </li></ul><ul><li>“ is made entirely of pretentious self serving morons.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ a lot of thin but very hot air blown at you by those who are convinced that having nothing to say is by no means a good reason to shut up.” </li></ul>
  7. 7. So what do I think?
  8. 8. <ul><li>I don’t care! </li></ul>
  9. 9. Seriously… <ul><li>I want things that work </li></ul><ul><li>That allow me to do a job better </li></ul><ul><li>More quickly </li></ul><ul><li>More effectively </li></ul><ul><li>Easier </li></ul><ul><li>So… let’s look at what we can do, starting with better ways of doing what we do now </li></ul>
  10. 10. Weblogs as a user <ul><li>Weblogs keep me up to date, within hours and minutes </li></ul><ul><li>They provide links to resources I might otherwise have missed </li></ul><ul><li>They provide expert analysis and opinion </li></ul><ul><li>Additional resources provide even more information </li></ul>
  11. 11. Weblogs as a publisher <ul><li>My weblog at http:// / </li></ul><ul><li>Direct way to update clients and colleagues </li></ul><ul><li>Centralised resource </li></ul><ul><li>No re-inventing the wheel </li></ul><ul><li>It’s immediate data delivery </li></ul>
  12. 13. Using RSS <ul><li>RSS is your friend </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Really Simple Syndication’ </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Rich Site Summary’ </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Read Some Stories’ </li></ul><ul><li>It’s a simple automated way of taking data in one format and turning it into something else, while keeping the content the same </li></ul>
  13. 16. News Aggregators <ul><li>Bloglines </li></ul><ul><li>Collates data from a variety of sources </li></ul><ul><li>Displays it in a single coherent format </li></ul><ul><li>Allows very fast access to large amounts of data </li></ul><ul><li>Constantly being updated </li></ul><ul><li>Information is brought to me </li></ul>
  14. 19. Creating community search engines <ul><li>Rollyo </li></ul><ul><li>Eurekster swickis </li></ul><ul><li>Resultr </li></ul><ul><li>You decide on the resources searched </li></ul><ul><li>You can choose search terms </li></ul><ul><li>You create, users use </li></ul>
  15. 20. Sharing resources <ul><li>FURL </li></ul><ul><li>Squidoo </li></ul><ul><ul><li>My Squidoo lenses </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Share bookmarks with </li></ul><ul><ul><li>My Delicious bookmarks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t forget RSS! </li></ul></ul>
  16. 21. Collaborate on knowledge
  17. 22. Wikis
  18. 23. Start Pages
  19. 24. Use your voice! <ul><li>Podcasting </li></ul>
  20. 25. Instant Messenger Services
  21. 26. Using Flickr
  22. 27. Combine everything! <ul><li>With RSS and other Web 2.0 resources anything can work with anything else </li></ul><ul><li>Content can be changed and manipulated into different formats that you control </li></ul><ul><li>Users can get involved </li></ul><ul><li>Geography doesn’t matter </li></ul><ul><li>Speed is easy </li></ul><ul><li>It’s not technical! </li></ul>
  23. 28. Now… what’s first? <ul><li>What tempts you the most? </li></ul><ul><li>What’s easiest to do? </li></ul><ul><li>What’s most useful? </li></ul><ul><li>What drawbacks are there? </li></ul><ul><li>How can they be overcome? </li></ul><ul><li>Time to talk! </li></ul>
  24. 29. Roundup and questions <ul><li>Anyone? </li></ul><ul><li>Anyone? </li></ul>
  25. 30. Thank You! <ul><li>Phil Bradley – Internet Consultant </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http:// / </li></ul></ul>