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  • Brian Kelly 7:01 pm on May 31, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Allowing Search Engines to Access This Blog 

    When I set up this blog in January 2011 I blocked search engines from indexing the site in order to explore factors which affect traffic to a blog.  Now, fove months later, I have changed this setting so that search engines can index the contents of the blog.

    In order to see when Google discovers this blog this post contains the unique strong ukwebfocusrandomphrase.  When will Google find this phrase? 

  • Brian Kelly 5:28 pm on May 30, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Peerindex – For Individuals and Institutions 

    I recently mentioned Peerindex and thought it would be interesting to see what this tool tells us about Twitter usage patterns for speakers at an event such as UKOLN’s IWMW workshop series. I’d like to explore that at some point (possibly using the Peerindex Firefox plugin and the IWMW Lanyrd pages). But it also occured to me that we cold see what this may tell us about institutional uses. So I’ve created a Peerindex group of the Russell group Universities. I suspect that the measures for institutions will be different for those for individuals, but it might be interesting to use this tool to explore what such measures should be.

  • Brian Kelly 4:45 pm on May 28, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Earlier today Lorcan Dempsey published a post entitled… 

    Earlier today Lorcan Dempsey published a post entitled “Analysing influence .. the personal reputational hamsterwheel” [1]. It provides links to Twitalyzer (“serious analytics for social business”) and PeerIndex (“understand your social capital”). Thinks – since PeerIndex has a RESTful interface (e.g. see my results) it would be interesting to use these tools to anlayse the Twitter communities for speaker at IWMW 2010 and IMW 2011 events. Do speakers at events have higher audience, activity and impact factors than the norm?

    [1] http://orweblog.oclc.org/archives /002176.html”

  • Brian Kelly 6:57 pm on May 26, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Links to Privacy Policies 

    As part of the work in developing privacy policies (related to EU legislation on cookies) I have used Delicious to link to Privacy policy pages for UK Russell Group Universities.

    I’ve used the tags privacy-uk-heis and privacy-uk-russell-group. I hope others will reuse the privacy-uk-hei tag – but what should I suggest for other groupings,such as the 1994 Group?

  • Brian Kelly 5:16 pm on May 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    The Launch of the Paper Matters Most 

    I was recently looking at the download statistics for the ten most popular UKOLN items in the University of Bath repository. The most popular report have a similar shape – a peak after the report is first published, which drops drastically shortly afterwards.  This confirms to me the importance of developing and implementing a marketing strategy for the launch of new publications.

  • Brian Kelly 6:52 pm on May 24, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Metrics As The New Business Model For Social Sharing Services 

    I recently noticed how popular the slides presented at UKOLN’s IWMW 2008 event have been, with the number of downloads ranging from 26,000 views for Ewan MacIntiosh’s closing plenary talk, through to 4,900 views for Alison Kerwin’s talk on “Let the Students Do The Talking” and 2,118 views of Cameron Neylon’s opening plenary talk on “Science in the YouTube Age”. Even slides used in the parallel sessions have proved popular, with 18,350 downloads for Gareth Saunders session on Mind Management For Content Management  and 4,426 and 2,070 views  for the slides used by myself and Marieke Guy in our session on Web Preservation (not bad for a session which, if I remember correctly, had fewer than 20 participants!).

    I have previously commented on the popularity of an individual’s slides, and speculated on ways in which the 12,000+ downloads for Stephen Wheeler’s talk on Web 3.0 The way Forward could be related to impact and value.  In the case of downloads for the slides used in IWMW presentations the value might relate to the event (which provides an opportunity for the aggregation of significant talks) and for the presenters (as it can help raise the profile of their work and their ideas) as well as to those who access the slides.

    Now it is not possible to get richer metrics for usage of Slideshare resources using the free version of the service -for this you need to purchase a premium account.  Might access to metrics provide the sustainable business model for such services, I wonder, as the need to provide statistics as evidence of the value of services grows in importance?

  • Brian Kelly 5:11 pm on May 23, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Make Sure I Use Postrank 

    A note for the future – sign up for a 30 day trial of Postrank in mid May so that I can use results for an event in July.

  • Brian Kelly 4:47 pm on May 23, 2011 Permalink | Reply  


    Timetoast is another “place to create timelines that you can add to your blog or website”. Will it provide any advantages over Dipity, I wonder? My initial feelings are that since it doesn’t seem to be able to import data from other sources (such as RSS feeds) this isn’t as useful at Dipity.

  • Brian Kelly 10:47 am on May 22, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    The Non-Financial Economy Surrounding Access to OER Repositories 

    On Friday I downloaded one of my slideshows from Slideshare – and discovered that I needed to login to Slideshare in order to initiate the download.  The a referer links to a post abut Scribd (see http://moonflowerdragon.blogspot.com/2011/04/scribd-as-repository.html) reminded me of the discussion about concerns about Scribd, including, as pointed out by Stephen Downes, the need to register in order to download resources.  “This isn’t open access” is the argument.

    But access to such resources doesn’t have a financial cost – rather you are paying with the information you provide when you register.  And this doesn’t only happen with these commercial services – if you wish to download a resource from the Open Jorum repository  you need to supply your email address:

    As some resources are quite large in size it can take some time to prepare them for download. Due to this we require you to supply a valid email address so that you can be notified when your download is ready.

    To be fair, though, Open Jorum goes on to add:

    The e-mail address that you submit is only used to inform you when your exported resource is ready for download and is not stored for longer than the time taken to perform this action.

    But ironically, this can be more irritating that the approach taken by commercial services – as I ensure that my Slideshare login credentials are remembered, I do not have to continually provide email details if I wish to download multiple resources.  In addition I can bookmark resources, give comments, etc. because I am logged in.

    Does ‘open’ have to be mean that no login  details need to be provided?

  • Brian Kelly 4:02 pm on May 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply  


    Whilst looking for an iPhone emulator (in order to try and create a screencast of the Pulse News app) I came across the TestiPhone.com emulator of a Web browser on an iPhone.  It strikes me this might be a useful testing tool for Web developers / content owners who don’t have an iPhone.

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