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  • Brian Kelly 11:44 am on February 28, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Announcing free Wikispaces for higher education 

    I’ve received an email about the forthcoming announcement of “free Wikispaces for higher education”.  In the past I’ve made a fair amount of use of WetPaint wiki at various workshops.  WetPaint has gone downhill since I first started using it – but that doesn’t matter as I was using it in order to illustrate how a wiki can be used.  It’s an example of a disposable application.  But perhaps Wikispaces should be the new disposable wiki environment which I should now be using.

  • Brian Kelly 7:52 pm on February 27, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Capturing Tomorrow’s Talk 

    Tomorrow I’m giving a talk at the BSI headquarters. Ideally I;d like to stream the talk but I don’t know if I’ll have network access. Have installed a video capture tool which I may use.

  • Brian Kelly 3:45 pm on February 26, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Usage Statistics from ACM Library and Institutional Repository 

    Looking at details of (mostly) my papers in the ACM Library I find information on the number of downloads. How do these compare with the downloads for the item in the University of Bath Opus repository, I wonder?

    Paper Conference ACM Downloads
    (12 months)
    Opus Downloads
    (from 1 Feb 2010-31 Jan 2011)
    Developing countries; developing experiences: approaches to accessibility for the real world W4A 2010 33 109
    One world, one web … but great diversity W4A 2008 179 41
    Accessibility 2.0: people, policies and processes W4A 2007 354 138
    Contextual web accessibility – maximizing the benefit of accessibility guidelines W4A 2006 277 21
    Forcing standardization or accommodating diversity?: a framework for applying the WCAG in the real world W4A 2005 115 41

    It should also be noted that prior to uploading these resources to the University of Bath Repository the papers were also available on the UKOLN Web site.  It seems that the usage statistics will have been fragmented – although having the content available in a number of places should have enhanced access and the impact of the ideas presented in the papers.  Is such diversity to enhance access and impact to be valued more than having accurate statistics of the numbers of downloads, I wonder?

  • Brian Kelly 4:10 pm on February 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    A Day Without Email 

    The problems with the University of bath email server have continued today. Imaging if Google or Microsoft’s email was unavailable for 24 hours!  It would be interesting to make comparison between the uptime of institutional and cloud services.

  • Brian Kelly 2:38 pm on February 24, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    New PC 

    Today my office PC died (power lost and then wouldn’t start).  So I’ve got a new PC.  What apps to install?  It looks like this has given me an opportunity to make greater use of Cloud Services, so my Google Desktop provides easy access to Google Calendar  & Google Docs.  Will be interesting to see how this develops.

  • Brian Kelly 10:48 am on February 23, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Archiving Your (Static) Web Site On Amazon 

    Host your Web site on Amazon S3 is the suggestion at http://highedwebtech.com/2011/02/18/host-your-static-website-at-amazon-s3/ – but only if it’s a static Web site.  Hmm, but people will want to provide dynamic Web sites – until a Web site, a project Web site, for example – is to be archived.  So why not use Amazon S3 to host archives of frozen Web sites?

  • Brian Kelly 3:15 pm on February 22, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Get Satisfaction 

    On the web-support JISCMail list I was recently alerted to the news that “Nick Skelton from the University of Bristol described their use of an instance of GetSatisfaction to implement http://askit.bris.ac.uk/uob at a UCISA Cloud Computing Seminar yesterday“.  I wonder if any other Universities are doing this?

  • Brian Kelly 2:58 pm on February 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Was SVG Just A Slow Burner? 

    I have previously described SMIL and SVG as W3C standards which have failed to take off. But is SVG, in particular, a slow burner rather than a failure?  As described in a post on the SVG mailing list the example web application built using SVG 1.1 looks interesting especially as “It works in Opera, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, IE7 w/Adobe, IE8 w/Adobe, IE9 PP7“.

  • Brian Kelly 2:42 pm on February 20, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Are Twitter Referrers The Most Valuable? 

    The UK Web Focus blog now gets a lot of traffic from the Twitter.com Web site – and even more, which are not recorded, from Twitter clients.  A summary provided by WordPress.com showed that after Twitter.com the top referring Web sites which Google (Reader) and Google (search engine).

    But is traffic from Twitter more valuable than traffic from Google search?  After all a Twitter link reflect an individual’s decision to tweet a link, which may provide some form of endorsement for the content, whereas traffic from Google simply reflects Google algorithms.

  • Brian Kelly 9:57 am on February 19, 2011 Permalink | Reply  


    I recently sign up for an Export.li account: a service which describes itself as “Easy Social Media Data Exports. Awesome Reports in Excel“.  I have used it to analyse the University Of Cambridge Facebook page, which has 620 posts and comments from the past 6 months.  I wonder if every University uses a service like this? Or do they rely on a Social Media company – possibly to obtain expensive monthly summaries!

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