December 04, 2007

Have your say: Web 2.0 Tools, technologies and costs

You can help me out here: I'm just about to start moderating a panel on the opportunities and costs of Web 2.0 technologies deployed in the workplace, in the learning space and in our private lives. What questions would you like to put to:

Karen Blakeman, on understanding the principles and costs of Web 2.0
Andre Bonvanie, Owner of Newsgator Technologies who are behind many of the RSS tools you and I might be using, on RSS: The glue of RSS.

Please leave your comments and questions here within the next hour to take part in the debate. I'll post the replies here later. Alternatively, use Twitter if you're a friend of me (ewanmcintosh).


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A comment more than a question: Many of the current crop of web2.0 tools are great at enabling sharing and making connections. Yet you often lose control of how your information is seen (eg. a Youtube video may appear alongside other inappropriate videos), and you often lose ownership of your information.

I believe individuals & workplaces get what they pay for. For quality of service and retained ownership you can't rely on free services.

A question about the politics of web 2.0. How do the panelists feel about accusations that some web2.0 technologies are about herd mentality or so-called "digital Maoism", as opposed to the "wisdom of crowds" that web2.0 evangelists so often refer to?

A related comment--is it useful to talk about 'web 2' or 'the blogosphere' in monolithic terms? None of these techs have any meaning w/out context, varying communities of practice with vastly varying contexts.

In private life - I keep in touch with a wide network of friends across the globe. Being an ex-rugby playing Scottish bloke as many of my chums are I think Web2 is pretty unique in that we are all engaging with it. I get more news now than the once a year christmas grunt over the phone. Letter writing was not one of our fortes.

In the day job we have used forums and on-line communities and now web2 to build the consensus that we need around qualifications and standards development. The very openess of the tools allow teachers and ( at last) even learners to get engaged in the process. It not happening across the board but it is happening with the communities who have been quick to adapt to these tools.

Being a public body we were have created Wiki Books and given away our content and structures through this medium.

It has allowed us to work in more transparent ways to support our stakeholders and community.

RSS and the Bloglines the tool I use allows me to monitor very large qualifications portfolio daily. It makes me more information rich which helps with our decision making.

Productivity in my sector is dependent on communication and knowing people to build consensus - my personal blog allows me to reflect on the world around me and allows those who have engaged me or wish to engage with me on a professional basis an undertanding of my organisation and our values. Many of my staff use blogs along with our formal SQA website and it gives stakeholders clear view of our work in progress.

I think there is more to do on many fronts to get organisations in the public and private sectors to drive value out of the internet and related technologies - web 2 is just a welcome wee part of this.

Probably missed the panel but nevertheless I would like to know why RSS is still seemingly so far from a tipping point of mass-adoption?

I want to receive a large majority of the information I need via RSS yet this is still often a techie/nerd challenge thanks to the still less-than-user-friendly RSS tools (aggregators especially) available to me.

Why is this so... as we approach 2008?

I would like to know how to measure the total cost of implementing web 2.0 technologies in a corporate environment, in terms of ownership and impact alongside other more recognised business applications.


Mark Murray.

We at the Digital Hub Learning Project are currently developing the implementation of Web 2.0 technologies for all our previous, current and future learning projects. This project is expected to take somewhere in the region of 3/4 months to setup fully. We only began three weeks ago and realise the benefit of creating a format/template that can then be used by all future learning projects to use Web 2.0 to its fullest capacity. We are using a combination fo free tools, from YouTube to Google Page Creator to Picasa and more. The main costs are the man hours involved with someone that has a broad range of Web 2.0 skills. Thankfully that is myself. Therefore cost is time with little other external costs.

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