SHEEN Sharing

A Project of the Scottish Employability Co-ordinators' Network

The Wisdom of the (S)ages: Literature/Project Review Bookmarks

*** Update, 12 October 2009 ***

NB: I have now removed the below-noted Delicious widgets from the right-hand column of this blog, as they were distracting: they were intended as examples only at the start of the project.  We are now using Diigo to bookmark and share resources within the ECN.  See blog postings on Diigo by clicking on the tag Diigo on the right, or by clicking here.

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*** Original post from 23 February 2009 ***

Hi everyone. Have you set up your newsfeed for this blog yet so you can get updated on news from the project? Go to the Entries RSS link in the column over there —> .. and put the hyperlink URL into your feed reader; then you’ll get an update every time anyone adds a new post to this blog. For more detailed instructions see https://sheensharing.wordpress.com/2009/02/10/tips-tricks-getting-updates-easily-using-feeds/

On to today’s business: if you’re observant you’ll have noticed a new widget in the far right-hand column called SHEEN Sharing Literature/Project Review: Links on Delicious. You’ll see a list of linked resources with descriptions; you can also click on the widget title and go to Delicious itself to see all the resources bookmarked sheensharing_web2.

This is really for my job of looking at what recent and current projects have found/are finding out about the best way to share resources on the Web in a distributed community of practice. Like this one. I’ve been bookmarking resources to review for this purpose on Delicious as: sheensharing_web2 (you’ll recall we’re bookmarking resources of interest from an employability perspective just as: sheensharing – hence we also have a widget over in that column just for those).

The beauty of this is: if you come across anything you want to share you can just bookmark it in Delicious with the tag sheensharing or sheensharing_web2 and it’ll appear on this page, in the correct widget in the right-hand column. You’ll be able to do this just by clicking a button in your browser toolbar when you are looking at a webpage you want to bookmark. Please use Delicious to let me know of any relevant resources you come across!

Of course, this means you need a Delicious account. These are free and can be as anonymous as you like. There are all sorts of things SHEEN Sharing can do in future with this, so Delicious will be one of the tools we trial over the course of the project. And, just to encourage you further, just using Delicious for your own bookmarking purposes is a gift in itself- it means you can access your own bookmarks (and make them public or private) from any computer or device with Web access, and you don’t have to move or sync them on new computers.

If you fancy trying it now, go to: http://delicious.com/ – it’s very easy to set up an account and start bookmarking.

February 23, 2009 Posted by | Bookmarking, SHEEN Sharing Project, Tagging, Using Newsfeeds, Web2.0 Tools, Tips and Tricks | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Introductory Meetings: Dates and Venues

I want to meet with all the Scottish employability co-ordinators very soon to get an idea of what you want this project to achieve for you, and for the wider employability scene.  I also want to show you in person some of the tools and ideas the project will be investigating. With such a short project, Cherie and I felt that it would be better for me to hold a series of small meetings rather than try and get out to see all of you one-by-one.

So, we decided on four informal geographical sub-groupings, and I have arranged half-day meetings for each.  You will have been notified by email of the date, time and venue for your relevant geographical group, but I thought I would post them all here so you have a place you can go to double check.

Now, some folk can’t make the date/time of their geographical group.  If this is the case, please consider coming to one of the other group meetings.  Check out their details below; it might be convenient for you, you never know!  Just drop me an email if you want to attend so I can let the hosts know correct numbers.

Edinburgh Group

Tue. 10th March, 13:30-16:00, Edinburgh University
Lunch from 13:30-14:00- discussion will start over lunch.

Attendees: co-ordinators from Edinburgh University, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh College of Art, Heriot-Watt University, Napier University, The Open University.

Central Group

Wed. 11th March, 10:00-12:30, Dundee University.
Lunch provided- discussion will continue over lunch.

Attendees: co-ordinators from University of St Andrews, Dundee University, Abertay University, Stirling University.

Northern Group

Mon. 23rd March, 13:00-16:00, Aberdeen University.
Lunch provided- discussion will start over lunch.

Attendees: co-ordinators from Aberdeen University, Robert Gordon University and UHI Millennium Institute.

