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Power to the people: exploring the development of the Informs software tool through community engagement. Massam

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Power to the people: exploring the development of the Informs software tool through community engagement. Massam

  1. 1. LILAC 2008 18th March 2008 Power t o t he peopl e: expl ori ng t he devel opment of t he Inf orms sof t ware t ool t hrough communi t y engagement Diana Massam, Intute Executive
  2. 2. LILAC 2008 18th March 2008 Questions, questions… • How do you think Informs should develop in the Web 2.0 environment? • Which social networking tools would YOU use to engage with other Informs users?
  3. 3. LILAC 2008 18th March 2008 What is Informs? • Flexible software tool for the creation of online tutorials • Database of user created content for sharing, re-using and amending by other users: mainly in area of information skills development • Community of practice and committed user community
  4. 4. LILAC 2008 18th March 2008
  5. 5. LILAC 2008 18th March 2008 Background • 2001 – 2003: Informs conceived and created as a result of JISC funded projects, based at the University of Huddersfield. • 2003 – 2006: After project end, server maintained at Huddersfield through goodwill with limited technical and administrative support. • 2006 – 2007: User community lobbied for safe future home for Informs: scoping project recommends Intute. JISC fund 6 month Integration Project to transfer Informs to Intute. • 2007 – Informs an established Intute service.
  6. 6. LILAC 2008 18th March 2008 Informs @ Intute • User community still growing: now c170 – Mixture of HE, FE. Some other sectors represented e.g. NHS – Over 2000 learning objects: tutorials which can be shared and re- used • Stakeholder engagement: – Key outcome of the Integration Project was recognition of community ‘ownership’ and potential for developing community of practice – Synergy with Web 2.0 environment • Future development priorities (based on user review): – Customisation, Accessibility, Functionality – Community engagement & social networking
  7. 7. Tagging Web 2.0 What’s New Quality Ratings User comment s User comment s Awards Events Regional networks Regional networks Forum/ Blog Forum/ Blog E-mail newsletter E-mail newsletter RSS Feeds RSS Feeds Sharing content Sharing content Community building
  8. 8. LILAC 2008 18th March 2008 Questions again: over to you • How do you think Informs should develop in the Web 2.0 environment? • Which social networking tools would YOU use to engage with other Informs users?
  9. 9. LILAC 2008 18th March 2008 Further information? www.informs.intute.ac.uk Diana.Massam@manchester.ac.uk
  10. 10. LILAC 2008 18th March 2008 Further information? www.informs.intute.ac.uk Diana.Massam@manchester.ac.uk

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