Archive for the 'CCL Learn' Category

23
Jul
09

Making Connections – tools

I like using Netvibes as a tool to keep all of my connections together. I think this is where Netvibes really excels. If you have a certain number of computers that you use regularly – like one at home and one and work I find xmarks (was foxmarks) an add on to Firefox that lets you sync bookmarks using a centrally located account, really useful.

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23
Jul
09

Local Government, Education, GLAMS

Looking around the various sites in these catagories, it seems to me that the biggest challenged faced is how to keep the use fresh and relevant – web 2.0 is all about engaging, and if the communication is all one way there are better or easier ways of connecting.

14
Jul
09

The NZ 2.0 post

Initially I thought the e-government web 2.0 page was going to be really interesting. After looking through a number of the sites the uncharitable side of me thinks they’re all a little dull, or in the words of a more generous colleague, “they’re very worthy”

The highlight (and I use the word very generally) is the national Library flickr page. I’ve book marked the page will check back to see if things improve.

13
Jul
09

General thoughts

I think the program is going well. There’s a lot there though and I can understand how some may be feeling a little overwhelmed by it all. Some of the modules have a lot in them, and I think it’s best to tak the approach of dipping in and concentrating on the bits that capture your interest rather than reading everything about every element. For me there’s been a few “wow” moments so far, and a few things I’ll be making more use of personally. As well as giving me lots and lots to think about from a service development perspective.

A personal favourite so far? Stumbleupon – and I thought it was just another bookmarking tool……..

10
Jul
09

Impressed

Wow that worked very well – posting directly to word press from Zoho using the share feature. Now that’s what I call integration.

BTW the title of the last post was taken from an old lecturer of mine – when things were getting particularly dull during electrical and electronic principles III he would stand by the window and say those words in a broad Yorkshire accent.

10
Jul
09

Now gentlemen, pause a moment and take a look at that cumilo nimbus

More cloud stuff…….
I like the develops in cloud computing, certainly from a personal use they open up a whole lot of applications that previously you would have had to install on your PC and probably pay for. There are some really interesting developments in the business world too. A big drawback for us is that most of the services are US based, and in reality network speed becomes an issue. A really great product that has lots of potential is GoGrid which allows you have your own virtual server farm and build virtual servers of different flavours on the fly. Absolutely stunning, I set up a trial account and had Linux Appache server running in 15 minutes. Problem was when trying to remote administer the server the network delay was painful, so painful as to make it unusable. A great concept though and I’ll be keeping an eye on what goes on there.

Back to CCL Learn…..
I used a google docs form and spreadsheet to record staff feedback on the free internet image testing. I used it with tiny url because links to google docs can be a little on the lengthy side.

I have been using Librarything on and off for a while. A couple of months back we looked at the possibility of adding the reviews to the CCL OPAC but costs proved prohibitive. On a personal level I use it with Calibre and my Sony ebook reader. Calibre manages the ebook library and draws in book covers and reviews from LibraryThing.

08
Jul
09

Clouds

Crowd sourcing is a new term to me……

Is it sad that I had already done the first exercise several months ago just out of personal curiosity?