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  • Brian Kelly 9:56 pm on June 30, 2011 Permalink | Reply  


    Early today Sheila McNeil reminded y of the dlvr.it service which is being used at CETIS for managing Twitter posts.   I was interesting to see the statistics the service provides.  I’m thinking that this might be an interesting service to use, especially for a project’s Twitter account. and perhaps the iwmw and iwmwlive accounts.

  • Brian Kelly 3:56 pm on June 27, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Thoughts on Institutional and Personal Dashboards 

    Tony Hirst has just alerted me to the post on Minding the shop in which back in December 2009 @lessteph outlined a dashboard “which lets me see quickly if our sites are up, what’s hot on them right now, who’s sending us traffic”.

    The dashboard is based on an idea originally developed by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office.

    My thoughts:

    • Can something similar be done to provide an institutional dashboard?
    • Can such a dashboard be published to demonstrate an institution’s committment to openness and transparency?
    • Can a personal dashboard be produced to show an individual’s engagement with social media?


  • Brian Kelly 5:09 pm on June 26, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Geo-location Photographic Sharing Services at Forthcoming Events 

    Earlier today Aaron Tay tweeted about his experiments with the Color app at the ALA 2011 conference.  It seems that there have been 3 contributors and 17 photos taken in the same vicinity at the conference – and note that if you view this resource in Color app you get a richer interface.

    I tried to use Color at the Eduserv Symposium but had no joy in seeing a colleague’s photos even though she was sat directly in front of me (although it did work when I initially used the app in The Bell).    Perhaps I should try it again, though this time trying to ensure there are more contributors – perhaps at the forthcoming Impact workshop or IWMW 2011.  Or maybe I should try Mobli?

  • Brian Kelly 7:49 pm on June 24, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Observing the Hearbeat of an Event 

    How might one observe the Twitter ‘heartbeat’ of participants at an event?  How about creating a Twitter list of the participants and using the Twitte StreamGraphs service I mentioned previously as it can display a timeline of tweets for a Twitter list as well as a hashtag,

    Examples are available for the UKOLN’s Evidence, Impact, Metrics workshop and the IWMW 2011 event.

  • Brian Kelly 6:34 pm on June 23, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    UKOLN’s Twitter Heartbeat 

    At yesterday’s DevCSI a11yhack event I rediscovered the Twitter StreamGraphs service and used it to document the ‘heartbeat’ created by Twitter users at the event. Today I used the tool to provide a timeline for tweets containing “UKOLN”. What I found was a heartbeat which seems to be based on three events: the DevCSI #a11yhack event; the #oai7 event and the DCC Roadshow in Glasgow.

    It might be interesting to produce such visualisations over time.

  • Brian Kelly 9:27 pm on June 22, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Thoughts on a Twitter Framework for Events 

    Whilst attending the DevCSI A11y Hack event I had an opportunity to try out various Twitter curation and aggregation tools in order to better understand how Twitter was being used by participants at the event (which had a #a11yhack tag) and by others with an interest in the content of the event. It struck me that as well as the event organisers having an interest in ways of monitoring impact and outreach using such approaches (as well as being able to provide timely interventions in case it is noticed that things are going wrong), the participants themselves may also have similar interests in helping to reflect on the events, the discussions, the resources shared, the community interaction and growth, etc.

    A Twitter framework for events would probably need the following components:

    • Information on the role of Twitter in supporting events
    • Details on the possible beneficiaries
    • Coining an event hastags (name, announcements, etc,)
    • Archiving processes
    • Realtime analyses
    • Subsequent analyses.


  • Brian Kelly 7:42 pm on June 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Tweets I (and Others) Have Favourited 

    Jo Brodie (@JoBrodie) introduced me to the Favstar service. So now I can  see the Twitter users I have favourited most and the users who have favourited my tweets the most.


  • Brian Kelly 6:56 pm on June 20, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    TweetTree and TweetKnot 

    Via a couple of tweets from @JoBrodie I was alerted to two new Twitter services: TweetTree and TweetKnot. Looking at my TweetTree details I can see a threaded view of tweets and expansions of links to resources. TweetKnot provides “a Community of Twitter users who [can] share common interest and use this as platform to share the short messages across them. Every member of community can send the message to all other members of the community“.

  • Brian Kelly 4:21 pm on June 19, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Blog Views Up By 300%! 

    Views of this blog are up by over 300% compared with May – and its still only the middle of June! However the percentages are misleading since the views have only increased from 10 to 41.  However it does should that since the block on Google indexing this site was removed on 31 May that people are now finding the site via Google.

  • Brian Kelly 4:19 pm on June 18, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Whose metadata is it, anyway? 

    Back in May 2010 David Cameron in a letter to Government departments described plans for opening up Government data in order to provide greater accountability; value for money in public spending and realise economic benefits for business.

    It might be argued that the New Labour government could well have outlined similar plans when in came into power in May 1997, although back then the technical infrastructure wasn’t in place to allow easy access to such data.  The point being that providing open access to research publications and data predates the arrival of the current government and we should avoid implementing such openness due to disagreements with government policies and funding cuts.

    In HE what should we be doing?  I’d like to make the following suggestions in two areas of interest to me:

    • Open access to metrics on use of online services such as institutional repositories
    • Open access to metadata used in institutional repositories, allowing commercial exploitation of such metadata.

    I’ve discussed reasons for the first proposal in a blog post.  The second areas was discussed on Twitter last night with Chris Keene providing a link to the OpenDOAR registry of IRs. There seem to be several policy statements of the form:

    Metadata re-use policy explicitly undefined; Full data item policies explicity undefined; Content policies explicitly undefined; Submission policies explicitly undefined; Preservation policies explicitly undefined

    whilst others say:

    Metadata re-use permitted for not-for-profit purposes;

    It seems that despite libraries seeming to be promoting the benefits of open access to research papers there is an apparent failure to promote open data.

    The Open Knowledge Foundation blog has recently published a post on4 Stars for Metadata: an Open Ranking System for Library, Archive, and Museum Collection Metadata“. The post states that:

    As the word “open” implies, the Linked Open Data approach requires that data be published under a license or other legal tool that allows everyone to freely use and reuse the data.

    Irrespective of the possible benefits of Linked Data I agree with the need to make metadata more open than it currently is. I feel that a first step should be to audit the existing status of metadata policies in repositories listed in OpenDOAR. What percentage, I wonder, currently allow for commercial reuse?

    Once there’s an understanding of the scale for those who wish to promote a change towards greater openness there will be a need to discuss change control strategies. Is it legally possibly to change existing licence conditions? Whose metadata is it, anyway?






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