Next meeting on Friday 5 August

The next meeting of the Scottish Web Folk will be on Friday 5 August 2011 at University of Strathclyde, Collins Building.

Attendees have confirmed from Strathclyde, QMU, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Glasgow Caledonian, Abertay, SAC as well as a handful of maybes. Plenty of space for more people, so please let Duncan Ireland know if you’re planning on joining us.

Agenda

The draft agenda is:

12:00 Room Available
12:30 Arrive / network
13:00 Welcome / Activity update per institution / Feedback from IWMW2011
13:30 Adaptive web designs / separate small-screen device website (generated by CMS) / style for small-screen devices using CSS
14:00 HTML5 – pros and cons to using
14:30 Coffee / network
15:00 Cookie Legislation discussion / actions
15:30 Course Search tools
16:00 Digital Publication platforms (CEROS, zMags, etc.)
16:30 Close

Additional topic

Digital Asset Management was also suggested as a topic, if we breeze through the others, we may move on to that or if there is a greater interest in this than an existing item, please let Duncan know.

T4

If T4 users would like to attend a session specifically on T4 then please let Duncan know and we can arrange one for earlier in the day around T4 v7 hints, tips and experiences or any current issues which you’d like to discuss.

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New St Andrews Web team blog

University of St Andrews Web team blog

University of St Andrews Web team blog

At the mildly recent IWMW 2010 conference hosted at the University of Sheffield in July UK Web Focus Brian Kelly encouraged all Web teams to blog on a regular basis.

It was a long journey back to Scotland so Team St Andrews planned a revamp of our WordPress blog, decided on categories, a convention about how to use categories and tags, and a basic content strategy.

Can you tell that it was an information architect and a Web editor that was planning this?

When we got back into the office we moved from a self-hosted WordPress installation on the St Andrews domain to a free, hosted account on WordPress.com: stawebteam.wordpress.com.

Why move?

We realised that one of the main reasons that we’d not been using the self-hosted WordPress account was not because of time restrictions (which you might expect would be our number one excuse) but because of the hassle involved in upgrading WordPress each time an update is released.

While WordPress has had automatic upgrading available for a few versions, the server configuration that we have prevents the WordPress scripts from running the upgrade — lack of appropriate permissions, or something.

So we moved to WordPress.com, and in order to keep things consistent we chose the same name as our team Twitter account: @stawebteam. (We’re clever like that.)

What we’ve lost in complete control (the only thing we’re really missing is the plugin that makes code examples look really pretty) we gain in not having to maintain the software.

We can now simply concentrate on writing great content … hang on, isn’t that what we tell our TERMINALFOUR Site Manager users about our enterprise content management system?  So it must be true.

Gareth @ St Andrews

IWMW 2008 streaming video

I meant to post this months ago, but for anyone that wasn’t there — or indeed anyone who was, but chose to sit outside in the sunshine rather than sitting indoors listening to a 45 minutes presentation on institutional repositories (you know who you are!) — the streaming videos are still available to watch on the University of Aberdeen website: www.abdn.ac.uk/web/iwmw/

Enjoy!

Presentation: 3 ways to improve your website

These are my slides from today’s meeting.  I was looking at:

  • Improvement 1 – Adding hCard to Contact Details and hCalendar to Events
  • Improvement 3 – Search Auto-discovery
  • Improvement 6 – Add hint text to search boxes

It’s published under a Creative Commons licence (details on the slideshow) so feel free to use it and adapt it as required.

Cheat sheets

These are a few of the cheat sheets that I use with these technologies:

Microformats

jQuery

OpenSearch

Gareth @ St Andrews

September meeting at University of Glasgow

A bit late (perhaps) to post this (as the meeting is being held tomorrow), but here’s the information about the next meeting of the Scottish Web Folk:

When

Friday 12th September 2008

1030-1200 Parallel sessions on T4 SiteManager and SiteStat

1200-1300 Lunch

1300-1600 Main session

Where

University of Glasgow, No 2 University Gardens

Both the morning and afternoon sessions will be held in rooms in No. 2 University Gardens.

You can also get information about travel arrangements as well as a full campus map at Travel into Glasgow. University Gardens is at D15 on the full map.

T4 parallel session will be held in Room 208, 2 University Gardens
SiteStat parallel session will be held in Room 209, 2 University Gardens

Main afternoon session will be held in Room 208, 2 University Gardens

About

The morning T4 session is going to have a more technical spin, looking at the API, brokers, handlers etc. Colin might want to chip in with what he has planned for the SiteStat folk.

The afternoon session includes a discussion about the ’10 improvements’ presentation that Mike Nolan (from Edge Hill University) presented as a Parallel Session at the IWMW08. You can see the slides from the presentation for more info.

