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February 22, 2008

Is Southampton Setting A New Standard For Institutional Web Sites?

February 22, 2008

Is the University of Southampton setting a new challenge for other institutions with their new iSoton service, I wonder? Or is this merely an attempt to be stylish by bolting on a variety of Web 2.0 features? What will the users make of it, I wonder?  And what about accessibility, interoperability, compliance with standards and the other issues which ...

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February 21, 2008

GCSEs Revisited

February 21, 2008

It always pleasing when a blog post achieves its aim, and even more so when this happens so quickly. So it was good to read AJ Cann’s post in which he describes how he spent 3 minutes using the Google Custom Search Engine (GCSE) to provide an alternative to his institutional search engine. As he titled hois post ”It was ...

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February 20, 2008

IT Services - Set Your Documentation Free!

February 20, 2008

Back in 2005 I presented a paper entitled “Let’s Free IT Support Materials!” at the EUNIS 2005 conference, an annual conference aimed at IT support departments throughout Europe. In the paper I argued that IT Service departments should be making their documentation and other support materials available under a Creative Commons licence for reuse by the ...

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February 19, 2008

Distributed Discussions On Repositories

February 19, 2008

The Repositories Debate Andy Powell recently wrote a post on the eFoundations blog about his opening plenary talk at the VALA 2008 conference. His post generated interesting discussions and debate amongst those involved in repository activities in the UK and the wider community. Paul Miller was in agreement with Andy’s comments in his post on the Panlibus ...

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February 18, 2008

TwitPic, Twitterwhere, Twitterfoo

February 18, 2008

On Sunday 10th February 2008 infobunny twittered “TwitPic: TwitPic lets you easily add photos to your Tweets. Upload to TwitPic, add you.. Twitpic was new to me so I Googled it and discovered that the killerstartups blog gave a somewhat politically incorrect description of how a photographic microblogging extension to Twitter might be used: Yes, Twitter ...

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February 15, 2008

Losing My Religion

February 15, 2008

I discovered the Web in December 1992 and, after Christmas, helped to set up the institutional Web site at the University of Leeds. Later that month I met Robert Cailliau, a colleague of Sir Tim Berners-Lee, when Robert was in Leeds visit relatives. Robert gave me the background to the developments of the Web and ...

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February 13, 2008

The Oxford vs Cambridge Race

February 13, 2008

No, not the boat race - which has the most popular Web site, Oxford or Cambridge University? We don’t know, has been the traditional view. The data is only available on the institution’s Web server and there’s no point in making such data publicly available. But this isn’t quite true. If you go to the Alexa traffic ...

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February 11, 2008

Boycott of the Premier League

February 11, 2008

“Supporters threaten boycott of Permier League spnsors over foreign fixture plans” read a headline on the front page of the Guardian’s Sport section on Monday 11th Febuary 2008. I can sympathise with those views, but if I wanted to support such a boycott where would I go?  Well a search for “boycott premier league” in Facebook found ...

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February 10, 2008

IT Service Blogs

February 10, 2008

In a post last month entitled UCISA Award for UK Web Focus Blog I mentioned that I’ll be giving a talk on blogging at a UCISA workshop an Innovation and Communication which will take place on Thursday 14th February 2008. I’m currently ‘ finalising my slides - which, incidentally, are available on the event’s Wetpaint wiki. ...

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February 08, 2008

Baggy Trousers

February 08, 2008

Yesterday in a post on Is That A Pistol In Your Pocket? I wondered what type of mobile devices we would be carrying on our person in 5 years time. James Clay “wonder[ed] if the devices will get bigger rather than smaller?” as the screen size is a factor for viewing images and ...

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