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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 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!

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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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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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Using Scrum: Sprints not Marathons

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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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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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