Introduction to Web 2.0 for Scholarship and Networking

Introduction to Web 2.0 for Scholarship and Networking

I gave this talk to a group of educators from the country Georgia studying in the United States.

Jessica Baumgart
Wednesday, April 18, 2007

What is Web 2.0?

  • Name derives from software version trends
  • Web 2.0 is a more participatory Web
  • Pre-participatory Web is sometimes called Web 1.0

Web 1.0 vs. Web 2.0

  • One to one
  • Information flow: creator –> consumer
  • Medium: not many other options besides text
  • One to many, many to many
  • Information flow: creator <–> consumer
  • Media: often written text, but now there’s far more audio, video, other formats

Why Web 2.0 Now?

  • Technological advances
  • Importance of other people’s voices, thoughts, perspectives, etc.
  • Value of community

What better way to learn about Web 2.0 than to view a short Web 2.0 video

Let’s Talk about Some Web 2.0 Tools


  • Specialized Web sites with one or a few authors
  • Can be about anything
  • Definitions vary, but features often include short posts, links to other sites, and comments
  • Can be hosted, run on own server, on intranet

Weblog Examples


  • Sites anyone can edit
  • Excellent for collaboration
  • Can run on the public Internet, private intranets, etc.
  • Wikipedia made the software famous

Examples of Wikis

XML Feeds

  • 2 leading formats: RSS and Atom
  • Way of distributing streamlined content
  • Enclosures–a way to send files with feeds used in podcasting, video blogging, and more


  • An XML feed that includes an audio file
  • Used by podcasters, radio shows, etc., to distribute their content

What are Aggregators?

  • Software that transforms XML feeds into something readable
  • Can run on a computer or on the Web

Aggregator Examples

Social Bookmarking Tools

Sharing and Rating Links

Sharing Images Online

Photo Sites

  • Not necessarily new: Yahoo! Photos, etc.
  • What makes some sites new is the community and participatory nature of the sites
  • Flickr:

Video Sites


  • Popularity of moving pictures
  • Technological advances across the board make this easier
  • One-time short films to vlogging to serials

Video Sites

Social Networking

  • Visually connect your contacts together
  • View other people’s contacts
  • Networking

Social Networking Sites

Sharing Music

  • Technology makes this easy
  • Any musician can distribute their work
  • Cut out the recording studios

Music Sites

Sharing Books

Other Aspects of Web 2.0


  • People can assign their own keywords to things–not just their content, but other people’s content as well
  • Assists with finding material and linking material together


  • What about using these materials for educational purposes?
  • Need to rethink rights models

Search Engines

  • Challenged by new content forms
  • Can’t really index audio or video content yet
  • Growing to include new content
  • Specialized search engines

Web 2.0 in the Workforce

  • Renesys uses blogs and wikis.

Knut the Polar Bear Cub

Thank you!
Jessica Baumgart
jkbaumga [at]

Be Sociable, Share!