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Presentation on emergent technologies at the region 4 Idaho Library Association in Twin Falls, ID on April 2007

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Emergent Technologies

  1. 1. Exploring Emergent Technologies SPLAT
  2. 2. <ul><li>Emergent Technologies = Social Software: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Online services & tools that enable users to connect, collaborate, customize, and share content; all of which are influenced and enhanced by group dynamics. </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>What’s so different from regular software? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ indie” software & developers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Evolving (forever Beta) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Free </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Shareable </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Customizable </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Growing Web 2.0 concept </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>A social phenomenon referring to an approach to creating and distributing Web content itself, characterized by open communication, decentralization of authority, freedom to share and re-use </li></ul><ul><li>Small software companies offering free, innovative, web-based software </li></ul>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_2.0
  5. 5. <ul><li>What’s driving Web 2.0? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Open Source </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Savvy users/developers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Browser functionality </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Scripts (AJAX, Ruby) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Plug-ins </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Virtual communities </li></ul></ul>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_2.0 Show & tell
  6. 6. Web 2.0 http://www.flickr.com/photos/mozorro/105664713/in/photostream/
  7. 7. <ul><li>Categories we’ll discuss today: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>RSS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>News Readers / Aggregators </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blogs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social Networks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Instant Messaging </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>News Readers use: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Real Simple Syndication </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rich Site Summary </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>XML code summarizes web content, sends feed to aggregator </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. http://albertsonslibrary.blogspot.com/atom.xml Show & tell
  10. 10. <ul><li>News Readers: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Website subscription </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Single interface </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Updates automatically </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Automated web surfing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Share your subscriptions </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. 2 Frames Feed display Feed List
  12. 12. <ul><li>News Readers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Subscribe using URL </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Click a chicklet </li></ul></ul>Bookmarking
  13. 13. <ul><li>What is a weblog? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A “what’s new” page, updated frequently, detailing thoughts, issues, links, and minutiae of an individual. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Web + log = weblog or Blog </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blogger = one who blogs </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>Weblogs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Free blogging platforms </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Anatomy of a Blog
  16. 16. Banner/title of Blog Most recent “post” on top, usually dated Blogger, or person(s) responsible for the post, may include a “profile” of Blogger Older posts move to bottom Archived posts You can comment on content Weblogs: Anatomy
  17. 17. <ul><li>Web 2.0 developments </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Social software as response to corporate control </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Individuals share software solutions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Greater choice in functionality </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Shareable content </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Easier dissemination of content </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Always Beta </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. <ul><ul><li>Web 2.0 momentum </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Newer publication formats </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hybrids </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Still evolving </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Corporate vs. maverick software </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Shifting strategies </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. <ul><li>So what? </li></ul>Wonderful! Just wonderful!...So much for instilling them with a sense of awe.
  20. 20. <ul><li>From Web 2.0 meme to Library 2.0 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Meme: a unit of cultural information that represents a basic idea that can be transferred from one individual to another, and subjected to mutation, crossover, and adaptation. </li></ul></ul>www.agsm.edu.au/~bobm/teaching/SimSS/glossary.html
  21. 21. Social Software – LIBRARY 2.0 <ul><li>Web-based, socially-tested, shareable software utilities and conceptual thinking + </li></ul><ul><li>Library resources, services, research expertise, and core community service </li></ul>
  22. 22. Social Software – LIBRARY 2.0 <ul><ul><li>Concept is too broad </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Library model is just fine </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Varies by library type </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lack of concrete examples </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Divide of digital/non-digital natives </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Control </li></ul></ul>
  23. 23. Social Software – LIBRARY 2.0 <ul><ul><li>Constant change is replacing the older model of upgrade cycles and static services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Comparable tools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Anytime/anywhere access & services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Personalized services </li></ul></ul>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Library_2.0
  24. 24. LIBRARY 2.0 <ul><ul><li>A model for library service that reflects a transition within the library world in the way that services are delivered to library users </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Harness the library user’s ideas in both design and implementation of services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Harvest and integrate ideas and products from peripheral fields into library service models </li></ul></ul>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Library_2.0
  25. 25. LIBRARY 2.0 <ul><ul><li>Integrate change </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop tools & services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Encourage innovation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Enhance models that work </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Educate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Experiment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Beta works </li></ul></ul>