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The Mobile Web: keep up if you can!

"Demand for the mobile web exists not because it complements existing means of access, but rather because it replaces them." [Opera's chief executive Jon S. von Tetzchner, Oct 2008]. "Mobile phone users struggle mightily to use websites, even on high-end devices. To solve the problems, websites should provide special mobile versions." [Jakob Nielsen, Feb 2009] In 2008, many countries experienced triple-digit or ...more »

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The Semantic Web is here, it's called Linked Data!

Web 2.0, Social networking and mobile web were all the buzz topics amongst developers five and even ten years ago. Only now are we beginning to see the fruits of those developer labours. So what are developers working on now that will be the next big thing? - It's called "Linked Data" and it is has just begun to take shape, as identified by TBL in his latest presentation at TED: http://www.w3.org/2009/Talks/0204-ted-tbl/#(14) ...more »

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Web Managers and Institutional Repositories

How is your institutional repository looking? Are you proud that it is part of your institutional Web site? As the local Web manager/Web expert, are you involved in setting it up, advising on Web issues such as usability, XHTML conformance, search engine optimisation and accessibility? If not, why not? Do you think that institutional Web managers should be involved with institutional repositories and the way they ...more »

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On Air

Adobe AIR offers cross-platform, AJAXy desktop web apps sans browser (all you Tweetdeckers): what does this mean for web and information management in education? Can this make online information systems more or less secure, usable, accessible.....?

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The Revolution Will Not Be Twittered

Some believe a photograph takes away a part of your soul. Oh my, what have we done? What are we but a tenuous and fragile amalgam of our memories, dreams and reflections? And yet we give our souls away willingly, blindly, naively, freely and non-exclusively to the faceless financial military conspiracy. And for what? The bleeding edge of beta 2.0 cool and our favourite username. Will it be your "Le Baiser de l’Hotel ...more »

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The Fickle Web

Are we being led by applications? Are some of the newer Web 2.0/social networking tools just fads? Can they really enhance learning and teaching and institutional Web services?

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Get off of my cloud

Is the cloud really here? Is it safe? Have we got one? Can we get one? How will all this affect institutional web services and should we be worried about outsourcing?

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IWMW Pub Quiz

Instead of the usual books, films, politics etc, it'd be on stuff do with iwmw, web management etc. Don't want to give too many question ideas away but something like: 1. A round with screenshots of institution home pages throughout the years (with relevant info blocked out). Contestants have to name the institution. 2. A 'Brian's Brain' round where we have to name say the year, or perhaps what issue some (possibly ...more »

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Using Scrum: Sprints not Marathons

Agile development has seen success in the commercial world with startups like 37 Signals (Basecamp). Large companies are also taking notice and its importance is growing in the current economic crisis, allowing them to deliver a return on investment quickly. What is Agile development, Scrum and Extreme programming? How can the HE web community use these techniques to deliver value to our organisations. What questions ...more »

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The Anti-Portal: mashup and forget it

Java-based Portal technologies were flavour of the times 5 - 10 years ago but seem to have faded. It's unlikely that the requirement has gone away so are there better ways of providing this functionality using modern toolsets and services? What are institutions doing now to integrate the presentation layers to multiple applications?

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Embedding structured data in web pages

The BBC recently withdrew their use of microformats because of concerns about accessibility. In October 2008 W3C released a specification for RDFa - using which embeds RDF in attributes in XHTML. In the library world there has been some use of COiNS which embeds structured data in the form of an OpenURL in a span in (X)HTML. What are the pros and cons of the different approaches? What are the overall benefits of embedding ...more »

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Site search engines

At BarCamp Liverpool I did a session titled "Create a better seach engine than Google" about website search engines covering how search is presented on HE websites and some ways to improve results and user experience.

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And when did you last see your privacy policy?

Institutions maintain student services provision to protect and assist student interests and rights throughout their studies. Should not University websites and applications do the same?

Should the choice of proprietary site search, mapping tools, analytics and other services be informed as much by the protection afforded to student users as they are by features, popularity or cost?

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exposition, cliffhanger, resolution

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 toTerminalFour...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 ...more »

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How we run Southampton ECS webservers without going insane.

Our very small web team keeps on top of 300 websites, using various tools and techniques that we've evolved. These include handy things like warning us when the owner of a website leaves the university. I can share how we do things, and would love to hear some new ideas for ways we can make the computers, not the people, do the dull work of running webservers.

- Christopher Gutteridge

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The Invisible Repository

Is the end-user interface for searching and accessing the institutional repository a red herring? Should we be looking at making the IR vanish as far as the end user is concerned? Google is increasingly the tool of choice for discovering content, and many repository folk are putting a lot of effort into making the IR search-engine friendly. Should we be running with this and building repositories that push content through ...more »

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Benchmarking the effectiveness of higher education online marketing

I have a perception that we are punching above our weight in terms of the success we deliver through the limited resources we dedicate to online marketing here - but I do not know for sure. Surely there is a way we can submit our data and anonymise it so we can establish a UK wide benchmark? - and for hyper-meaningful criteria too: our conversion rates - our success at moving poeople further along the conversion path ...more »

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Rate my website

I recently came across EDU Checkup (http://educheckup.com/) where Nick DeNardis' screencast critiques HigherEd websites. Maybe we could find someone willing to cast the first stone and do short, 5 minute reviews of websites live. Possibly should be someone from outside the community so they're not shunned for life :)

Maybe Nick would be prepared to get up at Early O'clock and do some live remotely from the US?!

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