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Marieke Guy, of UKOLN
Marieke Guy, of UKOLN
Chris Scott of Headscape addresses a capacity audience on Real World Emerging Technologies.
Chris Scott of Headscape addresses a capacity audience on Real World Emerging Technologies.
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Glynis Breakwell, welcoming delegates
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Glynis Breakwell, welcoming delegates
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Internal News - 21 June 2006

Web workshop was "great success" says organisers

Organisers and delegates have called last week’s tenth Institutional Web Management Workshop, held at the University, a ‘great success’.

The Workshop, organised annually by UKOLN, the centre of expertise in digital management, attracted a record 200 delegates from all over the UK.

This event was an opportunity for delegates to hear about case studies, national initiatives and emerging technologies and to take part in a number of sessions on topics of interest to web managers in higher and further education. The theme of the workshop this year was Quality Matters.

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Glynis Breakwell, welcomed delegates to the opening session. She spoke of the recognised importance of the web at the University of Bath and for all higher education institutions. She also acknowledged the great value of the delegates’ work and how the web was dramatically changing the way research was being implemented.

Over the three days of the workshop, delegates had the opportunity to consider a wide variety of issues, including those of quality assurance in web design, getting behind the hype associated with web 2.0, openness in web management and sector statistics.

Discussions were organised on building collaboration and also on content management systems, while individual workshops were given by members of UKOLN, other University departments and speakers from all over the UK.

Topics ranged widely including digital repositories, the access grid, chatbots, podcasting, RSS and using web services, Synchronized Multimedia Integration Language (SMIL), supporting e-learning, sharing team knowledge with wikis, writing for the web, supporting users, institutional intranet management, search technology within the university environment, archiving the web, user testing, the use of microformats and also professional development.

Delegates were also able to network at a barbeque organised on campus and at a reception at the Roman Baths.

Director of UKOLN, Liz Lyon, thanked her all colleagues and in particular Marieke Guy, Natasha Bishop and Brian Kelly for their help in organising the event. She said it had been a great success and that the event had a 'real buzz'.

The next workshop takes place at York in July 2007.

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