This document is aimed at explaining and exploring some of the uses and implications of open source and Web 2.0 technologies within a youth information and development setting. Canllaw Online's ongoing commitment to developing the digital and media literacy of all young people must encompass and embrace emerging technologies that can allow them to make informed decisions as well as positively contribute to their communities at a local, national and international level. 

The main areas are outlined below and are explored further using the navigation links at the top and bottom of the pages.

 The internet and associated services have vastly altered the way we access information, and this coupled with an ongoing development within the context and application of these technologies provide exciting opportunities for youth work and information provision in the future. 

 Web 2.0 has commonly come to describe interactive online services that allow users to create and share content (including text, photographs, music and other media). These services are often open source applications (the code is available to be manipulated and redistributed by users) that encourage communication and interaction between groups and communities of interest.

As I've been developing this document I've found the range of applications of Web 2.0 tools to be increasing at an exponential rate; as I research more, I get more ideas so I'll add a link page to the blogs etc. I've been subscribing to and launching my research from.

It's very apt, I feel, that my head is spinning with ideas after spending some little time investigating how web 2.0 (and Web 3.0) tools can enhance, complement and enrich youth and community work.

Enjoy this beginning...

 Feel free to contact me with your comments and thoughts.