Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Learning about IMARK

This CD on IMARK is well structured with lessons building up knowledge om Web 2.0 tools and applications in a progressive way.

I learnt the following:

Social media connects people geographically and allows access to a massive and international audience.

Social Networking allows individuals of all age groups to connect and communicate around a common interest using online tools and social networking issues, for example using LinkedIn, Facebook, MySpace.

Some potential uses of Social Networking:

  • For people to share photos, videos, and information of interest
  • Helps to raise awareness about a specific issue (e.g raise funds for a social cause)
  • Helps users "do things together" and in a collaborative way (e.g using Groupware tools to write an article; using wikis to work on a common project; using VOIPs to communicate from geographically distant locations)
  • Allows collaborative searching of information using Twitter and Social Bookmarking (e.g. Delicious)

Some constraints of Social Networking:

  • Information overload
  • Internet connection and speed
  • Data privacy and security issues (need to protect data and IPR through tools such as the Creative Commons Licence)

Current issues on Social Media

  • Increasing use of mobile phones to use social networking
  • Use of geotagging to create maps
  • The new era: Web 3.0 with potential web applications not yet technically feasible
I am  more at ease now with Web 2.0 tools and applications and looks forward to implement them by offering my contribution to the development of the agricultural sector in my country.

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Participation in the Web 2.0 Workshop-Mauritius

I am currently participating in the Web 2.0 workshop being held at the University of Mauritius from the 09th to 13 July 2012.

There are a number of participants from a number of institutions/organisations in Mauritius and the learning environment is very friendly.

Here is a picture of all participants and trainers:

We have covered 3 days of training and I feel that I have learnt a lot about using Web 2.0 tools such as using google docs; creating wikis, and creating a blog.. I am very satistied with the training and strongly recommend it to other persons interested in using modern tools for both personal and professional purposes.

What is agribusiness?

In agriculture, agribusiness is a generic term for the various businesses involved in food production, including farming and contract farming, seed supply, agrichemicals, farm machinery, wholesale and distribution, processing, marketing, and retail sales.

Source: Wikipedia

This is nice video about what is an agribusiness.

Source: You Tube