Institutional Web Management:
The Joined-Up Web

Exhibition and Poster Displays

On Friday 8th September 2000 an exhibition featuring displays from commercial vendors and poster displays from the HE community itself took place. Further details are available below.


1: Redleaf Limited

Redleaf Limited is a NetObjects Solution Providers Partner and an Allaire Alliance Partner offering product evaluation, installation, consultancy, support and training to users of NetObjects and Allaire products.

At the exhibition we will be demonstrating NetObjects Collage and Allaire ColdFusion. RedLeaf consultants have many years experience of building Internet and Intranet sites and have successfully provided solutions for major corporations, education and government establishments and SMEs. By partnering with the world's leading software vendors, RedLeaf is able to offer an unparallel service.

2: Highlander

Abstract: Highlander Software Ltd is a leading provider of e-business solutions based around the Allaire platform. This means we offer a broad range of software, training and consultancy services on ColdFusion, Allaire Spectra, JRun, AbleCommerce and many other products, covering areas such as content management, personalisation, data syndication, etc.

Highlander's client base includes a broad number of educational establishments including Universities of York, Bath, Oxford, Edinburgh and London, OFSTED and the DfEE and we offer discounted educational pricing on our range of Allaire Authorised training courses.

3: Open Objects Software

Abstract: Open Objects Software is the UK Integrator for 'Ultraseek Server' providing a world class, fast, accurate and fully featured search facility for Intranets and Web Sites. Major institutional customers include:

  • Cambridge University
  • Edinburgh University
  • Queen's University Belfast
  • Cardiff University
  • De Montford University
  • Glasgow Caledonia University
  • London Business School
  • University of Hull

We offer a very generous discount to qualifying academic institutions.

Poster Displays

Brian Kelly, UKOLN
UKOLN, the UK Office For Library and Information Networking, provides advice to the Higher Education and library, museums and archives communities on digital networked services. This display will describe the various activities carried out by UKOLN including:

1a: Examples of UKOLN's Project Work
Manjula Patel, Richard Waller, UKOLN
The SCHEMAS project is funded as part of the Information Society Technologies (IST) Programme, a theme of the European Union's Fifth Framework Programme managed by the Information Society Directorate-General of the European Commission. SCHEMAS provides a forum for metadata schema designers involved in projects under the IST Programme and national initiatives in Europe. The intent of SCHEMAS is to inform schema implementers about the status and proper use of new and emerging metadata standards. The project will support development of good-practice guidelines for the use of standards in local implementations. It will also investigate how metadata registries can support these aims.
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The IMesh Toolkit Project evolved from the desire, expressed at EDL '98, for international collaboration between subject gateway initiatives to achieve consensus on a subject gateway systems framework. These initiatives formed the IMesh (International Mesh) forum and UKOLN, Project ISAAC at University of Wisconsin-Madison and ILRT, University of Bristol, intend to collaborate with them in the development of the IMesh Toolkit. The IMesh Toolkit Project is funded under the NSF/JISC International Digital Libraries Initiative. The project intends to define an overall architecture which specifies individual components and how they interoperate. It will build on existing subject gateway software to develop a configurable, reusable and extensible toolkit for subject gateway providers.
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Clare Rogers, JISC
The JISC promotes the innovative application and use of information systems and information technology in higher and further education in the UK. The JISC's central role is to ensure that uptake of new technologies and methods is cost-effective, comprehensive and well-focused.

The network, services and projects provided by the JISC ensure that its community is at the leading edge in the use and development of new technologies for learning, teaching and research. The JISC aims to maintain the community's position at the forefront of developments in information management and to promote best practice and the use of agreed standards. It provides:

  • A high-speed, broad-band network (known as JANET, the UK's academic and research network), connecting all universities and colleges
  • A framework for developing a Distributed National Electronic Resource (DNER) of online material: academic, bibliographic and printed materials, research datasets, images, moving images and sound
  • Funding for development projects to test new technologies and disseminate results and innovative products within the community
  • Advisory and support services to help individuals, universities and colleges exploit the benefits of communications and information technology.

JISC Services represented at this conference include: datacentres such as BIDS and EDINA; the RDN subject gateway; advisory services such as UKOLN, UK Web Focus and Netskills; network and communication services such as the UK Mirror Service and JISCmail and the negotiation agency CHEST.

For further information, a full range of JISC publications will be available from the JISC stand.

3: The RDN
Justine Kitchen, RDNC, KCL
This poster display will describe the work of the Resource Discovery Network (RDN).

