The IWMW Blog
The IWMW blog has been set up to support providers of institutional web and other digital services across the UK’s higher and further education sectors. The initial focus of the blog is the history of the IWMW event.
Contributions to the blog are invited from all members of the institutional web management community – please read the guidelines if interested, which also has a list of recent guest posts.
IWMW 2017, the 21st annual Institutional Web Management Workshop, will take place at the University of Kent on 11-13th July 2017. The IWMW blog was established for the 20th anniversary event to provide a record of memories of the event and the development and growth of the UK Web management / digital community. The blog will continue to be published.
In 2003 Professor Mark Stiles gave a talk on “Beyond Your VLE: Strategic Challenges”. In this post he looks back at the talk and concludes that, 13 years after delivering the talk, interoperability is still a major issue in technology-enhance learning.read more
In 2006 Ian St John had no idea what the ‘IWMW’ was. Ten years later Ian feels that “IWMW is about the people you meet and network with on the social nights and who you become friends with” – friends who, in Ian’s case, helped him through a personal tragedy.read more
Lorcan Dempsey was appointed Director of UKOLN in 1994. Two years later Brian Kelly started work at UKOLN. One of Lorcan’s initial suggestions was that Brian should organise an event for university web managers. In this post Lorcan describes how the event was instrumental in “successfully building a community around shared questions and directions”.read more
This post provides updates on plans for the IWMW 2016 event which will be held at Liverpool John Moores University on 21-23 June 2016. In brief a number of additional parallel sessions are available – and the event dinner will be held at the Merseyside Maritime Museum. As can be seen this is an amazing location!read more
David Harrison revisits his talk at IWMW 2009 on “Servicing ‘Core’ and ‘Chore'” which explored challenges institutions were beginning to face in making use of new ‘Cloud’ services. David concludes with a plea for institutional web managers: remember the individual in your service offering!read more
In 1999 Rob Bristow attended his first of 6 IWMW events. When he was unable to attend some subsequent events he “felt the loss of that stimulus and refreshment of my knowledge and interest” and explained “I felt like I missed the start of the whole Web 2.0 thing as a result”.read more
Paul Anderson facilitated a workshop session on “Online Research and Technology Transfer Expertise Systems” at the IWMW 2003 event. In this post he looks back at the session and the event held at the University of Kent.read more
In this guest post Stephen Ashurst describes how he came up with the idea of a logo for the IWMW 2016 event.read more
Neil Allison is a plenary speaker and facilitator at a master class at the forthcoming IWMW 2016 event. Neil is also a great supporter of IWMW events, for the reasons he describes below.read more
Bookings for the IWMW 2016 event are now open. This year’s event, the 20th in the series, will be held at Liverpool John Moores University on 21-23 June. Read on for further details …read more
Stephen Duncan feels that “We have an incredible community. It still amazes me that as a sector we can be so open with each other about our challenges, and so willing to freely share our knowledge”.read more
Steve Boneham, local organiser for IWMW 2014, reflects on the event and describes how these days “digital is more than just the Web”.read more
Derek Law spoke at IWMW 2009 but felt that in the talk he “underestimated the importance of preservation and curation”. In this guest post he provides examples of the loss of digital information and services.read more
In today’s guest post Lynn Boyle, an academic from Dundee University, describes her encounters with the IWMW event as being a bit like Glastonbury: You had to be there!read more
In this guest post Duncan Ireland, Web manager at the University of the Highlands and Islands, describes the life and times of the Scottish Web Folk Regional Group and encourages other regions to start their own regional group.read more
In her guest post Sharon Steeples feels that over the past twenty years we have “fostered a community of like-minded folks, faced the same issues, the same changing tech, the same battles and the same ever-changing Internet landscape”.read more
At the IWMW 1998 and 1999 events Andrew Cormack (then Cardiff University’s webmaster) gave talks on Web Security. Today Andrew (now Chief Regulatory Adviser, Jisc Technologies) believes that “Web security today may be no easier than in the 1990s, but it’s a lot more important.”read more
The IWMW blog has been set up to provide a channel for documenting such memories, before they fade. A dozen guest posts have been published so far. The invitation to contribute is being extended to everyone who has attended an IWMW event or may have been influenced by the event.read more
Although focussed primarily on needs of web managers in the UK IWMW events have attracted participants from beyond the UK. In the first guest post from a speaker from overseas Mike Richwalsky provides reflections on IWMW 2009.read more
Debbie Brooke attended her first IWMW event in 2002 and attended every event until IWMW 2011. Over the ten events Debbie had a lot of fun and developed strong connections across the UK’s web management community.read more