Now that the study is completed and the reports published, this blog is closing down.
Time for reflection. We made seven posts (this one is number eight) making various announcements about the progress of the study. We created 47 Pages in all, 16 of which were used to collect evidence based on specific work tasks; these attracted 186 comments from a wide range of respondents. We also used a Page to record the findings of our literature survey and share it with viewers, and used Pages for the 22 Case Studies we published.
With a short timescale for this study, we felt it was not practicable to create and send out a traditional questionnaire, either in print format or email, because of both time contraints and not having an identifiable contact base to mail out to. Simply putting up an online survey ran the risk of not attracting sufficient responses. Using a blog enabled us to email specific email lists and contacts who were known to use Web 2.0 tools – they were our target respondents. The blog enabled us to be more flexible in collecting the evidence – comments allowed respondents to give rich information. It also enabled us to share our findings as we went along, rather than simply putting a digest in the report. And in itself, being blog owners gave Rosemary and myself a new insight into the potential uses of blogs.
The blog will remain visible for the next three years (a condition of the JISC funding) but will be frozen in terms of adding new content and viewers will not be able to add any further comments.
Thank you all for your help and best wishes for all your endeavours in the Web 2.0 world.
Ann Chapman and Rosemary Russell