4: The UK Mirror Service
Claire Moore, UK Mirror Service
The UK Mirror Service can save thousands on transatlantic bandwidth charges for your institution. This freely available service provides access to millions of data items - software, textual information, etc. of interest to HE and FE. To find out how your institution can save money whilst helping academics and students save time, visit the UK Mirror Service's stand for more information.

5: JISCmail
Margaret Curtis, JISCmail, RAL
JISCmail is the successor to the Mailbase service and will provide an email distribution service for discussion lists for the UK higher and further education and research communities. It is more than just a simple list hosting service. Other features include the maintenance of archives of emails and files together with web access for locating and using lists.

6: W3C
Stuart Robinson, W3C (UK Office), KCL
The World Wide Web Consortium was created in October 1994 to lead the World Wide Web to its full potential by developing common protocols that promote its evolution and ensure its interoperability. W3C has more than 420 Member organizations from around the world and has earned international recognition for its contributions to the growth of the Web. W3C is financed primary by its Members and, to a lesser extent, by public funds. W3C Membership is available to all organizations.

W3C is hosted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Laboratory for Computer Science [MIT/LCS] in the United States; the Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique [INRIA] in Europe; and the Keio University Shonan Fujisawa Campus in Japan. Many of the more than fifty researchers and engineers that make up the W3C Team work at these host locations.

By promoting interoperability and encouraging an open forum for discussion, W3C commits to leading the technical evolution of the Web. In just over five years, W3C has developed more than 20 technical specifications for the Web's infrastructure. However, the Web is still young and there is still a lot of work to do, especially as computers, telecommunications, and multimedia technologies converge. To meet the growing expectations of users and the increasing power of machines, W3C is already laying the foundations for the next generation of the Web. W3C's technologies will help make the Web a robust, scalable, and adaptive infrastructure for a world of information.

7: Netskills
Dave Hartland, Netskills
Netskills provides Internet and Web training in the form of hand-on workshops, training materials and on-line tutorials primarily to the UK higher and further education communities. This poster display will describe the work of Netskills. Various flyers, newsletters and sample materials will be available.

Trevor Janes, CHEST
CHEST negotiates for the supply of software, data, information, training materials and other IT related products to the Higher and Further Education communities in the UK and Republic of Ireland.

CHEST agreements, where CHEST focuses most of its energies, are formal contracts between CHEST and the suppliers of IT products. These agreements are usually for up to 5 years and almost all are for site licences, where the staff and students of the institution may use the products covered at no charge other than a single, fixed annual fee.

CHEST is a division of EduServ, a not for profit organisation, with charitable status within Education.

Paul Milne, EDINA
EDINA, based at Edinburgh University Data Library, is a JISC-funded national datacentre. It offers the UK tertiary education and research community networked access to a library of data, information and research resources. All EDINA services are available free of charge to members of UK tertiary education institutions for academic use, although institutional subscription and end-user registration are required for most services.

10: ILRT
Martin Belcher, ILRT
The Institute for Learning and Research Technology ILRT is the largest centre of its kind in the UK educational sector. Home to over 60 staff and 35 projects and services (on local, national and international levels). It is almost exclusively funded (90%+) by external funding from a variety of sources (HEFCE, JISC, research councils, European Commission,. etc.) The activities of the Institute fall into several main areas:

  • Research and Development
  • Service Delivery
  • Consultancy

The institute is home to a number of leading national services including SOSIG, TASI, BioMed and LTSN Economics.

This poster display will present an outline of the Institute's activities, highlighting some of our research and service activities. An outline on future developments will also be given.

11: Centre for Development of New Technologies in Learning, University of Bath
Derek Morrison, University of Bath
The Centre for Development of New Technologies in Learning at the University of Bath has over the years developed a number of innovative multimedia learning solutions. Latterly, many of these have been Web/CD hybrids which use the Internet where appropriate but yet make use of local media where high quality is required. The poster session will demonstrate some of the Centre's work in Web/CD integration.

12 - BIDS
Terry Morrow, BIDS
BIDS is perhaps the best known of the JISC's national datacentres, providing network access to a broad range of bibliographic and full text material. A number of well known commercial databases are available through the service - see for more details.

BIDS also provides access (both directly and via bibliographic database search result linking) to ingentaJournals - a free database of all the articles in the ingentaJournals full text service. ingentaJournals now gives access to over a million articles from over 2,500 journals supplied by 32 different publishers.

BIDS staff will be on hand to describe or demonstrate any of these services, as well as the new 'my ingenta' customisation facility.


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