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ERIC Number: EJ813427
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1041-7915
The "Long Tale": Using Web 2.0 Concepts to Enhance Digital Collections
Bullen, Andrew
Computers in Libraries, v28 n9 p31-35 Oct 2008
The wonderful Web 2.0 is a famously slippery concept to define. The very ambiguity of the term is Escheresque, self-referential to its ever-changing meaning. As Tim O'Reilly, CEO of O'Reilly Media, described it, "Like many important concepts, Web 2.0 doesn't have a hard boundary, but rather, a gravitational core." As Illinois State Library's information technology coordinator, the author has come to realize that embracing this essential Web 2.0 philosophy is a useful tool in unlocking the true potential of digital collections. In this article, the author contends that until people embrace Web 2.0 concepts, digital repositories cannot evolve beyond very useful cataloging tools. The author's interpretation of Web 2.0 is that it is a blurring of boundaries. This is the powerful philosophy that guides the three parts of this article: (1) joining existing tools to put digital images in context; (2) creating tangential or related stories (which the author has taken to referring to as the "long tale"); and (3) enabling audience participation to enrich the content. (Contains 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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