West of Scotland Group

Fri. 27th March, 10:00-12:30, University of Strathclyde
Lunch provided- discussion will continue over lunch.

Attendees: co-ordinators from Glasgow Caledonian University, University of the West of Scotland, University of Strathclyde.

My warmest thanks to everyone for tolerating the software glitches that made the whole meeting-organising thing a nightmare for me (thanks Gmail), and also big thanks to those who have offered to host the meetings at their institutions.

February 18, 2009 Posted by | SHEEN Project Admin, SHEEN Project Dissemination, SHEEN Project Events & Meetings, SHEEN Sharing Project | | Leave a comment

Tips & Tricks: Getting Updates Easily Using Feeds

Introduction to Newsfeedsfeed-icon-28x28
As we noted in the Project Development Group kick-off meeting at the end of January, newsfeeds (e.g. RSS Feeds, Atom Feeds, Podcast Feeds) are the lynchpin to using social media on the Web. Regardless of which Web2.0 tools others in your network or community use, if you can get feeds you can be informed of their news, new resources and relevant discussions as easily as checking your email inbox. Likewise, regardless of what Web2.0 tools YOU choose to use, you can be confident that others will be updated on the new resources or ideas you want to share, because your own tools will allow them to receive feeds.

Choosing a Feed Reader
There are many feed tools out there for you to choose from. Some allow you to log into a website to check your feeds, some sit on your desktop and pull feeds down off the web. It’s similar to the two main ways you might get email: you may log onto the Hotmail or Gmail service on the web, for instance, to read your emails, or you may have Microsoft Outlook or Mozilla Thunderbird or similar on your own computer, pulling your emails in for you. It doesn’t matter which reader you use; you can experiment.

The two tools we looked at in the project kick-off meeting were Google Reader on the web, and Mozilla Thunderbird on the desktop, mainly because these are the two tools I currently use, so I was able to show the Development Group a bunch of existing newsfeeds and how they work, how I organise them, where they come from, and so on.

Getting Started With Feeds
To get started, if you haven’t already, go to http://www.google.co.uk/reader/ and sign up to get a Google account- if you already have one you can just use that.  Or, feel free to experiment with some other free tool.

Alternatively, have a look in your email client’s help section to see how to set up feeds in the same tool as your email. For instance, in Thunderbird, go to Tools > Account Settings > News & Blogs > Manage Subscriptions > Add. You will be given a box to enter a new Feed URL.

Getting Feeds: The Feed URL
Whatever feed tool you use, the key is the Feed URL. By giving the Feed URL for a site or service to your feed reader, you are ensuring that every time you look in your reader, you will see the latest updates from that site or service.

The best way to start for this project would be to subscribe to the feed for this blog. That way you will be updated every time there is a new posting added to the blog. To do this, look near the bottom of the columns on the right, under Site Admin & Feeds. Click on Entries RSS and you will get the Feed URL. If you have already signed up for Google Reader, clicking this link should immediately open a Google Reader page allowing you to put this feed into your reader. If you are using an email client or other tool, you can copy and past the Feed URL into whatever form or box that tool gives you for subscribing to feeds.

Feeds for Specific Pages, Postings and Comments
You may find you want to monitor comments on this blog, to see if anyone has posted a comment on something you have written, or just to keep up with discussions. Under Site Admin & Feeds you will see a link for Comments RSS – selecting this will give you a comments feed.

You can also get feeds for particular pages or blog postings on this blog. For instance, click on Welcome to the SHEEN Sharing Project to see the welcome page for this blog. If you look up in the browser address box, where the URL for the page is, you will see the RSS Feed icon to the right feed-icon-14x14. Wherever you see this icon on the web, you can click it to get a feed for the resource it is attached to. In this case, clicking it will give you a news feed just for that page; you will be notified of any additions, edits, or comments for the page.

Other Feeds
Do you have websites or discussion forums that you check regularly, as part of your work, to follow the news, or for personal interests? Go have a look and see if they offer a feed. You can add this to your feed reader too, and find out how much time you can save just going to one place to be notified of updates to things you are interested in.

