What can web 2.0 do for you?

Added by Sarah on 06 October 2008 00:00

An afternoon event held by the London Centre for Arts and Cultural Enterprise (LCACE) on Our digital future: New technologies for museums, libraries and archives at King?s College London on 3 October, discussed some interesting topics on new digital technologies in relation to these sectors.

Simon Tanner, Director of King’s Digital Consultancy Services at the Centre for Computing in the Humanities (CCH) at King?s, emphasised the need for collaboration and the benefits it can bring (as well the pitfalls) and gave some top tips for success in working with others, including the warning that
most technological projects fail not due to the wrong or bad technology, but to poor planning and communication. He told delegates that they need to have a clear digitisation strategy which considers both future developments and is sustainable.
He also pointed out that to get your audiences? (and funders?) attention, you need to find a good way of presenting your work, so rather than telling people you are digitising x amount of pages of text, emphasise your plans as being a key part of an invaluable cultural resource.

Paul Vetch, Research Fellow at the CCH looked at what Web 2.0 can do for you and the difficulties of getting users engaged in your website. He showed us some interesting figures for usage of social networking sites, including numbers of fans on Facebook for
the British Library (1,686) and the Tate Modern (17,849) and pointed out that the Tate Modern?s Facebook page has actually been set up by an independent individual (not an employee of the Tate), as the Tate hadn?t gotten round to setting up its own corporate-run one. Yet it is extremely popular ? how interesting!

The afternoon also included an impressive overview of 3D visualisation technology by the charismatic Richard Beacham (also at CCH) which included a tour of his Pompey Project; a talk on planning digital projects for learning outcomes by Flow Associates, and
some case studies that use XML by Paul Spence. The LCACE have promised to put copies of the presentations on their website (see link below).

In the spirit of things, the RIN has set up a Facebook page, visit us and become a fan (you need to have a Facebook account set up before you do this). We?ll post our events and other news to keep you up to date with what we?re up to: www.facebook.com/pages/Research-Information-Network/29441497954 and feel free to ?engage??

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