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Integration Of Community-Led Activities And A Diversity of Web 2.0 Services

Posted by Brian Kelly (UK Web Focus) on 13 August 2007

I’ve recently mentioned the videos of the plenary talks at UKOLN’s annual IWMW 2007 event. I’ve also mentioned my experimentation with the Zentation service which integrates videos (served by Google Videos) and accompanying uploaded PowerPoint slides.

Adrian Stevenson, a participant at IWMW 2007, videoed the opening plenary talk at IWMW 2007 (“From individuals to networks and sustainable communities?” by Steven Warburton) and uploaded this video to the Google Video service. I was then able to integrate this video with Steven’s slides and make it freely available on Zentation. I have also embedded this on the relevant page on the IWMW 2007 Web site:

Embedded video of Steven Warburton's talk at IWMW 2007 event.

It strikes me that Adrian’s involvement in this is a good example of a community-led activity – an approach to development which the JISC Emerge project is seeking to support within the JISC development community (as can be seen from a recent presentation I gave on this topic).

It also occurs to me that as well as the creation of data from within the community, this example also illustrates use of a number of external services for providing access to the data: Google Video and Zentation have been mentioned previously, and, in addition, the slides are available from Slideshare.

This example illustrates the move that we are seeing from use of monolithic services to use of a variety of distributed applications. Within the large-scale enterprise environment an approach based on Service Orientated Architecture (SOA) is growing in popularity, which seems to have many parallels with the lighter-weight approach which is taking place in the Web 2.0 world.

With both of these approaches there are many issues which will need to be addressed such as the risks associated with use of third party services, ongoing performance and security issues, rights issues, long term preservation, etc.

I’ll explore some of these issues at a later date.

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2 Responses to “Integration Of Community-Led Activities And A Diversity of Web 2.0 Services”

  1. I’ve read a lot about Enterprise 2.0 over the past couple of months and have grown convinced that, for future direction, it is a lot closer to the direction we in Universities should be going. When you say this sort of thing is for “the large-scale enterprise environment”, I’d agree, but with the qualifier that I’d regard that sort of environment as ANY organisation, from banks to universities, with more than a few hundred employees.

    Both Enterprise 2.0 and Web 2.0 have their place, and excluding one over the other is not helpful. For example, the likes of Youtube is great if you wish to get your content out far, but to date, the collaborative, communicative and productive tools which can be classed as Web 2.0 are really, really awful (Google Docs is seen as an exemplar tool when it is the most basic of collaborative tools glued to a text editor that is worse than the likes of Wordpad). Notably, due to the technological restrictions of the internet, they are unlikely to get any better. Therefore, we need to look at providing the right tools for the services users require.

    Its interesting you should post about ideologies a couple of posts back, because one of the great things I like about the fast growing movement of Enterprise 2.0 is that it takes the ideas and trends of Web 2.0 but leaves all the ridiculous ideologies behind and actually puts the ideas of Web 2.0 to work. That can be nothing but a good thing.

  2. [...] by Brian Kelly (UK Web Focus) on August 29th, 2007 I recently wrote an article about Zentation, a Web 2.0 service which enables a video clip to be synched with a PowerPoint [...]

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