Web 2.0 Case Studies: Big Picture —> tangible applications @ ECU

Library Staff Development

I gave a short 30 minute presentation on Monday to some 35 of our library staff on Web 2.0. I was the opening guest speaker (!!) of a morning of PD on web 2.0, with a second day to be held in July.

While a number of the staff have grasped the potential applications to both the workplace and the students, I wanted to case study a number of scenario’s of use, other than just what they see in the popular media ie YouTube again, face book etc.


image Web2.0 changes the face of politics

I discussed initially how the 2007 Australian Federal Election with Rudd’s Labour Party, and Obama’s 2008 American Democratic Presidential Campaigns changed the face of political campaigning forever. These 2 campaigns allowed imagefor the first time ever, a real time, 2-way connection between candidates and voters in a meaningful, tangible way. In particular it connected with younger voters in a way that left opposition candidates pretty much dead in the water with resounding land slide victories to the social media savvy candidates.


image IBM – visionaries, on the cutting edge of staff development with web2.0

I just love talking about the IBM story. How the management had the foresight and balls to actually take a risk (albeit managed) and for want of a better analogy, to allow Web2.0 to romp freely, globally through their organisation for the purposes of staff imagedevelopment, starting with podcasting, before moving to wikis and blogs. Recently they have developed their own internal social software that is task specific to their organisation that is delivering clear efficiencies. I put on the library’s wiki a heap of resources linking out to each of the studies that is worth investigating if you are interested. Of course, there is always Google! Anyway, as I see it, IBM really was at the forefront of Enterprise2.0 when you look back to 2005. I have hardly said anything here, but go and have a read – it is a great story.


image Wiki’s bring the intelligence world together – post 9/11

I trotted out the juicy tale of Intellipedia (thanks to Nick Cowie for the pointer), which seemed to not only gob smack them, but really open imagethem up to the possibilities of mass collaboration.

This youtube video coins the great term “living intelligence”




image Home @ ECU – Collaboration in our workplace creating efficiencies

Closer to home I reviewed the use of SharePoint by our IT Department for the development and maintenance of processes. Seriously – how much easier to a) amend issues on the fly and b) not have to worry about version control, because the wiki does it for you?

I took them inside Blackboard and showed them the HR Community Site I set 9up a few years back. We navigated around a number of areas where it wasn’t confidential and looked at how the various areas were using the site collaboratively across campuses, time, and functional teams. I was surprised as to how excited they were by us doing this. I guess I am so used to it now, and I feel like I am still battling up hill with the HR team at times, that I don’t realise I have made in-roads!

I will blog about this experience in some depth later as I feel it warrants some stories being told I think.

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Which wiki was it?

One of my jobs at work, is to coordinate the Joondalup Learning Precinct Mentoring program.  Feedback from last years cohort indicated that opportunities for increasing collaboration and networking within and between cohorts would be welcome.

“Wonderful work for a wiki”  I thought

I excitedly have gone and set up my collaborative wiki with wikispaces.  The program started this morning with the first of 3 sessions for the week.  The participants are keen to get their hands wet in their wiki (so to speak).  Given the range of ICT literacy skills, it is apparent that I need to develop a sufficient instruction base to get them up and running.

Unashamedly (after all, why re-invent the wheel?), I asked Good Sue if I could look at her work wikis.  She duely sent off the URL’s to my work Skype (don’t you love getting around that nasty firewall?) and I proceeded to look at the construct of the aforementioned wiki’s.

This evening, I have eagerly sat down, bouyed by the enthusiasm of my participants to build the wiki beyond its current skeletal structure.

I have enjoyed the development (as small as it is) this evening.  The initial steps have been in developing the base instructions for use.  Happily Snagit-ing (is that a word?) away I looked at the work already done by Sue, and thought,

“Why am I spending hours doing this, when its already been done?”

Good Sue has so many wikis, I then started getting lost trying to remember which wiki, which page, which link and which content it was that I really wanted to illustrate my point.

This has raised the question for me of IP, copyright and so forth.  Sue is happy for me to use whatever I want.  I have created a number of acknowledgments on a variety of pages sourcing the work where relevant.  But is it needed?  I am working in the higher education sector at the moment – almost every word has to be referenced.  Copyright and IP infringement in my organisation are not issues taken lightly.  When is enough enough in referencing her?  Do I have to reference her? Does it matter?

I rang Sue and asked with this Web2.0 “stuff” is it ok to just grab what you want from peoples pages, if it’s this ubiquitous learning concept and social networking and sharing.  When is copyright infringement, copyright in Web2.0? Or at all?  I must say, I still feel guilty for poaching her work even though its with permission, and she openly admits to “recycling” work of others with these simple instructions.

Without reading further, these are some basic thoughts that are flying around my head at 10.40pm.  I suspect that sleep will not come easily this evening (dreams of IP and copyright infringement …ahhhh), and that this is a subject I might explore further in another post.   Wikiip? or Wiki-IP?