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July 8, 2012 / Kirsty Pitkin

IWMW 12: Day Two

  1. 09:00 – 09:45

    Open Data Development in the City of Edinburgh Council

    Sally Kerr and Suraj Kika

  2. Sally Kerr from Edinburgh City Council gave an overview of the state of open data development across Scotland, the funding streams driving this forward and the aspiration they have for future hyperlocal open data projects.  Suraj Kika also provided a quick demonstration of the API on Edinburgh City Council website which is powered by Jadu, and how this can be used with app building tool Weejot.  
  3. Audience Responses:

  4. iwmwlive
    Kerr: We are looking for the most efficient ways to develop new services and open data offers lots of opportunities and savings #iwmw12
  5. sheilmcn
    improving services key for councils, so open data strategies have to prove how open data can improve services #iwmw12
  6. liammcmurray
    Love the idea of open data, and think local councils really benefit from it – trying to think of *good* HE use case #iwmw12
  7. 09:45 – 10:30

    Data Visualisation: A Taster

    Martin Hawksey and Tony Hirst
  8. Tony Hirst showed a range of visualisations to identify trends, emphasising that visualisations can be a powerful way of helping to spot patterns.  He demonstrated different types of graphs you can use to visualise data and noted that 

    Martin Hawksey provided a case study to illustrate the value of this type of work for the sector by walking us through his recent work to visualise #ukoer resources in Jorum using tools such as Google Refine, Gourse, and NodeXL.
  9. Audience Responses:

  10. aethel
    Really inspired by data visualisation session – there are some really powerful tools on display real food for thought. #iwmw12
  11. iwmwlive
    Hawksey: We have an open research philosophy: I spend a lot of time making tools for people to use, so please use them #iwmw12
  12. 11:00 – 11:45

    Key Information Set Data

    Andrew Oakley
  13. Andrew Oakley provided an overview of the implication of the new requirements for institutions to display Key Information Set (KIS) data as a widget on each course page on their website. He defined what HESA is classifying as a course, emphasised the key deadlines and described the data sources which will be included.  He also discussed some of the “interesting” cases, such as requirements for alternative providers.

    The KIS data will be openly available for reuse, but the terms have yet to be agreed.  Oakley outlined the most likely terms.
  14. Audience Responses:

  15. DAldred
    #iwmw12 KIS data to be open – and mashable – could invite some interesting competitive analysis and publication!
  16. PlanetClaire
    Does the KIS widget have a year of data on it as the course info will be out of kilter with the data in the widget?? #iwmw12
  17. adriant
    Some are wanting to hide the widget on our pages because of how misleading the data might be when compared with others! #iwmw12
  18. EA Draffan provided an overview of efforts at Southampton University to implement BS 8878. She emphasised that it is not appropriate to put students into boxes. We all have preferences. We all like to visit websites and enjoy them.  Retrofitting is not the answer – accessibility and inclusive design need to be baked in from the beginning. 

    She explained that BS 8878 presents the business case for accessibility, gives advice about how to embed accessibility, and shows a process.  It makes you repeatedly ask: Do you know who your audience is?
    Draffan noted the importance of recording the accessibility choices you make and any changes carried out.  She also highlighted several of the tools they have been using at Southampton, including an AT bar and Web2Access.
  19. Audience Responses:

  20. rssidhu
    The word that keeps on coming into my mind about accessibility and its implementation is “budget” ? #iwmw12
  21. 14:00 – 14:45

    Going Online – Do Universities Really Understand the Internet?

    Professor Ferdinand von Prondzynski,
  22. Ferdinand von Prondzynski gave a controversial presentation highlighting things he dislikes about a number of institutional websites and how he feels universities could improve their approach to communicating via the web.  He noted that this criticism is not aimed at those designing it, but those briefing and signing off on website design, who he feels do not really understand what they are doing with it or what they want to achieve.
  23. Audience Responses:

  24. CKLondon
    Ferdinand von Prondzynski’s critique of university websites highly entertaining: nobody cares about your news #iwmw12
  25. markpower
    liking the cut of this man’s jib. University websites – cluttered, busy, overly complex. Usability not given proper consideration #iwmw12
  26. millaraj
    Can’t help but feel the biggest problem with University website is senior management trying to design it for themselves #iwmw12
  27. 14:45-15:30

    Do I Need An App For That?

    Rob Borley
  28. Rob Borley provided a compelling argument for when apps are appropriate and when they are not.  He stressed that it important not to be swayed by fashion and following the flock, but to carefully consider the case for an app.  He believes apps should be used for behaviour-oriented tasks, whilst the web should be used for content.  This was not a presentation about the merits of web vs native: in fact, he argued that the battle between web and native apps doesn’t exist. They are both on the same side, they just serve different purposes.
  29. Audience Responses:

  30. markpower
    Spot on. “native” is not in competition with the web. It’s all about fit-for-purpose #iwmw12
  31. kammer
    Listening to @bobscape talking about the mobile web at #iwmw12. He predicts that mobile 1st adaptive web design may become the norm.
  32. Further Information

    For more information about today’s programme, please visit the IWMW 12 website
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