If you're looking for a good overview of emerging technology and how they can help your research, visit a new blog called 23thingsforarchivists.wordpress.com.
It has links to 23 “Things” for you to explore, experiment with, and learn about the new and emerging technologies that are changing how information is used and created today. Some of the “Things” might be useful in your research, individually or collaboratively. The blog states:
This is a self-discovery program that allows participants to take control of their own learning. You can work at home or at work, alone or in a group, at your own pace as you have time. You are encouraged to share your discoveries and insights with others through your blog postings.
Give it a try and let me know what you think.