The approaches behind the concept of "University 2.0" are now becoming more widely accepted. We are now seeing initial uses by the early adopters of Web 2.0 and Social Web services being adopted by mainstream users.
However the doubts and concerns which were initially raised by sceptics have not disappeared - there are legitimate concerns regarding the sustainability of Social Web services, the risks of changes to terms and conditions provided by commercial providers of services, the dangers of lock-in and possible difficulties in migrating content, services and communities to other environments as well as a variety of legal risks. Such concerns are becoming even more relevant in the context of the global economic crisis and the possibilities that services used to support University 2.0 may not be economically viable.
In this talk Brian Kelly, a national Web adviser to the UK's higher education community will describe approaches to ensuring the long-term sustainability of institutional use of the Social Web services, technologies and approaches which underpins University 2.0.
UK Web Focus, based at UKOLN, University of Bath, UK. Recent content at http://www.rebelmouse.com/briankelly/
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