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Web 2.0 Applications LIB 5020 Information Sources and Services Summer 2008. Contributors:. Colleen Yarnell Amy Edwards Ashley Eades Theresa Bryant. Connie Tharrington Jennifer Weitzel Kim Loye Vanessa Lail. Category 1 Tools for Collaboration.

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Web 2.0 Applications

LIB 5020

Information Sources and Services

Summer 2008


Colleen Yarnell

Amy Edwards

Ashley Eades

Theresa Bryant

Connie Tharrington

Jennifer Weitzel

Kim Loye

Vanessa Lail

what is a wiki
Wiki is a piece of server software that allows users to freely create and edit Web page content using any Web browser. Wiki supports hyperlinks and has a simple text syntax for creating new pages and cross links between internal pages on the fly. Wiki is unusual among group communication mechanisms in that it allows the organization of contributions to be edited in addition to the content itself. Like many simple concepts, "open editing" has some profound and subtle effects on Wiki usage. Allowing everyday users to create and edit any page in a Web site is exciting in that it encourages democratic use of the Web and promotes content composition by nontechnical users. (

What is a Wiki?

Category 2:

Tools for Social Networking & Community Building


  • The free-access website is privately owned and operated by Facebook, Inc. Users can join networks organized by city, workplace, school, and region to connect and interact with other people. People can also add friends and send them messages, and update their personal profile to notify friends about themselves.
  • Facebook is rapidly becoming a web tool used by all ages to connect with others.

  • MySpace is a popular social networking website offering an interactive, user-submitted network of friends, personal profiles, blogs, groups, photos, music and videos for teenagers and adults internationally.

  • My space not only offers a social networking tool, but also a great site for musicians to gain fans and get noticed.

  • is a social network service created in 1995[1] by Randy Conrads who founded Classmates Online, Inc.[2] The social media website helps members find, connect and keep in touch with friends and acquaintances from throughout their lives — including kindergarten, primary school, high school, college, work and the United States military.

  • is a great place to locate lost classmates or post an announcement about an upcoming reunion, wedding or birth of a child.

  • Ning is an online platform for users to create their own social websites and social networks.
  • The unique feature of Ning is that anyone can create their own custom socialnetwork for a particular topic or need, catering to specific audiences.

  • Ning offers a more specific network and limits the people that can join.

  • Knowtes is a flashcard-based learning community.
  • Knowtes optimizes your study. By adding a card to your Knowtes memory, it becomes due at optimized intervals. The Knowtes Adaptive Learning Engine then adjusts how frequently you have to study cards in your memory based on how well you do on them. No more wasting time on cards you already know by heart.

  • Twitter is a service for friends, family, and co–workers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: What are you doing?


Category 3:

Tools to Publish and Disseminate Information



  • Google Sites ( is a new project from Google. This like having a business intranet, hosted through their servers. With it, users can setup websites, integrate all the Google Docs if they use those, use a central calendar, and more. DPI is now using this for organizational tools.
  • This document management eliminates finance and accounting paper-related hassles.
  • To centralize & share information across your organization use:

Category 4:

Tools to Share Stories

web 2 0 tools

  • This webpage shares 50 different tools for creating web based stories.
  • These tools include:
    • Slideshow tools – organized around photos or graphics and may be able to add audio.
    • timeline tools – organized by time/date with text, images, hyperlinks (could be used for class assignments in history or in business settings for a timeline of a business’ evolution)
    • Mixer tools – include several different media types for a solution that is not necessarily linear.
cogdogroo websites continued
Cogdogroo websites continued
  • Comic tools – can create your own cartoon or comic strip (could be interesting to use in an art class)
  • Scrapbook tools – revolve around a theme but can be a story as well.
  • Map tools – great for stories/presentations involving travel over a distance. ( Would be great for Geography or History and for business showing its different locations in an informational format)
  • Podcast tools- built primarily around audio
  • Video tools – uploading, editing, remixing of video.
  • Presentation tools
other storytelling resources
Other storytelling resources

Category 5:

Tools for Creating New Tools


A new tool for collaboration is formed when a familiar tool becomes web-based.

When databases, word processors, and spreadsheets are web-based they are accessible to more people, at more times, and in more places. This fosters the spirit of collaboration associated with Web 2.0 applications.

Databases: Lazy base, DabbleD

Word Processing: Google Docs, Zoho Writer

Spreadsheets: Google Docs, Num Sum

The products created by these tools may become tools in their own right.


Mashups are new tools created when information from several sources is integrated into one tool.

Common Mashup Genres

MappingNewsSearch & ShoppingVideo & Photo

  • Average users create simple mashups.
  • Add a search box to your blog.
  • Embed a YouTube video on a website.
  • Add a photo or ticker to a message board post.
  • Add a Google widget to your webpage.
  • Customize a page such as iGoogle.
  • In these situations we take advantage of code and frameworks programmers have already provided for us. These are often called cut and paste mashups.

Programmers use coding skills to create complex mashups.

  • A real estate agency might use a mashup that combines listings with data from Google Maps.
  • A tourism committee might use a mashup that combines Google Maps information with a photostream. This same mashup might be used in the education realm to create a virtual field trip for students.
  • Presentation mashups used in business and education display content from multiple sources on the same screen.
  • Creating this type of mashup requires more finesse. Yahoo Pipes, QEDwiki, and JackBe, are good starting points for users with a little more programming knowledge.
simple applications involving independent tools simple enough for the novice to create
Simple Applications Involving Independent Tools (simple enough for the novice to create)

1. Personal Life: 

  • How can I share my internet resources on knitting with my friends and allow them to make additions?

2. Education: 

  • How can I start an interactive Pathfinder page of tutorials for my Algebra 1 students to use for review?

3.  Business:

  • If my partner and I are conducting research for a presentation and he is in a different location, how can we compare the results side-by-side?
more complex applications involving tools working simultaneously more difficult to create
More Complex Applications Involving Tools Working Simultaneously (more difficult to create)
  • Personal Life:
  • What are the most popular baby names around the world?
  • How can I Map the yard sales in my community
  • What kind of virtual worlds exist that I can explore online?
more complex applications involving tools working simultaneously more difficult to create1
More Complex Applications Involving Tools Working Simultaneously (more difficult to create)

2.  Education:

  • If I want to attend college in NC, plan to major in accounting, and want to attend a college in a town where there are a lot of great places to eat, where should I apply?
  • What kind of virtual worlds are offered at colleges in NC?High Schools?
  • Why resort to virtual learning?  "When we listen to students and watch students, we will find that they are trying to tell us and show us how they learn."

(John Shaffer)

more complex applications involving tools working simultaneously more difficult to create2
More Complex Applications Involving Tools Working Simultaneously (more difficult to create)

3.  Business:

  • What are the top 25 companies to work for and where are they located on the map?
  • Medical Convention for Doctors
  • Testing of New Cars"Mechanical simulation — which is used, for example, to predict the crashworthiness of a new car design — is a $1.5 billion business and is growing at 10% to 12% a year, said Marc Halpern, research director at Gartner Inc. He says using virtual reality is less expensive and quicker than building and testing complex prototypes."  (James Hannah)