Web 2.0 is a category of new Internet tools created around the idea that lay people who use the Internet who do not have formal technical training should be able to actively contribute and customize media and technology on the Internet for their own purposes and those of their communities.
Web 2.0 is not just the latest set of toys for geeks, itís the beginning of a new era in technology, and one that promises to help people and business operate more efficiently.
These new tools include, but are not limited to, blogs, content management systems, wikis, image galleries, RSS, and social networking applications. The Social Law Library can provide web hosting for the following Web 2.0 applications:
WordPress is a free and open source blog publishing application and content management system. Weblog software (also called blog software or blogware) is software designed to simplify the creation and maintenance of weblogs or blogs. As specialized content management systems, blog applications support the authoring, editing, and publishing of blog posts and comments, with special functions for image management, web syndication, and moderation of posts and comments. Blogs can be used to post business and personal information to the Internet.
A content management system (CMS) is a computer application used to manage work flow needed to collaboratively create, edit, review, index, search, publish and archive various kinds of digital media and electronic text.
CMSs are frequently used for storing, controlling, versioning, and publishing industry-specific documentation such as news articles, operators' manuals, technical manuals, sales guides, and marketing brochures. The content managed may also include computer files, image media, audio files, video files, electronic documents, and website content.
Joomla! is a content management system platform for publishing content on the Internet and intranets.
A wiki is a website that uses wiki software, allowing the easy creation and editing of any number of interlinked web pages, using a simplified markup language or a WYSIWYG text editor, within the browser. Wikis are often used to create collaborative websites, to power community websites, and for note taking. The collaborative encyclopedia Wikipedia is one of the best-known wikis. Wikis are used in business to provide intranet and content management systems.
MediaWiki is a web-based wiki software application used by all projects of the Wikimedia Foundation, all wikis hosted by Wikia, and many other wikis. Originally developed to serve the needs of the free content Wikipedia encyclopedia, today it has also been deployed by companies for internal knowledge management, and as a content management system. Notably, Novell uses it to operate several of its high-traffic websites.
Coppermine is a web based photo-gallery application with multimedia capabilities that supports the upload, display, and administration of large numbers of electronic images. Images can be displayed publicly or privately. Permissions based on login can be applied by any number of administrators. Customizable themes and directory structures can be applied to suit your individual needs.