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The Social Aspect Of Resource Discovery

Talk on "The Social Aspect Of Resource Discovery" given by Brian Kelly, UKOLN. Note that this slidecast was prepared for a talk but was not used.


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The Social Aspect Of Resource Discovery

  1. 1. The Social Aspect Of Resource Discovery Brian Kelly, UKOLN University of Bath Bath, BA2 7AY UKOLN is supported by: This work is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 licence (but note caveat) Resources bookmarked using ‘ jisc-2008-11 ' tag Acceptable Use Policy Recording of this talk, taking photos, discussing the content using email, instant messaging, blogs, SMS, etc. is permitted providing distractions to others is minimised. Email [email_address] Blog site
  2. 2. Contents <ul><li>Resource discovery via: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Writing blog posts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Chatting with colleagues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Listening to people </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Meeting new people </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sharing resources </li></ul></ul><ul><li>using popular networked services </li></ul>
  3. 3. A Blog as a Magnet For Content <ul><li>I write blog posts – and this attracts content relevant to my areas of interest: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Comments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Referrer links </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Note that I need do little more to write relevant content (the content comes to me – and I can even get in via RSS) </li></ul>
  4. 4. The Incoming Links <ul><li>Here’s a list on incoming links to be blog (and note the RSS feed of the links) </li></ul>
  5. 5. An Example <ul><li>I’ve an interest in how Web 2.0 may be used in schools, public libraries, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>A series of examples are delivered to be because I’ve previously written on this topic. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Twitter <ul><li>Twitter: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Meaningless or trivial drivel? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contextualised and relevant snippets from my friends and colleagues? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Both of the above? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Note </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A view of monolithic systems tends to impose a one-system-fits-all solutions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A view of personal learning/research environment allows users to select solutions which work for them. </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Twitter Example <ul><li>I was speaking at the IAMIC 2008 Conference (International Association of Music Information Centres) </li></ul><ul><li>Twenty minutes before talk due to start I tweeted a request for example of Web 2.0 music sites </li></ul><ul><li>Here are some of the responses  </li></ul><ul><li>See <> </li></ul>
  8. 8. My Slideshare Upload <ul><li>Sharing resources on popular services (e.g. Slideshare) can help me to find new resources </li></ul><ul><li>Note the services need to be popular </li></ul>
  9. 9. Related Slides <ul><li>Here are related presentations with a Web2.0 tag. </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Here are related presentations with a Web2.0 tag. </li></ul>Related Slides Perhaps more useful are presentations for more specialist areas such as those with a ‘digital-preservation’ tag.
  11. 11. How Do I Find New Resources <ul><li>How do I find new resources or gain new insights when: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Writing articles, blog posts, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Writing peer-reviewed papers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Arrange trips (flights, hotels, etc.) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>I tend to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Use Google </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ask colleagues socially (over coffee, in the pub, …) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Listen to what people are saying (in blogs, in blog comments, on email, …) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ask questions (in physical world and on Twitter, email, on my blog posts, …) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Follow links to me previous work </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Follow links in related papers in conferences </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Finding New Resources <ul><li>What I don’t do: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Use manual catalogues (won’t have latest stuff – except for finding hotels, etc </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use the library </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use institutional repositories </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use Athens, Shibboleth … </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use safe / quality services (too slow; too boring; too samey; …) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use services with little content </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Conclusions <ul><li>The social aspect of resource discovery: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Is natural to us all (e.g. finding new pubs, restaurants, etc.) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Requires little effort at the publishing/production side </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Allows us to use services of proven popularity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Allows us to move on to new services without having to write off significant effort </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Should be acknowledged as being of importance to the community </li></ul></ul>