A talk on The Latest Web Developments: How Do I Deploy Them? was given at the JANET User Support Workshop held at University of Sheffield on 8-10th September 1998.
The Web continues its rapid development. Just as institutions have started to get to grips with HTML and develop policies and support and training programmes, the web continues its rapid evolution. Now CSS is the recommended way of defining the appearance of web resources and clients and servers which support HTTP/1.1 are recommended for improving the performance of the web. In addition we are seeing the development of a new architectural component - metadata - and a new acronym - RDF. However deployment of these new technologies may be expensive, and there may be interoperability problems with the current generation of web tools. In this talk Brian Kelly reviews these new developments and describes techniques for deploying new technologies.
Brian Kelly is UK Web Focus, a national, JISC-funded web coordination post based at UKOLN (UK Office For Library and Information Networking), University of Bath.
Brian has been involved in the development of web services since early 1993 - the web service he supported at Leeds University was one of the first 30 organisational web services available. As most Universities at the time were convinced that Gopher was the most appropriate technology for distributed information systems, between 1993 and 1995 Brian (who was worried that he may have chosen the Internet equivalent of the Betamax system!) gave presentations about the Web thoughout the UK.
In 1995 Brian joined the Netskills project at Newcastle University where he was involved in development of network training material.
In November 1996 Brian took up his current post in Bath. His responsibilities include monitoring web developments, information dissemination, providing advice and representing JISC on the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). Brian was a reviewer for the WWW 7 conference and attended the conference, which took place in Brisbane, Australia.