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IWMW: Looking Back and Looking Forward

Posted by Brian Kelly (UK Web Focus) on 8 December 2010

IWMW 2011: University of Reading from 26-27 July

UKOLN’s annual Institutional Web Management Workshop (IWMW 2011) will be held next year at the University of Reading on 26-27th July.  We have decided that the event will run over two rather than three days in order to reduce the cost of the event as we are aware that budgets may be being reduced. However since the event will start at 10 am and close at 4 pm, rather than running from after lunch on day 1 to before lunch on day 3 as we have done in previous years, we hope that there will be only a slight drop in the amount of content provided.

My colleague Marieke Guy, who is the IWMW 2011 chair, recently announced the date of the event. So please keep this date free in your diary if you would like to attend the event next year.  We will also shortly we announcing the theme for next year’s event and inviting submissions for plenary talks and workshop sessions. But prior to this we are providing an opportunity for interested parties to provider suggestions on what they would like to see addressed at the event.

Marieke has announced that we are using Ideascale in order to solicit suggestions for topics which participants would like to see addressed at the event.  Feel free to make your suggestions on the site – and we would like to extend this invitation not only to those who may wish to present at next year’s event (submitting an idea to Ideascale can be a useful way of identifying interest) and to those who have attended previous events and would like to attend next year’s event (the Ideascale service provides an opportunity for you t0 list the topics you would like to see provided at the event) but also to those who may not be planning on attending the event but have an interest, which might include potential remote participants.

The Ideascale service will continue to be open alongside the call for submissions as the service might also provide an opportunity to identify last-minute topics of interest which could be addressed at the event.

Note that the ideas submitted will be used to inform the selection of submissions at the event.  In order to ensure that we provide a balanced range of topics to cover the requirements of the various stakeholders we cannot guarantee that the most popular topics will be addressed at the event.

The Impact and Value of Previous IWMW Events

In addition to planning for next year’s event we are also looking to gather evidence of the value and impact provided by previous 14 IWMW events. We know from analysing the feedback forms since way back in 1997  that participants have consistently found the event useful and informative, as well as providing a valuable opportunity for participants to develop and cultivate their professional network.

However the feedback forms completed at an event will only provide the event organisers with comments on the content and organisation over the three days of the event. But what about the longer term value and impact of the event?  These are the issues we will be looking to understand in an evaluation form which has recently been launched,  If you have attended previous IWMW events, whether as a speaker, facilitator, exhibitor, attendee or remote participant, we would like to hear from you.

We have published on online survey form which is aimed at anyone who may have attended an IWMW event in the past, whether as a delegate, speaker, workshop facilitator, contributor to a barcamp, exhibitor, sponsor or even as a remote participants to the live video stream which we have provided for the past few years.

We are particularly interested in feedback in the following areas:

  • Examples of the impact and value of attendance at IWMW events. This might include introduction of new working practices as a result of attendance at IWMW events; replacement of services or approaches following awareness of alternatives; collaborative work with others based on contacts made at IWMW events; evidence of financial savings; etc.
  • Examples of ways in which IWMW events have helped in hearing about / implementing innovative approaches.
  • Examples of ways in which IWMW events have helped in learning about services and areas of work funded by the JISC (e.g. JISC development programmes; JISC Innovation Support Centres including UKOLN and CETIS and JISC Services)

We hope that the many people who have attended IWMW over they years will spend a little time in reflecting on the benefits which the events have provided and will be able to find about 5 – 10 minutes to complete the form.

Many thanks

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IWMW and Innovation

Posted by Brian Kelly (UK Web Focus) on 28 May 2008

UKOLN is now one of JISC’s Innovations Centres. But how does UKOLN participate in innovation? An approach we have taken during my time at UKOLN has been to make use of our annual Institutional Web Management Workshops (the IWMW series of events which have been running since 1997) to deploy a variety of innovative approaches. Doing this at a popular annual event (which is often fully-subscribed, attracting from 150-200 participants from throughout the HE sector) can help to maximise awareness of and, potentially, the impact of such innovation.

A number of examples of innovations were made available for the IWMW 2005 event, held at the University of Manchester:

The use of RSS for news alerts has become embedded at subsequent IWMW events, as has pro-active use of the venue’s WiFi network. At IWMW 2006 we introduced use of wikis to support note-taking and sharing at the discussion group sessions – again an approach which has become standard at IWMW events. IWMW 2006 was also the year in which tagging (using the IWMW2006) tag became popular, allowing bookmarks and photographs to be easily pulled together. And our initial experiments with the use of social networking services to support an event began that year, with the establishment of a Frappr community.

As might be expected innovation does not always necessarily lead to the deployment of a sustainable service. At IWMW 2006 we also tested use of a chatbot and provided access to a remote audience for a number of the plenary talks using the Access Grid. And as well as the ACcess Grid we also had a live Web stream of the plenary talks, with Michael Webb’s talk on Developing a Web 2.0 Strategy subsequently being made available on Google Video. We also experimented with another approach to use of a chat facility at the event – this year using the Gabbly service, instead of an IRC service we had used at IWMW 2005.

At last year’s event, IWMW 2007, we continued to provide an RSS feed (not only of news, but also syndication of the key content areas of the Web site – details of the sessions and the speakers) and a wiki service. And in addition we launched IWMW’s first innovation competition- which provided the participants with an opportunity to demonstrate to their peers examples of their approaches to innovation. Again the plenary talks were streamed on the Web and this time all of the talks were subsequently made available on Google Video.

We have evaluated the innovations – and we’re pleased to see that other services, such as JISC with its use of Crowdvine at this year’s JISC 2008 conference on Enabling Innovation, are now beginning to implement similar ideas.

But what do you feel we should do next? Should we seek to consolidate on these experiments? Or, alternatively, are there other areas in which the community would encourage UKOLN to continue innovation – so that if we encounter problems, institutions will benefit from knowing what not to do :-)

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