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by Derek Law
Derek will review the recent history of libraries and the challenges now facing them. He will discuss changes in the external environment, in user behaviour and requirements and explores whether libraries will continue to be needed and the knock-on effect this will have for institutional Web sites. He will also consider whether libraries still have - or can find - a unique selling point which adds value to the academic process and gives a personal view of what that might be.
by Claire Gibbons and Russell Allen
The final (?) chapter in the adventure that is 'The University of Bradford CMS project'. After last year's Aberdeen Adventure which left our plucky band of projecteers hovering with ink-laden quill over a contract to TerminalFour...what happened next? How have we gone about implementation? How have we changed as we move from implementation to adoption? Where does a 'green-field' Web team start? Is change management still important? And most importantly, have we learnt anything that can be usefully shared with a wider audience? Claire and Russell hope to enliven the narrative for possibly the final time and reveal whether the heroes are rewarded, the baddies punished and seek to discover whether we can all live happily ever after...
by Brian Kelly
The are well-documented techniques, known as Search Engine Optimisation (SEO), which can be used in order to ensure that Web resources can be easily found in search engines such as Google. But how can the Social Web be used in order to help users to find your services or resources?
This session will explore a number of ways in which Social Web can be used by organisations seeking to maximise access to their services. The session will discuss the potential of various technologies such as blogs, micro-blogs (such as Twitter) and wikis, as well as popular social sharing services (e.g. YouTube, Slideshare and Flickr) and social networking services such as Facebook.
The session will describe a number of ways in which the effectiveness of such services can be monitored. The ethical aspects of use of social services to support organisational aims will also be explored.
Blogging is everywhere. Over the last decade the Weblog or online journal has become arguably the single most powerful paradigm of web communication - from Barack Obama's blog to Stephen Fry's tweets. In academic institutions, we may find blogs serving up the musings of academics and support staff, information feeds for departments and courses, gobbetts of student life for prospective students. Whether you just consider it a useful way to communicate, or an essential tool of connectivist and constructivist education, blogging (and the social networking that generally goes with it) is part of the fabric of 21st Century university life.
So, does this stuff have any lasting value? Should we be doing anything to ensure that these streams of information, creativity and interaction survive the next CMS upgrade, annual student account purge, server crash or Credit Crunch?
If so, what? Even within an institute, or at a personal level, preserving blogs can seem an incredibly difficult and complex task if you think about it long enough ( see, for example, the recent briefing paper by Digital Preservation Europe); and while you are thinking about it, valuable information may be being lost.
In this workshop I'll discuss some of the issues around blog preservation, many identified during the course of the JISC-PoWR project, and others which I hope you will bring to the table. We will compare and evaluate currently available solutions (e.g. the Internet Archive, BlogBackupOnline) and consider what actions, if any, you can take yourselves to protect and preserve valuable institutional or personal information held in blogs (and maybe even tweets) and give it the best chance of being accessible to future generations.
by Dan Jackson
We are all striving to enhance and enrich the user experience and interfaces of our websites and applications, whether it be by using AJAX to enhance responsiveness, pulling in content from third-party services or feeds, or developing custom widgets.
WAI-ARIA, a new standard from W3C's Web Accessibility Initiative, addresses these challenges by defining "a way to make Web content and Web applications more accessible to people with disabilities".
This workshop will embrace a problem based learning approach to enable the attendees to discuss if they think QR (Quick Response) Codes are a fad, and if they decide they are not, what they add value to the mobile user? It is assumed a number of people in the workshop will have access to the internet. Therefore, by the end of the workshop we will have collectively authored a Google document which addresses the title of the workshop. By the end of the session we may not have reached the definitive answer, however, we will have made significant steps in our own understanding.
A QR (Quick Response) Code is a two dimensional barcode. Which when scanned using a mobile phone enables you to complete a task. The most common tasks include accessing a web resource, sending a pre-written SMS or accessing more text information. The unique selling point is they enable the mobile learner to effectively and efficiently connect to a electronic resource or activity from a physical object.
This workshop is divided into the following parts.
Firstly agreeing on the questions we need to answer to feed into our understanding and enable us to answer the overarching question set by the workshop. For instance we'll need to know:
The second part will be in small groups developing answers to the questions raised. The methodology will be Web research, and idea sharing. The facilitator will assist by drawing on his knowledge and experience to ensure answers can be readily sourced.
The third part is feedback and discussion within the wider group. After which the smaller groups will enter their thoughts into the Google document.
At the end of the workshop the Google document will be exported and disseminated through the University of Bath's QR Code Project Blog for the wider community to access.
Over and over people hope to find the holy grail of a CMS that does just what they want and solves all their problems. If only life was that straightforward... Taking a step back, reducing this length of the requirements list and accepting that life is full of compromises - all of these are a good start, but in the end and CMS will bring about difficult changes and a host of their own problems.
Hopefully thought about this will result in some kind of 10-step self-help plan for damage limitation and identifying what really ought to matter for you.
by Pete Walker
The University of Bristol has a CMS, a Staff/Student Portal, VLEs and other corporate systems. It can be expected these meet at least 80% of University needs. However, this still allows plenty of scope for 'wheel reinvention', 'off-piste' web site development, content development being undertaken inefficiently, confusion over what help and services are available and who delivers them, and frustration at how to get local departmental initiatives advanced within a set timescale.
In the first third of this workshop session Pete will outline the systems and structures in place at Bristol, the challenges and issues being faced and plans to address these. The remainder of the session will call on attendees to outline the experiences and lessons from their institutions. The workshop aim is to share common practices and ideas and look for solutions that can be shared. It is possible that attendees may wish to establish some form of working group that can commit to continue working jointly after IWMW 2009 and report back at IWMW 2010.
In this potentially rather dangerous workshop, we'll show you some of the tricks and tools that your users - and the geek public at large - can use to scrape content and data from your websites and make use of it as they will. The moral? Make it easy for them... then at least they take away valid information and give you a chance to track where it's being used.
Demos will include - RSS 101, Yahoo Pipes 101, Screenscraping 101
During the last few years, UKOLN has been involved in a fair few metadata developments, most recently the SWAP (Scholarly Works Application Profile). Via recent work on the IEMSR (Information Environment Metadata Schema Registry) we have also found ourselves peripherally involved in external metadata engineering and development work. As a result, we came to the conclusion that communication between end-users, application developers and metadata development agencies - often committees - is sadly limited.
We looked around for various ways to resolve this problem, and found - and developed - a number of methods and applications for hands-on exploration of metadata structures. Some require only a piece of paper. Some make use of software interfaces for fast prototyping of novel metadata structures.
This workshop will offer a whirlwind tour of several of these methods and the applications that exist to support this activity.
Participants are encouraged to contribute their own examples of resources to catalogue - practical examples taken from the needs of academic users are fine, but equally, those who are inclined to use the session to develop a means of describing their lolcat collection are encouraged to do so!
28th–30th July 2009