IWMW 12: Day Two

An evolving summary of the Institutional Web Management Workshop 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.  
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  4. 09:45 - 10:30

    Data Visualisation: A Taster

    Martin Hawksey and Tony Hirst
  5. 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.
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  7. 11:00 - 11:45

    Key Information Set Data

    Andrew Oakley
  8. 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.
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  10. 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.