Web 2.0: What Can It Offer The Research Community?


Brian Kelly gave a talk on Web 2.0: What Can It Offer The Research Community? on Wednesday 7th March 2007 at a PPARC First Wednesday Forum at PPARC, Polaris House North Star Avenue, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN2 1SZ. The meeting started at 10.30 and the talk took place from 10.40-11.20, followed by 10 minutes for questions and discussions.

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What are the implications of Web 2.0 for the research community? In this presentation Brian Kelly describes how various Web 2.0 technologies are being exploited within the higher education sector and more widely. In some areas this is being initiated by the student community, the '.net generation' or the 'millienials' as young people who are familiar with networked technologies and mobile devices are sometimes referred. In other areas institutions are beginning to make use of services being provided by companies such as Google and Yahoo! in a variety of mainstream areas, such as providing maps for the institutions and blogging and wiki services. We are also beginning to see use of traditional desktop applications, such as word processing, being provided by networked services. And with the increasingly widespread penetration of Web 2.0 applications across a range of sectors, we are, of course, seeing use being made by the research community.

The speaker argues that we are seeing a parallel with the mid-1990s, when educational institutions, research organisations and similar organisations first encountered the Web. Back then there was initially scepticism, and it took some time before organisations made use of Web technologies to support their key business objectives. Web 2.0 seeks to build on the publishing paradigm of Web 1.0, by providing more user-focussed services, such as encouraging user to collaborate and produce their own content. But organisations still have concerns. This talk will seek to identify if such concerns are still valid and, if so, to explore strategies for addressing the concerns.



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Biographical Details

Brian Kelly holds the post of UK Web Focus at UKOLN, University of Bath. Brian's responsibilities include advising and supporting the UK higher and further education community on standards, best practices and innovation related to use of the Web.

Brian is a long-standing Web user and developer, having helped to set up the Web service at the University of Leeds in 1992 - possibly the first institutional Web service in the UK and one of the first fifty in the world to be registered at CERN, the birthplace of the Web.

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