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What If Web 2.0 Really Does Change Everything? UCISA CISG 2009 Conference


Brian Kelly gave a plenary talk on What If Web 2.0 Really Does Change Everything? at the UCISA CISG 2009 Conference. The conference was held on 18-20th November 2009 at the Fairmount St. Andrews.

The talk took place from 11.30-12.00 on Friday 20th November 2009.


UCISA members have identified as one of the key areas of concerns to IT Service departments the rise of Cloud Computing. This talk will address such concerns and discuss the opportunities which services in the Cloud can present, the issues and risks which need to be addressed and strategies for maximising the potential benefits whilst minimising the risks.

The talk will cover popular externally-hosted Web 2.0 services which the early adopters and enthusiasts are using to support their teach and learning and research work as well as those services, such as Twitter, which provide more social functions.

The talk will argue that universities have a responsibility to engage in innovative activities and explore new ways of furthering their institutional aims. The talk will conclude by describing a risks and opportunities framework which seeks to exploit the benefits which Web 2.0 can provide whilst addressing the potential risks.


What if Web 2.0 Changes Everything?
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Accompanying Resources

For a list of related resources please see the social bookmarking Web site using the tag 'ucisa-cisg-2009'.

Biographical Details

Brian Kelly Brian Kelly has been involved in Web development since January 1993, when he helped establish a Web site at the University of Leeds (possibly the first institutional Web sites in the UK). Since 1996 Brian has been employed at UKOLN, a national centre of expertise in digital information management based at the University of Bath in the UK. His responsibility is to advise the UK's higher and further community and the cultural heritage sector on ways of maximising the potential of the Web.

Brian is a prolific blogger. His UK Web Focus blog provides a forum for thinking out loud about the implications of Web 2.0 and the Social Web, engaging in discussions and debate as well as disseminating his work activities. Brian is also a contributor to UKOLN's cultural heritage blog and the JISC-funded PoWR blog.

Brian has been an invited guest speaker at several national and international conferences. He has also written peer-reviewed papers on topics including Web accessibility, Web standards and Web 2.0.