Raising Awareness

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Web 2.0 and Social Networking for Museums, Libraries & Archives

A Workshop for MLA East of England held on 27 November 2008

Web 2.0 and Social Networking for Museums, Libraries & Archives

Brian Kelly was the main speaker and facilitator for a workshop organised on behalf of MLA East of England.

The title of the workshop is Web 2.0 and Social Networking for Museums, Libraries & Archives. The workshop was held on Thursday 27th November 2008 at Villiers Park, Foxton, Cambridgeshire. Location details are available on Multimap.

Workshop Wiki

Please note that a wiki was used for the workshop.


Web 2.0 and the Social Web are terms which are now being used widely. But what do these terms mean? And what, if anything, can Web 2.0 and the Social Web offer to museums, libraries and archives - especially small organisations with limited budgets and technical expertise?

This workshop, which is being organised by UKOLN, a national centre of expertise in digital information management on behalf of MLA East of England, will attempt to answer these questions. As well as demystifying the terms and the technologies, the workshop will also address the challenges which institutions may face in seeking to make use of Web 2.0 to support the needs of their users.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the workshop participants will:

  • Have gained an understanding of what is meant by the terms 'Web 2.0' and the 'Social Web'.
  • Have seen examples of Web 2.0 technologies including blogs, wikis and RSS.
  • Have seen examples of the non-technical aspects of Web 2.0 including the importance of openness and user generated content.
  • Have seen examples of how Web 2.0 is being used in the cultural heritage sector.
  • Have explored barriers to the effective use of Web 2.0.
  • Have discussed ways of addressing such barriers.
  • Have had the opportunity to develop links and share resources with other participants at the workshop.


A networked PC will be required for the speakers.

A total of 14 PCs are available for the participants to use in the hands-on session.


A wiki for use by the workshop participants is available. Note that to see how the wiki may be used you can view the wiki for a workshop organised for MLA Yorkshire.

Note that an RSS feed of recent changes to the wiki is available.


The draft timetable is given below.

Time Session Comments
10.00-10.30 Registration and coffee  
10.30-10.50 Introduction Scene-setting by Brian Kelly
10.50-11.50 An Introduction to Web 2.0 and the Social Web Talk by Brian Kelly
Slides: [MS PowerPoint format] - [HTML format]
11.50-12.20 Web 1.0, Web 2.0 and Digital Preservation
Slides: [MS PowerPoint format] - [HTML format]
Talk by Brian Kelly
12.20-12.45 Questions  
12.45-13.30 Lunch  
13.30-14.00 Hands on Session: Making use of Web 2.0 and Social Web services Hands on Session
14.00-14.30 Group Discussion 1: Exploring Options
Slides: [MS PowerPoint format] - [HTML format]
Discussion group on the potential benefits of Web 2.0 and the Social Web
14.30-15.00 Group Discussion 2: Addressing Barriers Discussion group on the barriers to the deployment and effective use of Web 2.0 and the Social Web
15.00-15.15 TEA  
15.15-15.45 Report Back Slides: [MS PowerPoint format] - [HTML format]
15.45-15.50 Conclusions  
15.50 Workshop finishes