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/
The annual Institutional Web Management Workshop (IWMW 2008) will take place at the University of Aberdeen on 22-24 July 2008.
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.
It looks like we’re going to try using Facebook to manage the organization of IWMW2008. So in honour of it, here’s the Facebook song by Rhett and Link. (You can download a better quality version from the Rhett and Link website.)
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.