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 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.
28th–30th July 2009