Feb 232011

Today I’m liveblogging from the CIGS Web 2.0 & Metadata Annual Seminar taking place at the National Library of Scotland, Board Room, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh. Usual live blog rules apply – the notes will probably change for corrections, tidying, pictures etc. [update: pictures are on Flickr (and will be added soon)] but should give a sense of the day.

OK we’re starting off with coffee, registration and biscuits and such. Below is the programme for the day – I’ll be filling in the gaps with notes throughout the day. The hashtag for the day is #cigs11.

Graeme Forbes, current chair of CIGS is introducing this, the fourth CIGS Web 2 & Metadata seminar. Our first speaker is Gilian Hanlon of SLIC.

Ask Scotland / Gillian Hanlon, SLIC

Gillian will be talking about Ask Scotland, a web based service which enables direct contact with a librarian to ask questions, sharing knowledge and collections with a global audience. This service is based in 17 different public libraries throughout Scotland and started as a local history service – it has now expanded but Scotland and Scottish History remain an important area for questions and knowledge sharing. Some specialist libraries have now joined Ask Scotland and the first Further Education library joined the group recently.

Ask Scotland also connects into Scotlands Information and CAIRNS – these are repurposed through maps and find a book icons in Ask Scotland so that these tools can be used by users, not just librarians. The intent is a one stop shop for users.

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 February 23, 2011  Posted by at 10:21 am LiveBlogs 1 Response »
Feb 172011

Today I’m live-blogging (and as such all the usual rules – I may make updates and add links etc. later on) the talk by Professor Richard Edwards, The School of Education at Stirling for DiCE entitled:

Mobilities and moorings in cyber education

Richard’s previous work has been on topics like postmodernism, post-humanism, post-globalism etc.  Richard is head of the School of Education at Stirling.

Richard will outline his thinking on spatial theory and spatial theory applied to education. And also on a particular project called Ensemble on the semantic web, spatial theory, technology and education.

Richard started as an undergraduate in geography, then moved into philosophy but geography has gotten more interesting recently and I’ve migrated back into that. There’s a lot of discussion on spaces and learning spaces in education but the notion of space is not theorized. So I try to look at the way in which spatial theory developing and what that means for educational technology, if it means anything at all. I’ll be presenting some of my current thinking but it’s a work in progress as any good research should be.

We’re all aware of new possibilities that have and continue to emerge in technologies and education. Then thinking about the different ways we can take that up and the ways in which we can look at relationships and connections etc.

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 February 17, 2011  Posted by at 2:01 pm LiveBlogs 1 Response »
Feb 032011

As many of you may already know I’ve been working with my colleagues to create a set of guidelines on blogging and social media for some time. I am therefore very excited to let you know that we have just published version 1.0 of the EDINA Social Media Guidelines on the EDINA website under a CC (Attribution-ShareAlike) license.

The guidelines are intended to encourage and support use of social media but also to provide some common sense advice about getting presences set up, dealing with difficult comments, etc.  We have been using various draft versions of the guidelines internally for some time in order to gather feedback on how well they work, what else should be covered, etc. and this has been an invaluable process. I think the guidelines that have emerged are much stronger for the community input we’ve had and this first full version feel really compact, really relevant and cover a lot of ground, or, as my colleague Paul puts it: the guidelines are “a short but meaty” document.

Obviously social media moves fast and to stay relevant these guidelines will continue to develop, iterating regularly to take account of new tools and technologies and to take account of the feedback we receive back. With that in mind I would love to hear your comments and feedback on this first version.

Publishing the guidelines means we are not only being transparent about our own processes of adopting and using social media but it also means we can learn from others’ experiences and feedback. We are also sharing what we have learned over a roughly two year process. When I began drafting the guidelines I reviewed other social media guidelines (for which Jeremiah Oywang’s blog is always a useful source) including those from IBM, the UK Government Twitter guidance (links to Guardian coverage as the original copy is no longer available), various local councils policies, the BBC guidelines and, curiously but very usefully, the US Air Force flow chart for dealing with comments (which has inspired our own comment moderation guide).

We’ve also used the guidelines as an opportunity to flag up some of our current social media activity. We already have a social media page on the EDINA website but we’ve also posted a news item today to highlight some of the recent activity on those blogs, twitter accounts, Facebook pages, etc. that we list. My colleagues at EDINA share their substantial expertise and experiences through project, service and team social media presences and I highly recommend taking a wee look around the blogs in particular.

I hope you’ll find the guidelines interesting and if you think they might be useful for your own organisation please do have a look, grab a copy and adapt as you’d like – though I’d love to hear how you’re using them – do leave me a comment or drop me an email!