Monday, 12 March 2007

Web 2.0 Seminar

Last Tuesday Hypatia and I attended a free seminar on Web 2.0 which was a fairly interesting night. It seemed to be aimed at academic and public librarians who hadn't had too much exposure to the whole 2.0 phenomena.

The presenter had a number of really interesting projects on the go, but they all seemed to involve a dedicated programming team. Unfortunately most law library's don't have the luxury of an IT department with time to devote to that kind of project. Though the fun you could have with Ajax on your side.

As Hypatia has said though, there are numerous sites available that one can make use of, within the library team, and I'm looking forward to the discussions that may come up as a result of that. Currently on the cards at HQ presently is the introduction of a team blog or wiki, though we still need to have some discussion on how this would work and how to incorporate it into our everyday tasks.

There were a number of interesting catchprases that came out of Tuesday, which stuck in my mind. 'Experimental Social Trust' is a fantastic way of selling 2.0, and I've already used this. Other useful phrases include 'Perpetual Beta', 'Collective intelligence' and 'harnessing the wisdom of crowds'.

Something that was completely new to me was the concept of 'mashups'. At least in the context being used. A mashup is:

A web mashup is a web page or application that combines data from two or more external online sources. The external sources are typically other web sites and their data may be obtained by the mashup developer in various ways including, but not limited to: APIs, XML feeds, and screen-scraping.

There looks like there's a few interesting mashups out there, and it's definitely something to watch.


Nearly Legal said...

Just a thought, but you might want to adjust that last link to the mashups, as it currently points somewhere I'm fairly sure you don't want it to.

Good luck with the blog, it looks interesting (and thanks for the link to mine).

Seshat said...

Ahh thankyou. :) I thought I'd managed to fix that!

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