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With the launch of the Scottish Digital Participation Group open data development has fresh motivation in Scotland. A number of Scottish Councils are working with open data already, and the current NESTA Make It Local Scotland project initiative is a lead innovator in supporting groweth. The City of Edinburgh Council is working closely with a number of partners to develop its approach, with a key aim to deliver real value. The talk will include:
In 2011 it was estimated that 1.8 zettabytes of data was created, enough to
fill 57 billion 32Gig iPads, and estimates that data production would double every
two years (see the Digital Universe study at http://www.emc.com/digital_universe). The availability of data opens new opportunities to provide information, intelligence and insight into every aspect of institutional life.
In this talk Tony Hirst and Martin Hawksey will a taster of some of the tools
and techniques used to explore and communicate some of this data. The talk will
also touch upon the ethics and benefits when using these techniques.
The Key Information Set (KIS) is a mandatory UK-wide collection of data that will assist potential students in their decision-making when applying for an undergraduate course. In this talk, Andrew will outline what information is covered, where it comes from, how it gets updated, how it will be integrated into institutions' websites, how potential students will access the information and how the complete set of data will be available to the general public under an open licence.
by EA Draffan
The University of Southampton embarked on an ambitious plan to investigate
the accessibility of not only their websites but also their in-house behind
the scenes intranets and other web based products. The Web4All project
aimed to encourage web site teams, developers, designers, content managers,
academics, and all those in communications, to work with available
accessibility and usability standards and guidelines such as W3C WCAG 2.0
and BS 8878. However it was found that just attempting to follow check
lists and procedures did not necessarily guarantee the main aim of making
web products "accessible, consistent, efficient and enjoyable to use."
Evaluations showed that recommendations contained 'within' the guidelines
and standards had to be better understood with the provision of initial
training, iterative web product testing, user participation and amendments
to both content and templates provided for the web products.
This talk will discuss the progress of the Web4All project, issues that
have arisen and some of the solutions developed over the past 2 years.
Much of the innovation in ICT over recent decades has come out of universities. However, while universities understand the technology, and are leaders in knowledge development, they often seem to be curiously bad at using technology for education or even for PR. Why is this so, and what can be done about it?
by Rob Borley
2011 saw the 15 billionth download from the apple app store and there are now over 500,000 different apps available to consumers. Apple's assertion that "There is an app for that" does indeed appear to be correct.
2012 has been labeled the year of the app but as you consider your mobile strategy it is legitimate to ask: "Do I need an app for that?". This talk will explore the context in which an app is the right solution and also highlight the situations in which other mobile web solutions are the right approach for your organisation and your users.
by John Kelly and Claire Gibbons
This interactive workshop session will explore the background to the legislation and the guidance issued in December 2011 by the Information Commissioner's Office.
The session will address some of the key points from the guidance document, including the need for auditing cookie usage and ensuring users are informed in a clear and understandable fashion of why cookies are being used.
This session will provide an opportunity for participants to describe approaches being taken locally and explore best practices which may be used within the sector.
Online conferencing tools are starting to see widespread adoption in higher education as institutions respond to pressures to broaden the green agenda and enhance the quality of distance education courses. Of the myriad solutions on offer which do we chose and why?
This session will report on the current pilot of web conferencing tools at the University of Bath and will explore some of the usage scenarios, obstacles and enablers for successful adoption. Much of the session will involve a collaborative evaluation of some of the tools available and sharing of good practice around the embedding of web conferencing within institutions.
Note: We will shortly provide information on apps which are available on iPhone and Android mobile phones / tablets and laptops which can be used at the session (although you do not need to bring a mobile device if you wish to attend this workshop).
WordPress is a powerful open source (FOSS) web publishing system that is increasingly being deployed in higher education for its ease of use, flexibility and extensible architecture.
The growing use of mobile devices for access to institutional systems makes consideration of the mobile experience of such systems for publishers and users increasingly important. While WordPress natively supports mobile, some simple steps can offer users a better mobile experience.
This session will consider how to optimise WordPress for mobile. It will showcase examples of how WordPress can be effectively mobilised and provide an overview of trends and techniques in using mobile themes and frameworks, plugins and responsive web design.
Fix broken content in your organisation. Learn how to develop your very own content strategy and to put your plan to into action.
by Alex Bilbie
This workshop session will provide an introduction to the JISC-funded Linking You toolkit. The session will provdie an opportunity for discussion around the draft data model and possible ways forward for implementation.
At the end of this session partipants should understand the outcomes of the JISC-funded Linking You project and have had the opportunity to respond to the proposed data model.
by david sloan
This session discusses how British Standard 8878 can be used to manage the process of commissioning, producing and maintaining an optimally accessible institutional Web presence. Attendees will have the opportunity to examine the standard and consider how it could be used to support institutional Web strategy - from marketing to prospective students, collaborators and funders, to e-learning resources to institutional repositories.
In this workshop session Tony Hirst and Martin Hawksey will go beyond the ideas they presented in their plenary talk by working through some recipes for extracting and processing data using tools and resources foraged from the web. The session will include a live analysis and visualisation of data produced during the IWMW 2012 event.
Reception at Our Dynamic Earth
18th–20th June 2012