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This wiki page was created for a presentation at the 2007 Faculty Technology Days, at the University of Calgary.

Open, Connected & Social

Blogs, wikis, social software, open content, and "Web 2.0"


Photo by Kris Krug

First, some thoughts

"Be formless... shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle; it becomes the bottle. You put it into a teapot; it becomes the teapot. Water can flow, and it can crash. Be like water, my friend..."
- Bruce Lee
"Communities win. Technologies don't win."
- Tim Bray (in a talk at the University of Calgary)
"... everybody just uses RSS..."
- David Wiley
"Use only that which works, and take it from any place you can find it."
- Bruce Lee
"Go public!"
- John Willinsky, speaking at Northern Voice 2007

It makes more sense to leverage the existing activities of individuals and groups, taking advantage of existing communities and processes, rather than trying to reinvent The One True System That Will Make Everything Work. It's better for Universities to be like water, adapting to what students and faculty are doing, or are able to do, on their own, rather than asserting a preordained solution from on high.

Creative Commons

Creative Commons: Share, reuse, and remix — legally.

Creative Commons provides free tools that let authors, scientists, artists, and educators easily mark their creative work with the freedoms they want it to carry. You can use CC to change your copyright terms from "All Rights Reserved" to "Some Rights Reserved."

Where to find great Creative Commons content

Personal Knowledge Management


Photo by D'Arcy Norman

Outboard Brain


Photo by Aigarius

How most people handle it


Photo by Victoria Peckham



Photo by D'Arcy Norman

Books and assorted media


Photo by D'Arcy Norman


  • archival
  • flexible(ish)
  • hard to search
  • hard to share

How Web 2.0 handles it






Photo by Toby Maloy


  • also archival, but also fresh
  • flexible
  • easy to search
  • easy to share (and collaborate, and build upon)

Open, Connected & Social


A presentation, in four parts, on the topics of creating and using content openly, reusing existing resources, and connecting content and people in a decentralized, flexible model. Your tour guides for this ride are Brian Lamb from UBC, Jim Groom from University of Mary Washington, D'Arcy Norman from the University of Calgary, and Alan Levine from the New Media Consortium.

Collaborative Knowledge Management


Photo by D'Arcy Norman


dynamic networks formed within the "blogosphere"


collaboratively edited web pages (and entire sites)

shared services

the whole is greater than the sum of its parts...

Social Connections


Photo by antmoose

Find your network(s)

The Power of Positive Narcissism

Link to blogs/wikis that you like, use and trust. They will likely find the link and if they like, use and trust your blog, they may reciprocate.

Examples from other institutions

Examples from UCalgary