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.
A number of guest posts are being published on the IWMW blog from those involved with the IWMW 2017 event. Today’s post is by Alberto Guglielmi of the University of Birmingham. Alberto is facilitating a workshop session on “User Testing – A Toolkit” at IWMW 2017. In this post Alberto describes how he came to submit a proposal to the event.read more
Andrew Millar, Head of Web Services at the University of Dundee, will give a plenary talk at the IWMW 2017 event in the opening session which has the theme “The End Of The World?”. The title of Andrew’s talk is “Having a Good Crisis…and Not Wasting It” and in this guest post he gives the background to the talk.read more
Since the IWMW event was launched in 1997 support for the growth of the web management community has been ranked as important as the content shared in plenary talks and workshop sessions. For many years the conference dinner on the opening night provided opportunities...read more
Attracting Speakers from the Community What's a good way of sharing experiences and learning from others? An approach taken at IWMW events has been to encourage members of the web management community to share their experiences with others who have responsibilities...read more
Parallel sessions at the IWMW 2017 event will go beyond those on best practices for providing mainstream institutional web sites. Other sessions provide opportunities for participants to learn new skills (e.g. on data and virtual tours); one use of social web services and on developing one’s general work skills. And if you’re confused by language used by techies, the Web 101 session might appeal!read more
This blog post introduces a survey which aims to address those who do not attend IWMW events in order to discover the reasons for this. Surveying non-attendees at an event is clearly not easy – how do we find these people? We hope that IWMW attendees will be willing to share information about the survey – and to incentivise completion of the survey those who complete the form will be entered into a draw for a small gift.read more
There are over 40 speakers and workshop facilitators at the forthcoming IWMW 2017 event. But what are the characteristics of the people willing to stand up in public and share their thoughts on best practices for providing institutional web services?read more
IWMW 2017 will be held at the University of Kent on 11-13 July. This post provides details of the plenary sessions, workshops and master class sessions.read more
About IWMW 2017 The annual Institutional Web Management Worksop, IWMW 2017, will take place at the University of Kent on 11-13 July 2017. The programme for the event is available. This post, which is a slightly modified version of a post initially published on the UK...read more
Today’s ‘interesting times’ means that, for researchers, the researcher and the their research outputs are ‘the product’ suggests Nick Shappard in today’s guest post.read more
About This Guest Post In today’s guest post Tom Wright, Director of Digital Student Life at the University of Lincoln, summarises the challenges of institutional use of student-created content – a topic Tom will be revisiting in a workshop session at the IWMW 2017...read more
Today’s guest post features another contribution from a member of the IWMW 2017 advisory group. In this post Kevin Mears looks for answers to the question “What Do We Talk About When We Talk About Websites?”.read more
About this Guest post In the second guest post following the re-launch of the IWMW blog Chris Gutteridge describes how he learned to stop worrying and love the academy! Dr Strangepriorities or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love The Academy As a member of the...read more
The re-launch of the IWMW blog begins with a guest post by Claire Gibbons. Claire is co-chair of the IWMW 2017 event and, as she describes in this post, is now a self-employed consultant after working for many years at the University of Bradford. It is particularly timely to publish this post today, on International Women’s Day.read more
On 14 March 2016 the launch of IWMW blog was announced. A total of 50 posts have been published including 32 guest posts written by members of the UK's web management community. Last year the 20th anniversary of the IWMW event provided an opportunity for members of...read more
I am pleased to announce that the call for submissions for the IWMW 2017 event is now open. The IWMW 2017 event will be held at the University of Kent on 11-13 July 2017. This year's event is the 21st in the series, which was founded in 1997. This event is the...read more
The IWMW 2016 event is now over. From the comments I've received so far the event was a great success, attracting 139 delegates from across the UK's higher education community, related HE agencies and other public sector bodies, from commercial companies which work...read more
In the second plenary presentation at IWMW16, Gareth Edwards from the University of Greenwich provided a case study of a three month site re-skin project carried out at the University of Greenwich.read more
In the opening plenary of IWMW 2016, Neil Allison from University of Edinburgh introduced the key concepts of Lean UX, how it can help you better meet business and user needs, and how it can nudge your colleagues to think about their requirements differently.read more
Twenty years ago Helen Sargan attended her first IWMW event. In this guest post Helen, a regular participant at IWMW events, looks back over the past twenty years of the event.read more