Proposed agenda

1030-1200 Simultaneous T4 / Sitestat Sessions (Similar to the May meeting)

1200-1300 Lunch / Afternoon session arrivals

1300-1310 Welcome
1310-1330 IWMW08 Feedback / Discussion including Brian K’s offer of consultancy
1330-1340 Improvement 1 – Adding hCard to Contact Details
1340-1350 Improvement 2 – Adding hCalendar to Events
1350-1400 Improvement 3 – Feed Auto-discovery
1410-1420 Improvement 4 – Search Auto-discovery
1420-1430 Improvement 5 – Minimise JS/CSS with YUI Compressor

1430-1500 Coffee

1500-1510 Improvement 6 – Enable gzip compression
1510-1520 Improvement 7 – Add hint text to search boxes
1520-1530 Improvement 8 – Optimise page loading
1530-1540 Improvement 9 – Make the most of Google – alerts, Webmaster tools, etc.
1540-1550 Improvement 10 – Custom 404 page
1550-1600 General discussion / Close

Institutional Web Management Workshop 2008 in Aberdeen

UKOLN are pleased to announce that bookings for the Institutional Web Management Workshop 2008 are now open.

This year’s event will be held at the

  • University of Aberdeen
  • Tuesday 22 July – Thursday 24 July 2008

What it is

The IWMW event provides an opportunity for those involved in the provision of institutional Web services to hear about institutional case studies, national initiatives and emerging technologies and to actively participate in a number of parallel sessions.

Parallel sessions

You will be asked to select your parallel workshop sessions so may want to read up on the sessions available in advance: Workshop sessions.

Book now

Costs

Note that the rate for the 3 days is:

  • £370 per person with 2 nights en suite accommodation,
  • £350 per person with 2 nights’ standard accommodation (shared facilities), or
  • £315 per person with no accommodation.

En suite rooms are limited and will be issued on a first come first served basis.

IWMW 2008 in Aberdeen

From an email from Brian Kelly, UKOLN Web Focus:

The annual Institutional Web Management Workshop (IWMW 2008) will take place at the University of Aberdeen on 22-24 July 2008.

Theme

The theme of this year’s event (the 12th in the series) is “The Great Debate”. The event will provide an opportunity for members of the institutional Web management community to engage in discussions regarding the future of institutional Web services, particularly in a Web 2.0 environment.

Can externally hosted services, as some suggest, replace some of the services currently provided in-house or is such out-sourcing dangerous for institutions, placing a reliance on unproven technologies and unsustainable business models?

As well as the lively debates on the role of Web 2.0, the IWMW 2008 event will also provide an opportunity to reflect on the formative years of the institutional Web management community and to discuss how the community sees itself developing during its teenage years.

Call for speakers

The call for speakers and workshop facilitators for IWMW 2008 is now open.

We encourage submissions which will contribute to the debates of the future of our Web services, including plenary talks (perhaps providing institutional case studies which describe changing approaches to the provision of Web services) and workshop sessions which provide an opportunity for more interactive and participative activities. And, as always, we also welcome proposals on other topics which may be of interest to or relevant to members of institutional Web management teams and facilitate sharing of best practices.

The call is available at
http://www.ukoln.ac.uk/web-focus/events/
workshops/webmaster-2008/call/

Deadline for submissions

The deadline for submissions if 29 February – but we would encourage early submissions in order to help us to spot any gaps in the proposals.

If you would like to discuss possible submissions feel free to contact Brian Kelly or Mike McConnell, local organiser.

CSS kilts for IWMW2008

KiltThere was chat at the last Scottish Web Folk meeting about wearing kilts to the next IWMW 2008 meeting in Aberdeen.

I think that’s a great idea.

Someone asked what tartan should be preferred but if you think about it, kilts are a bit like CSS: the underlying structure is the same, they just display differently.

<div id="gareth" class="delegate">
<p>Do you like my kilt?</p>
</div>

<style type="text/css">
#gareth {display: black-douglas;}
</style>

Apologies for the non-standard CSS! 😉

IWMW discussion topics for Abertay meeting

Re discussion topics for Abertay, I spoke to Brian Kelly at some length yesterday, and he would very much like the Scottish Web Folk group to take a leading role in IWMW 2008. Elements he’d like us to lead on include:

  • the social programme
  • topics for discussion groups
  • the innovation competition – remit and rules
  • possible topics and speakers

and he’d also like us to produce a community/collaborative tool for the event from now onwards.

There’s a possibility that Brian may be able to attend the Abertay meeting on the 26th, and we’re hoping to bring along Sarah Price from the Regional Support Centre for Scotland North and East with regard to encouraging FE involvement. We might have to all chip in for Brian’s fare – hope this is OK with you guys.

Mike McConnell

October meeting confirmed

Abertay Library

Meeting date and location

Friday 26 October is the date, and the University of Abertay Dundee library on Bell Street is the venue (see location on Google maps).

Go to the main desk in the library where somebody there will be able to direct you up to level 4 where the meetings will be held. There is also a student centre across from the library where we may be able to track down some drinks. 🙂

Agenda

Morning 10.00-12 noon

Software specific discussion groups.

  • Nedstat Sitestat chaired by David
  • T4 chaired by Duncan

Afternoon 13.00-16.00

Usual Scottish Web Folk meeting

  • Agenda items to expand upon topics brought up at IWMW 2007 in York
  • Application Express (HTMLDB) from Oracle (David from Abertay) demo / chat
  • Any further suggestions? (speak with Duncan Ireland)