Feeds and Your Daily Routine
Once you have a feed or some feeds of interest to you set up in your reader, you can have your own routine with checking them. It’s similar to email: feeds can be a great source of news, information and help, but they can also take your time away from other tasks if you check them too often, or if you feel obliged to read every single news item that comes in. You’ll have to employ similar feed management strategies as you do with email; in fact, simply checking your feeds each time you go in to check your email might be a good starting point.

Incoming Feeds on this Blog
You may have noticed in the columns to the right, there are some items with the feed icon next to them. These are trial examples of using other sites’ feeds to pull relevant content into this blog for our community to use. At the time of writing, I’ve set up two incoming feeds. One is Project Documents from Scribd and the other is SheenSharing Bookmarks from Delicious. I’ll explain more about these in future postings here, but the general idea is that Cherie and I can use Scribd to post documents such as project plans, presentation slides, etc. on a free site called Scribd; I have set up a feed from Scribd, just for our group’s documents, into our blog page. So if you click on the links there you will be taken to the relevant project document on Scribd, and allowed to read or download it. Each time we add a new document, the feed in the right-hand column is automatically updated. Similarly, we are using Delicious, a free site for sharing bookmarks, to collect links of relevance to the project. We tag them on Delicious with the unique tag “sheensharing”, and we have a feed coming into the blog which lists all items with that tag.

So: this is your sandbox: feel free to play in it, get started with a feed reader and some feeds, and please post comments, questions and feedback here so others can benefit from your experience and offer you theirs.

The next posting from me will be about getting you started in writing your own posts here on the blog!

February 10, 2009 Posted by | Blogging, Bookmarking, Using Newsfeeds, Web2.0 Tools, Tips and Tricks | , , | 3 Comments

Snowy day at Project Consultant’s home

This post demonstrates how someone using Twitpic to post photos directly to Twitter can also share their Twitpic photos in a blog posting.  The Twitpic site allows you to copy a small bit of HTML and paste it straight into your blog post- you don’t need to know anything about the HTML, just copy-n-paste.  The photo here also links back to the Twitpic page it lives on, so you can look at it and other Twitpics the person has shared.

1st of 3 photos of my back court in Govanhill #uksnow - it's ... on TwitPic

View of snowfall at back of morageyrie's flat, 9 Feb. 2009, Glasgow

February 9, 2009 Posted by | Blogging, Social Networking, Web2.0 Tools, Tips and Tricks | , , , | 3 Comments

Preparation for SHEEN meeting

A key task for this week will be preparing the project update for the SHEEN meeting on 19Feb. We will be notifying people about this test site, our use of blogging and will include the introduction to Web 2.0 applications.

February 9, 2009 Posted by | Blogging, SHEEN Project Admin, SHEEN Project Dissemination, SHEEN Project Events & Meetings, SHEEN Sharing Project, Web2.0 Tools, Tips and Tricks | | 5 Comments

Welcome to the new SHEEN Sharing Project Blog

Welcome to the first posting on the SHEEN Sharing Project Blog.  I’m Sarah Currier (my username on this blog, and in many other Web spaces: morageyrie), and I’ve been employed by the project as an external consultant to help develop resource sharing, resource dissemination, and community building for the SHEEN Employability Co-ordinators’ Network (ECN).

This blog is a place for the ECN and other interested people to find out what’s going on in the project.  It’s also a collaborative space for the ECN to share resources, tips & tricks, and their own ideas and activities related to the SHEEN Sharing Project.  As such, it’s both a sandbox for learning about Web2.0, and a resource in its own right.

To start with, the SHEEN Sharing Project Development Group will have author accounts which will allow them to post to the blog, contributing to its content.  Anyone can comment on postings, and suggest resources to be included in the various widgets in the right-hand columns.  I’ll be visiting and supporting the whole ECN over the next few months; eventually, we hope that all the employability co-ordinators will feel confident to post to the blog themselves.

February 6, 2009 Posted by | Blogging, SHEEN Project Dissemination, SHEEN Sharing Project, Web2.0 Tools, Tips and Tricks | , , , | Leave a comment