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Exploiting the Potential of Web 2.0 and the Social Web

A Workshop for Renaissance East Midlands to be held in March 2009


Brian Kelly was a speaker and facilitator at a workshop organised on behalf of Renaissance East Midlands.

The title of the workshop is Exploiting the Potential of Web 2.0 and the Social Web. The workshop was held on Wednesday 18th March 2009 at Sir John Moore Foundation, Top Street, Appleby Magna, Leicestershire, DE12 7AH.

Workshop Wiki

Please note that a wiki has been set up 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 - 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 Renaissance East Midlands, 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.


The draft timetable is given below.

Time Session Comments
10.00-10.30 Registration and coffee  
10.30-10.40 Introduction Brian Kelly
10.50-11.45 An Introduction to Web 2.0 and the Social Web Talk - Brian Kelly
[MS PowerPoint format] - [HTML format]
11.45-12.15 Case Study 1: TBC, Northampton Museums TBC
12.15-12.45 Case Study 2: Nick Moyes, Derby Cathedral Peregrine Project TBC
12.45-13.30 Lunch  
13.30-13.35 Introduction to the afternoon sessions Slides: [MS PowerPoint format] - [HTML format]
13.30-14.15 Hands on Session: Making use of Web 2.0 and Social Web services Hands on Session
14.15-15.00 Group Discussion: Exploring Options; Adressing Barriers Discussion group on the potential benefits of Web 2.0 and the Social Web
15.00-15.15 TEA  
15.15-15.45 Report Back [MS PowerPoint format] - [HTML format]
15.45-15.50 Conclusions  
15.50 Workshop finishes