Glossary

 

Web 2.0 and Other Resources

  • AbiWord: a free, open source, cross-platform word processor suitable for performing basic tasks.
  • About.com: an online source of how-to guides, articles, and commentaries written by experts in a particular field.
  • Academic Earth: a website that offers free online video lectures from select Ivy League universities.
  • Amplify: a social blogging service.
  • Animoto: a web-based application that automatically produces videos from user-selected photos, video clips, and music.
  • Audacity: an open source software for recording and editing sounds.
  • Aviary: a browser-based suite of creative graphic design applications.
  • Bing: Microsoft’s web search engine marketed as a decision engine designed to help searchers with targeted topics such as shopping, travel, local business information, and health-related research.
  • Blio: an ereading application created by Ray Kurzweil.
  • Blogger: a blog publishing tool from Google.
  • Bloglines: a web-based news and feed aggregator.
  • BusinessCard2: an online service for creating virtual business cards.
  • CiteULike: an online service for storing, managing, and discovering scholarly references.
  • Connotea: an online reference management and sharing service for researchers and scientists.
  • CuePrompter: a web-based teleprompter/autocue service.
  • Delicious: a social bookmarking web service for storing, sharing, and discovering web bookmarks.
  • Digg: a community-driven social news website.
  • Dogpile: a metasearch engine that returns combined search results from leading search engines Google, Yahoo!, Bing, and Ask.com.
  • Doodle: a web application for scheduling group events.
  • Drupal: an open source content management system for organizing, managing, and publishing web content
  • Ecademy: a social network for professionals.
  • Facebook: a social networking site that connects people with friends and others who work, study, and live around them.
  • FaxZero: a web-based free faxing service.
  • Flickr: a photo and video hosting service.
  • Foursquare: a location-based social networking website for mobile devices.
  • GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program): an image manipulation program.
  • Google Analytics: Google’s free website statistics service.
  • Google Books: a service from Google that searches the full text of books digitized and stored in a digital database.
  • Google Docs: Google’s web-based office software application, which can be used to create online documents, spreadsheets, drawings, flowcharts, forms, and presentations.
  • Google Reader: Google’s web-based news and feed aggregator service.
  • Google Sites:  Google’s free wiki and webpage creation tool.
  • HathiTrust:  a shared digital library jointly owned and operated by major research institutions and libraries from the United States and Europe.
  • Hulu: an online video hosting service.
  • Internet Archive:  a nonprofit digital library offering free universal access to ebooks, moving images, live music, audio recordings, software, and archived webpages.
  • iTunes U:  a free audio and video hosting service offered by Apple via the iTunes Store for educational institutions and lifelong learners.
  • Jing:  a screen-casting program for capturing and sharing onscreen images and videos.
  • Justin.tv:  a platform available for creating and broadcasting streaming live video to a global audience.
  • Khan Academy:  a hosting and sharing service for educational videos.
  • LibGuides:  SpringShare’s hosted content management and publishing system marketed to libraries to create multimedia content, subject guides, course guides, and information and research portals.
  • Library Success:  A Best Practices Wiki: a one-stop shop wiki created for librarians to share innovative ideas and best practices.
  • LibraryThing:  a social cataloging web application for creating, storing, and sharing personal library catalogs online.
  • Library 2.0:  a social network for librarians conceptualized on the topic of Library 2.0.
  • LinkedIn:  a social network for professionals wishing to make business contacts, search for jobs, and find potential clients.
  • LISWiki:  a library and information science encyclopedia built using the Wiki software.
  • LISZEN:  a library and information science search engine.
  • Livemocha:  an online language-learning community.
  • LucidChart:  an online diagramming tool developed to create and publish customized flowcharts and other diagrams.
  • Lulu:  an online self-publishing service.
  • MARC 21 in Your Library:  a series of web-based minicourses (webcasts and self-paced) offered by The MARC of Quality (TMQ).
  • Meebo:  an instant messaging (IM) service that supports multiple IM networks including AIM, Yahoo!, Facebook, Windows Live, MySpace, Google Talk, ICQ, and Jabber.
  • Mikogo:  a web conferencing and desktop sharing service.
  • Moodle:  an open source, web-based Course Management System (CMS) utilized to develop online learning sites.
  • Movable Type:  an online social publishing platform for creating websites, blogs, and social networks.
  • Myspace:  a social networking website empowering its community of users to interact around entertainment and pop culture.
  • Ning:  an online platform for communities to create custom-branded social networks.
