Discussion Group 3: Web Tools

David Lomas facilitated a discussion group on “Web Tools” at the IWMW 1997 event.

This discussion group was chaired by David Lomas. David also gave the report. Twelve participants attended this discussion group.

The group revisited the six areas of web tools.

The need for immediate solutions was raised – “we can’t wait for the evaluation, CHEST deals, etc.”

What do we need:

  • User-oriented evaluations
  • Evaluation criteria
  • Timeliness
  • To be pro-active
  • Awareness and advice
  • Ongoing work
  • Knowledge of different institutional models (resourcing, etc.)
  • Funding to carry this out
  • Need a group like AGOCG to initiate (funded) activities


  • Set up a group called <WEBTAG> (Web Tools Advisory Group) to coordinate this work.
  • There was a questions as to whether UK Web Focus could carry out the work of WEBTAG i.e. Should UK Web Focus get JISC money for WEBTAG.