Saturday, 28 June 2008

Practicalities of Web 2.0 - meeting report from UKEIG

Presented by Phil Bradley, at King's College London, Guys Campus, Wednesday 19 March 2008
Report by Fiona McLean, Knowledge and Information Centre, St Thomas' Hospital, London ( Published in eLucidate

Phil made it clear from the start that the focus of this course was aspects of Web 2.0 we might find useful. The seminar started with a quick overview of some definitions and concepts of Web 2.0, and he gave some examples of it in practice:

  • A platform serving Web applications to end users, which could take over desktop computing applications
  • A way of harnessing collective intelligence
  • Facilitating the use and reuse of data in many ways.
  • Involving users directly in development.
  • Not limiting to a single device (storage on a website rather than a PC or individual network).

Or maybe Web 2.0 is actually a state of mind!

He emphasised that definitions were much less important than what you can do with it.
As you might expect, Phil makes use of innovative resources himself. He has loaded some of his presentations on to his ‘SlideShare' site. It's an example of a typical Web 2.0 resource, as it allows the creation, storage and sharing of resources that are not based on one PC. It can be used by others without needing particular software or to download large files. It includes a presentation from a similar course at, which is worth a look. The site includes a transcript of the all the slides (near the bottom of the page). Some of the links click through (vertical hand icon).

More URLs are listed below, or at the end of this report.

The seminar included practical exercises where we learned about the developing range of Web 2.0 activities, with examples of relevant specific sites, and how to use them.

Pageflakes you to set up a start page compiled with ‘flakes' of your choice, in a range of media. These could include elements such as; a 'to do' list, RSS feeds, weather reports, or favourite images.

NewsreaderWe covered how to register and select feeds, and how to organise them, using Bloglines

Set up a search engineThere are a range of sites where you can do this. They do a similar job in a similar way. We focused on using Rollyo, as the easiest to use. Other sites include

Yahoo Search Builder,
Eurekster at
Google Custom Search Builder at

Start a blogBlogger an easy way to set up a blog. Having created a blog, there are further steps in formatting and publishing it.

Set up a website without having to store anything on your own PCZimbio ( allows the creation of content on the Web which can be shared with other people. This can either be public or private.

Bookmark servicesThere are several of these, but what they have in common is that the information is stored on their site, not the user's PC. There are added facilities, such as indexing and related searching.

Favorites/ the well-known example.
WebpagesFURL an entire webpage, fully indexed, rather than just a URL.

Create a wikiThe site we looked at was Peanut Butter wiki

Some of the other links covered in the seminar:

Phil's extensive website is at

I found this to be a very practical, relevant course about this rapidly evolving concept. The overview was a refreshingly expert, objective and hype-free briefing, complemented by learning about specific functions, and how to use relevant sites, sometimes with the help of step-by-step instructions. It has given me the knowledge and motivation to investigate more Web 2.0 resources, while having a balanced view on whether they are really ground-breaking super innovations or not!

Monday, 23 June 2008

RSS and newsfeeds

The training session went well this morning with participants creating their own Bloglines news reader and finding some interesting blog and news feeds to put in them. The next session is on Monday 30th - still a few spaces if enyone else wants to book in.

Wednesday, 18 June 2008

Blog training

Well done everyone who attended the blog sessions and created their own blog - they've all been added to the links on the right.

Monday, 9 June 2008

Content warning

Just a quick comment to say that when I looked at Juvenita's training blog, I received a "content warning" about objectionable content. I can only think this happened because the blog contains the words "adult reading". We probably don't want the public to receive these warnings, so we need to be careful about the terminology we use!

Sunday, 1 June 2008

Exploiting the blogosphere

Presentation by Karen Blakeman on Slideshare
Exploiting the blogosphere

SHARE - What is Web 2.0

Karen Blakeman's keynote presentation at the SHARE: Annual Briefing Event on 29 April, 2008.

What is Web 2.0?

Blogs and wikis in libraries, our new best friends?

Report on a course organised by the CILIP Information Services Group South East Branch and held at CILIP on 8th November 2007. The day began with an informative and entertaining presentation by Karen Blakeman on the complex topics of blogs, wikis and RSS. Karen was both key presenter and host for the day and had undoubted expertise in the subjects considered, having specialised in consulting and training on the use of the internet and accessing and managing information resources since setting up her company RBA ( in 1989.

Course report available at

Five weeks to a social library - free online course

"Five Weeks to a Social Library is the first free, grassroots, completely online course devoted to teaching librarians about social software and how to use it in their libraries. It was developed to provide a free, comprehensive, and social online learning opportunity for librarians who do not otherwise have access to conferences or continuing education and who would benefit greatly from learning about social software." The course was taught online in 2007, but the materials have been archived and are freely viewable for interested parties to follow. The live Webcasts were also archived. The course covered the following topics:

  • Blogs
  • RSS
  • Wikis
  • Social Networking Software and SecondLife
  • Flickr
  • Social Bookmarking Software
  • Selling Social Software @ Your Library

Five weeks to a social library