Last Orders at the IWMW2009 blog

12 08 2009

This year we decided that we’d like to have an exciting, interactive mechanism for sharing information about the Institutional Web Management Workshop. We also wanted this to be a way for delegates and interested parties to have a voice before, during and after the event.

And so the IWMW 2009 blog was born…

We hope the blog has been useful to you and you’ve found the posts both stimulating and informative.

From today we don’t intend to provide any more significant posts on the blog. The blog will remain here as a resource for you to use and comments will remain open (for the time being).  In the future we may consider archiving of the blog.

If you have any comments on the content or structure of the blog please do let us know/post them up.

We’ll hopefully see you all at next year’s event!


Train Strike

29 07 2009

Because of industrial action by members of the RMT and ASLEF unions, disruption will occur on National Express East Anglia and Stansted Express services, Thursday 30 and Friday 31 July. Details on National Rail enquiries Web site.

A reduced service will run between:

  • Liverpool Street and Colchester / Norwich
  • London Liverpool Street and Southend Victoria
  • London Liverpool Street and Stansted Airport

There will be no other services run by National Express East Anglia on these days.

The train timetable is on the notice board by the information desk. If you are concerned you can contact the events team.

Bag Preview

27 07 2009

The IWMW organising committee are now on site and packing your delegate bags. Here’s a quick preview.


Excited yet?

Do You Have A Tip To Share?

25 07 2009

There are 200 participants at this year’s institutional Web management workshop. Imagine if each participants shared just one tip or piece of advice on something that helps them do their work more effectively – what a valuable resource that could be. And, as with those social networks which get better as the numbers of participants increases, if we each spend just a minute or so sharing our tips, we would gain more than we put it.  A pyramid scheme which is ethical and could work!

My advice:

Add the RSS feed for blogs you might useful to your RSS reader. And also add the RSS feed for the blog comments. For this blog the two feeds are for the blog contents and the comments. And if you have a mobile device install an RSS reader so that you can read the posts and comments if you are stuck on  slow-moving bus or train to work!

Have you something to share?

Ariadne article

24 07 2009


Is anyone interested in writing a trip report on IWMW for the Ariadne Web magazine? This needn’t be a lengthy piece (approximately 2000 words) and can be in a fairly informal, chatty style. If so drop me (Marieke) an email asap.

Take a look at some previous reports for inspiration:

Top Tips for Newbies

24 07 2009

If this is your first Institutional Web Management Workshop at the moment it may seem a little daunting….


delegatesA lot of the IWMW crowd know each other really well and have been coming for many years, some also see each other regularly through local events (like the Scottish Web folk).

danceThat said every year there are lots of new people and us regulars are a really friendly bunch and always keen to welcome new sheep into the fold!

You don’t need to get out there running BarCamps, asking questions after every plenary or shouting out your opinions to get a lot out of IWMW (but if you want to then that’s fine too!)

Anyway here are some top tips for newbies. Experienced IWMWers might like to add some tips of their own.

Top Tips

  • Go along to the social events. They are the best way to meet people. There are only so many spaces available so someone will have to sit next to you! 😉
  • If you’ve got a lap top or mobile device have a go at Twitter. It’s a great way to make a comment without being too loud about it. Don’t forget to use the #iwmw2009 tag.
  • Try posting a comment on the blog as a painless way to introduce yourself.
  • If there is something your feel passionate about or something you’re proud of then why not add your suggestion to the list of barcamp proposals. This is an ideal opportunity to get yourself known without having to go through all the planning and preparation which the speakers and workshop facilitators volunteer for.
  • Say hello to Brian (he’s the sword dancer, not the morris dancer, in the photograph). He’ll introduce you to new people!
  • Chat to people in your parallel sessions. They’ve obviously got similar interests to you. Also have your say – the groups are fairly small (under 30) so it’s not as difficult to speak up as it is in the main lecture theatre
  • Have a few drinks, have a boogie and enjoy yourself. It’s not often work pay for you to have fun!
Brian and his morris dancing friend at IWMW2006, Bath

Brian and his morris dancing friend at IWMW2006, Bath

Would You Like To Say Hello?

17 07 2009

At IWMW 2008 we set up a Ning social network to support the event. This allowed participants to sign up and contribute to the discussions – and over 80 participants did. This year we are making use of this blog as the focal point for activities in the run-up to the event, which will complement the main IWMW 2009 Web site (the focal point for official information).


We’d like to provide an opportunity for participants to introduce themselves on this blog. In order to avoid people having to request a username and password for the blog we suggest that you can do this by adding a comment to this post.

So why not, for example, say where you work and what you hope to get out of IWMW 2009 or some of the issues you hope will be addressed.