Star-gazing 2006
Lets Do It Now: Mainstream Uses Of Collaborative Technologies

Btian Kelly gave a 20 minute talk on "Lets Do It Now: Mainstream uses of Collaborative Technologies" at the Star-gazing 2006 conference on Social technologies: from pioneers to mainstream use? at Pollock Halls of Residence, Holyrood Park Road, University of Edinburgh on 24th November 2006.


Lets Do It Now: Mainstream Uses Of Collaborative Technologies


In this talk Brian Kelly will argue that Web 2.0 technologies are now mainstream and their use relates very closely with the interests of higher educational institutes, by providing an environment for students, reserchers and support staff to work together in a cooperative way.

The key challenges to deployment of a Web 2.0 approach are likely to be human rather than technological. Brian will review some of the deployment challenges and outline some strategies for overcoming such barriers.

Brian will embrace Web 2.0 technologies and approaches in his talk: The event is to be Webcast and presentations will be made available as Podcasts. It is hoped that a remote audience will be able to listen to and contribute to the talk, perhaps using Web 2.0 chat facilities such as Gabbly.



Let's Do It Now: Mainstream Uses of Collaborative Technologies
[HTML format] - [MS PowerPoint 97/2000 format]


Let's Do It Now: Mainstream Uses of Collaborative Technologies
[About] - [MS Windows Media format]

Also note that a local transcript of the Gabbly chat is available:

Biographical Details

Brian Kelly's job title is "UK Web Focus". His remit is to support the higher and further education and cultural heritage communities in making effective use of Web technologies. His post is funded by the JISC and the MLA.

Brian is an experienced Web developer having set up his first Web site in January 1993 whilst working in the Computing Service at the University of Leeds. Convinced of the potential of the Web Brian was an early pioneer and evangelist, giving many presentations across the UK higher education community and writing a handbook on Running A WWW Service. Since then Brian has written many articles and given many presentations about the Web and has attended several of the International World Wide Web Conferences, acting as a member of the programme committee on a number of occasions.

Since November 1996 Brian has been employed at UKOLN - a national centre of expertise in digital information management which is located at the University of Bath.

Brian's email address is b.kelly AT