  • OpenID:  an online service that offers a secure way to sign in to websites using one login and password.
  • OpenOffice.org : an open source office software suite used for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, and databases.
  • Orkut:  Google’s social networking service.
  • PBworks:  a hosted workspace service for creating collaborative wikis.
  • PDF-to-Word:  software for creating editable DOC/RTF files from any PDF document, enabling reuse of original PDF documents in applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, OpenOffice, and WordPerfect.
  • Photobucket:  a service for hosting and sharing photos, videos, and graphics.
  • Picasa:  Google’s photo management and sharing service.
  • Prezi:  a web-based presentation application and storytelling tool where disparate concepts are grouped on a single canvas instead of traditional slides to create presentations for conferences, workshops, and
    collaborative projects.
  • Project Gutenberg: a digital library hosting one of the largest collections of free electronic books on the internet.
  • Qwika: a search engine designed specifically for indexing and searching wikis.
  • Readerjack.com:  an online publishing service and ebook store.
  • Remember the Milk:  an application service for web-based task and time management.
  • Rollyo:  a Yahoo!-powered customizable search engine that can be configured to search only specified websites and blogs.
  • Rondee:  a service that provides free conference calls.
  • Scour:  a metasearch engine combining relevant search results from highly ranked search engines Google, Yahoo!, and Bing, and popular social networks Twitter and Digg.
  • Second Life:  a 3D virtual world developed by Linden Lab, which requires download of a free client program (the Viewer) to enable users to interact with each other through their avatars (digital representations of people).
  • Shelfari:  a social cataloging website for users to build virtual bookshelves and share, rate, review, and discuss titles they own or are currently reading.
  • Skype:  a software application that when downloaded to a computer, allows users to make free video and voice calls, send instant messages, and share files with other Skype users.
  • SlideShare:  an online network for sharing slides and other online presentations.
  • SortFix:  a search engine with an intuitive graphical interface developed to boost users’ search skills.
  • Spybot-Search & Destroy:  a spyware and adware removal program.
  • StatCounter:  an online web analytics service.
  • StumbleUpon:  a social bookmarking tool for discovering new content based on the collective recommendations of a community of users.
  • SurveyMonkey:  a web-based survey application.
  • Technorati:  a blog search engine.
  • TripIt:  an online service for organizing travel plans that includes assistance with flight, hotel, and rental car reservations regardless of the source site used to make the bookings.
  • Twitter:  a free social networking and microblogging service in which posts (tweets) must be 140 characters or less.
  • TypeFaster:  a free online typing tutor program that teaches users how to touch-type on a simulated keyboard.
  • Ustream:  a web-based video broadcasting platform that allows users with cameras, computers, and internet connections to broadcast live video to a global audience.
  • Vimeo:  a video hosting and sharing site.
  • VuFind:  an open source search and discovery portal developed for libraries to provide integrated access to all of a library’s resources (books, journals, audiovisual materials, electronic and digital
    resources), using a single interface.
  • Widgets:  programming code that can be easily dragged onto desktops or embedded into personal webpages or blogs to enhance the web experience; they often take the form of onscreen tools, and can provide updated information on technology trends, breaking news, the stock market, weather reports, and flight arrivals and departures.
  • Wikipedia:  a web-based, collaborative, multilingual encyclopedia supported by user-contributed content.
  • Wikis by Wetpaint:  Wetpaint is a company that provides a broad range of social publishing services including the wiki hosting service Wikis by Wetpaint.
  • Wolfram|Alpha:  a computational knowledge engine; users enter factual questions or calculations, and Wolfram|Alpha uses its built-in algorithms and a growing collection of curated, structured data to compute
    the answer.
  • Wordle:  an online tool for generating word clouds or tags from user-supplied text.
  • WordPress.com:  a web-based blog hosting service.
  • WorldCat.org:  OCLC’s end-user discovery interface that delivers single-search access to the WorldCat union catalog, which contains bibliographic records and holdings contributed by libraries around the world.
  • XING:  a social network for professionals.
  • Yahoo! Answers:  Yahoo!’s online question-and-answer service.
  • YouSendIt:  an online file management and sharing service.
  • YouTube:  Google’s video hosting and sharing online service.
  • Zoho:  a suite of web-based productivity applications.
  • Zoomerang:  a web-based survey application.
  • Zotero: a citation manager developed to help users collect, manage, cite, and share research resources.