IWMW13 Highlights: Day 2

A potted summary from day two of the Institutional Web Management Workshop 2013 at the University of Bath, 26th - 28th June 2013.


  1. Stop Trying to Avoid Losing and Start Winning: How BS 8878 Reframes the Accessibility Question

    Jonathan Hassell, Hassell Inclusion
  2. Jonathan Hassell at IWMW 13
    Jonathan Hassell at IWMW 13
  3. Jonathan Hassell explained how BS 8878 can help to reframe the accessibility question by strategically embedding inclusion into institutional business-as-usual processes.  He noted that the current model of the 'accessibility superhero' is not sustainable and emphasised the importance of getting everyone involved.

    Hassell's talk went on to explain how BS 8878 is designed to help web managers to choose the right guidelines for their audience and emphasised the importance of taking the user's needs seriously, over and above compliance with specific accessibility guidelines.  He recommended outlining accessibility aspirations early in the design process to help guide decisions, rather than retrofitting, and provided useful statistics to help argue the business case in favour of inclusive design to all involved.

  4. Here is a selection of the responses to Jonathan's talk from the IWMW audience:
  5. Adapting to Responsive Web Design

    David Cornforth, Jisc infoNet
  6. David Cornforth at IWMW13
    David Cornforth at IWMW13
  7. David Cornforth from Jisc InfoNet provided a case study of their efforts to build a responsive website.  He framed this by emphasising the ways in which we have been applying historical thinking based on previous mediums to the unique canvas of the web.  Responsive design involves embracing the flexibility this offers us and moving away from designing device-specific experiences.

    Cornforth emphasised that we should stop making assumptions about the type of content users want to view based on their device and rallied against the term 'web page'.  He noted that in his experience at Jisc InfoNet, responsive web design forced them to be more iterative and agile, sketching and testing in the browser, rather than completing massive Photoshop mockups of the site.

  8. Here are a few of the thoughts David's talk provoked among the IWMW audience:
  9. The Inside-Out University

    Martin Hamilton, Loughborough University
  10. Martin Hamilton at IWMW 13
    Martin Hamilton at IWMW 13
  11. Martin Hamilton described some of the many disruptive technologies approaching on the horizon, and challenged us to consider whether our institutions are mentally ready to be silicon roundabout or whether we are still in the dreaming spires.

    Hamilton explored the role of open educational resources (OERs), the rise of the MOOC and the ways in which web managers can help academics raise their impact using the skills they have developed.  He also touched upon the issue of open data and citing examples from Jisc's Course Data programme and the BRISSkit project to show how this can be used to improve research as well as web services.

    Hamilton concluded his presentation by asking the IWMW audience to contribute their ideas to a Google Doc aimed at crowdsourcing a new Jisc innovation strategy. To contribute, click here.

  12. Here is a flavour of the audience response to Martin's talk:
  13. Working with Developers

    Paul Walk, UKOLN