Good news: SHEEN Sharing has officially been extended until February 2010. Our thanks to the SHEEN Steering Group for this validation of the hard work everyone involved has put in so far.
You’ll be seeing some new blog posts coming out here updating you on many different aspects of SHEEN Sharing’s progress.
We’ve been extended to really capitalise on the first nine months of the project. Now that the ECN are starting a new academic year, and have had tasters of all the cool Web 2.0 things they can do, we want to really start embedding the chosen trial tools and new practices in their work.
When SHEEN Sharing started, the core idea was to end up with a one-stop-shop on the Web to share and find and disseminate and discuss good quality employability resources with a range of stakeholders in and around the ECN.
Our One-Stop-Shop: Netvibes
Our one-stop-shop is the virtual repository for employability we have created using Netvibes: http://www.netvibes.com/Employability
This repository is still in a “sandbox” phase: the next four months of SHEEN Sharing will be dedicated in part to turning this into a resource the ECN can use, contribute to and be proud to send to other stakeholders.
Contributing Your Favourite Resources: Diigo
The way for ECN members to contribute their favourite resources to the Netvibes repository is through bookmarking and sharing them on Diigo.
This has the added benefit of allowing them to access their own bookmarks from any computer on the Web, and to link in with each other and a wider international community to discuss and share resources.
Catching up on Netvibes and Diigo: Flashmeeting Webinar Later This Month
With the extension of the SHEEN Sharing project until Jan/Feb 2010, we will be having some more Flashmeeting webinars.
I will be hosting monthly webinars, with open drop-in support from 9:00-10:30, and presentations / discussions on particular topics from 10:30-12:00. The first webinar this month will be for a recap/catchup on Netvibes and Diigo (including an overview of new features in Diigo v4, released late last month).
In addition, Cherie Woolmer and the project development group will be organising a series of employability co-ordinator led webinars to show-and-tell tools and practices that have changed their jobs and lives for the better through SHEEN Sharing.
Further Diigo Trainings: Introductions, Recaps and Diigo-ing Deeper
We will also be running two more Diigo Training days, in November 2009. Each day will consist of a morning session recapping the original introductory workshop for those who haven’t been able to attend, which can also serve as a refresher for those who would like one. Each afternoon will be a chance to dig a bit deeper into Diigo for those who have already been using it. Those who attend in the morning will also be welcome to stay for the afternoon.
NB: Diigo recently released an all-new and shiny version 4. This includes one amazing new feature: the ability to save an archived copy of a resource you have bookmarked, so if the resource ever disappears you have a copy of it to use in future. It also includes the feature we’d been eagerly waiting and hoping for: the ability to set up a working feed from a Diigo Group by individual tag (e.g. a feed just for resources tagged “cocurriculum” by the Employability Group). We’ll cover all this and more for those who want to see it at the afternoon trainings.
Keeping Up-To-Date on SHEEN Sharing
Further information on the above and more will continue to be disseminated via the SHEEN Sharing blog and Twitter account. Please note that the blog is now totally dedicated to dissemination of SHEEN Sharing as a project: sharing of employability resources by the ECN will continue via Diigo.
The SHEEN Sharing blog can be visited here: http://sheensharing.wordpress.com/
You can subscribe to updates from the blog using the RSS feed here: http://sheensharing.wordpress.com/feed/
Or, you can look at the blog updates on the Employability Netvibes page, in the first tab which is currently devoted to SHEEN Sharing as a project:
http://www.netvibes.com/Employability#Welcome (see the section in the bottom right: “SHEEN Sharing Blog updates”).
To follow us on Twitter for even more pithy updates, go here: http://twitter.com/sheensharing
It’s funny what you come up with when you’re supposed to be writing up a big old document (in my case, the final polished version of the SHEEN Sharing Literature Review and Requirements Review docs). Was thinking about LibraryThing, which is possibly my favourite Web 2.0 app, and one I only use for personal stuff.
It’s a huge favourite out there to, particularly as a cross-over into the web for Luddite book-lovers. Basically, you can make a web catalogue of all your books, and include reviews, ratings and tags. And you can see others’ reviews and ratings, and get automatic recommendations, and join groups of like-minded others.
When I joined I even wrote away for their lovely barcode reader in the shape of a cat (oh how they know their target audience!). Because you don’t have to manually catalogue your books: you can just enter the ISBN, and you’ll get the full catalogue record immediately. Plus a nice little thumbnail image of the book’s cover.
Thinking about applications of LibraryThing for SHEEN Sharing: some folk mentioned that many of their favourite resources are non-digital, hard copy only. Here’s a way of sharing those. Because, like everything else, LibraryThing offers feeds and widgets, so we can expose our recommended employability resources via our Netvibes page.
Also, small libraries now use LibraryThing to catalogue their collections online. There are a number of English university careers’ services already cataloguing their libraries there. To see what a LibraryThing feed looks like in Netvibes, go to the Student Resources tab on our Employability page; you’ll see one from The Careers Group (UoL), and one from King’s College London. NB: You can see reviews and recommendations, where available, by clicking on the books’ titles.
At the moment, as with Diigo, LibraryThing appears to have a small bug in its feed capabilities. It offers the ability to have a feed based on a search for the tag “employability”, but the feed doesn’t work. I’ve contacted them to find out if it’s a known bug, and when it will be fixed.
In the meantime though, if folk think it’s a nice idea, and if you have books and other hard-copy resources you want to share, we could start up a SHEEN Sharing LibrayThing account and start entering stuff there.
Only if there’s a demand though: we want to focus on Diigo first!