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.
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
A recent post summarised the total number of speakers at IWMW events. This post looks into the data more deeply in order to answer the question “How many individuals have spoken at IWMW events?”read more
In the first of a number of posts which look into the 20 year history of IWMW events Brian Kelly answers the question “How many speakers have there been at IWMW events?”read more
Iain Middleton attended IWMW events when he worked at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen – and his career path was influenced when he attended a Netskills workshop in 1996, as Iain describes …read more
Kriss Fearon has attended 14 IWMW events. Looking back she feels that two things remain with her: “The first is the friendships that came out of IWMW … And secondly, I feel even more strongly about the importance of web accessibility: it has grown, rather than diminished”.read more
In this guest post Gareth Saunders reflects on the 10 IWMW events he attended since starting work at the University of St Andrews.read more
Kirsty Pitkin, official event amplifier at several IWMW events, describes the approaches taken to event amplification taken at recent IWMW events.read more
IWMW events have always aimed to provide opportunities for active participation. As Martin Hawksey described in this guest post discussions about event amplification at IWMW events led to ‘inspiring’ development work based on capturing, visualising and reusing event tweets.read more
The IWMW event is 20 years old this year. But – clearly – the event for university web managers was reliant on the existence of the web! In this guest blog post George Munroe revisits the early days of the web and concludes by reminding us of the value of the ‘webmaster’: the need for “web managers to think things through properly” and “the risk they must face is not embracing change but ignoring or missing it!”read more
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