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Third party Web 2.0 services: guidelines and risk assessment

A question frequently asked on UKeiG Web 2.0 workshops is “are there any guidelines on acceptable use and best practice for using third party services such as Blogger and PBwiki?” In a recent blog posting, Brian Kelly has listed three documents that look at the issues involved in using externally hosted Web 2.0 services:

Guidelines for Using External Services , University of Edinburgh Information Services
Checklist for assessing third-party IT services, Oxford University Computing Services
Risk Assessment For Use Of Third Party Web 2.0 Services, Brian Kelly, UKOLN

The IBM blogging policy and guidelines, dated 2005 but still relevant, are more concerned with behaviour rather than technology. Most of the document should be common sense but it sometimes seems that people leave their brains behind when they land on a blog or Facebook.

Accessibility of blogs for visually impaired people has already been mentioned in this blog. How to Make Your Blog Accessible to Blind Readers – American Foundation for the Blind is a good starting point.

September 15, 2007 - Posted by | best practice

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