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As you know, SlideShare is one of the best ways for you to get the most out of your presentations. With SlideShare you can make connections, increase the reach of your presentations, view presentations you didn’t have the opportunity to attend, and market your work on the Internet utilizing inventive, interactive solutions.
Discover all the ways in which you can utilize it to market your previous projects, or to promote your current work.
There are a number of ways to use these tools, but there’s no need to reinvent the wheel, learning by trial and error! Here are 10 great ways to make SlideShare work for you.
Start here, and then let your imagination run wild!
1. Get Down and Up Load
SlideShare can be used with a number of different file types. Not only can you upload your PowerPoint presentations to SlideShare, it can also interact with files from OpenOffice, Adobe .pdf files and more!
2. Share and Share Alike
SlideShare will allow you to share your work with millions of clients and colleagues across the Internet. It can also be a powerful, private distribution tool, allowing you to share presentations discreetly on intranets and networks as well as on private sites.
3. All Access Pass
SlideShare makes organizing easy. Use it to download, flag, search and categorize your own work and 1000’s of other online presentations.
By combining SlideShare’s tools with your podcasts you can increase the reach of your audio content and better target your listening audience.
5. Sound Off
Add audio to your slides to create webinars, slide cartoons – even music video style presentations!
6. Meet and Greet
The social applications of SlideShare allow you to make new friends with similar interests as well as new professional contacts.
7. Join the Movement
On SlideShare, you can join groups and establish yourself as an expert in your field, or curate collections of presentations and start a group of your own!
8. Catch Up
In addition to using SlideShare to promote your own work, it can also be a great portal for discovering and viewing countless presentations by some of the best minds in your field.
9. Get Connected
Customize your SlideShare widgets and add them to emails, social sites, and blogs where you can drive traffic to your presentations.
SlideShare allows programmers and developers to customize applications and create presentation mashups!
About the Author: Scott Schwertly is an epic storyteller. Today, he owns and operates Ethos3 Communications, a Nashville, TN-based presentation boutique providing professional presentation design and training for national and international clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies to branded individuals like Guy Kawasaki.
He may live in Nashville, TN with his wife and three dogs, but he calls San Diego home – the place of his beloved San Diego Chargers. Scott has a B.A. and M.B.A. from Harding University.
October 12, 2009
Engaging developers in Open Source projects
The workshop offered several different perspectives on Open Source projects – from an OSS project, from a project consuming libraries and other outputs of OSS projects, and from a developer submitting their first patch. This was a nice mix, and it was good to see the process from different viewpoints.
My presentation was primarily from the OSS project end, and focussed on Wookie:
I think the main thing I was trying to convey is how from a project perspective you’re (usually) keen to get external contributions, no matter how small, and how willing project team members are to help get people involved. My “being nice is a survival strategy in OSS” seemed to go down well as a takeaway message!
Ian Boston was next up and talked about how Sakai works with Open Source projects – I think the point he makes about “good code – bad community vs. bad code – good community” is an excellent one. Perhaps one of the reasons why Moodle is so successful with its community are the wide range of issues that users can readily tackle themselves – whereas something very mature and well designed like Apache Commons makes developers averse to touching anything!
The last talk was by Mark Johnson, and was all about submitting a one-line patch to Moodle. This was a really nice walk-through from identifying a problem, engaging with the community, to getting the fix accepted, and with a clear case as to why the college would want to support this activity.
The discussions around the workshop also threw up some interesting issues. One of the big ones would seem to be that the core processes that developers have to engage in – particularly in Open Source projects, but in commercial development, too – are often also not taught in programming courses, namely source control and issue trackers. This is one of the hurdles for bringing on relatively new developers into a mature project. On the other hand it could be argued that Open Source projects provides a very useful training ground for developing the skills of using these systems, which translates well into other developer roles.
Another issue that comes up a lot is sustainability, especially in relation to funded programmes, I think we’re making a lot of progress on this one, and at least now sustainability is something that projects funded by JISC have to consider. However its still not quite right, and there are probably things we can do to try to keep a good balance of innovation and sustainability where there is central funding for software development.
OSS Watch are a JISC innovation support centre; and they are focussed on Open Source in education. Find out more at http://www.oss-watch.ac.uk/.