By Sarah Currier, Project Consultant, 28 Jan.


SHEEN Web 2.0 Resource Sharing Project Meeting
Web 2.0 Tools: Handout
The categories listed below are highly interconnected- in fact most of the tools listed within each category include features that could be assigned to most of the other categories. They are listed according to their primary function. COMMUNITY Community / Group Web Spaces • Yahoo Groups (one of the original such sites). • Google Groups (allows discussion, resource sharing, link sharing, collaboration on Group website; works with other Google apps). • Ning (very simple site that allows discussion, individual blogs, sharing of limited resource types). Social Networking Sites • Facebook (university students and adult professionals; social/family with some growth in informal professional networks). • MySpace (young adults and teenagers; heavily aimed at musicians originally, allow open sharing of music tracks). • Bebo (children and teenagers; as such I don’t know much about it). Professional Networking Sites • LinkedIn (allows CV, links and groups on professional interests). • UNYK (keeps contact lists and helps you stay in touch with contacts). RESOURCE SHARING Social Bookmarking Sites • Delicious (store your bookmarks on a web space; share them within network/groups/the whole web; tag them and search by tag; review resources). • ... and many more. Social Citation Sites • Connotea (like Delicious but with more of a scholarly bent; bookmark and tag scientific (and increasingly, other academic) sites; pulls out citation data for referencing and reading lists). • LibraryThing (catalogue and tag all of your books; use openly available cataloguing data; tag, review and rate; share amongst groups/whole web). • ... and others. Sharing Files • Resource specific sharing sites (Flickr and others for images; YouTube for videos; SlideShare for presentations; most allow sharing within networks and groups, rating/comments/discussion; tagging). • Sites for sharing any filetype (Scribd; fliiby, others.. most allow sharing within networks and groups, rating/comments/discussion; tagging). • Learning materials repositories (e.g. Jorum, EdShare, ). © Higher Education Academy, 2009.

By Sarah Currier, Project Consultant, 28 Jan. 09

COLLABORATIVE RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT • Blogs (can be individual and aggregated into single site, shared blogs where a number of people are allowed to post; allow sharing of news/resource posting, tagging, discussion). • Wikis (collaborative tool for shared development of websites; allow discussion; can be open for anyone to contribute to, or for pre-determined group of contributors). • Collaborative document creation (e.g. Googledocs and Googlemaps, MapChannels; allow collaborative creation and web sharing of text, slides, spreadsheets, maps, etc.). DISSEMINATION Feeds, Feeds, Feeds: the lynchpin • RSS, ATOM, Podcasts – all of the above tools, as well as just basic websites, support feeds to alert you about updates, new resources, new discussion/posts, etc., as configured by you personally. • Also allow push of resources/resource links/comments from one tool into another, or as a newsfeed to appear in a website or social networking page. • Can be configured (usually) by user group, by tag, and sometimes by other criteria. Feed Aggregation, Management, Mashups • Grazr: allows you to pull together different feeds into one listing, and make the listing available in a Web page as an updated newsfeed. • Yahoo Pipes: pulls together feeds into a single feed and do all kinds of cool things with making it available. • FeedForward: new tool allows management of feeds, deciding how to prioritise them, and most importantly, allows you to push them out again into other Web 2.0 tools, including Delicious, Scribd, and repositories. • Widgets can embed all kinds of dynamic content in Web pages, including blogs and wikis, and are often built on feeds of some kind. For example, a blog can use a widget to include an Amazon wishlist or random items from a LibraryThing catalogue in the blog sidebar.

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