Institutional Web Management Workshop 2006:
Quality Matters
Call For Speakers

Call For Speakers And Workshop Facilitators

The call has now closed.

The Institutional Web Management Workshop 2006 (IWMW) will be held at the University of Bath on 14-16th June 2006.

As participants at previous events will be aware this workshop is aimed at those involved in management of institutional Web services. The workshop aims to address a broad range of topics including strategic, managerial, resourcing and technical issues.

A key feature of the workshop is the importance placed on participative and interactive sessions, including hands-on sessions, group discussions, etc.

We invite proposals for speakers and workshop facilitators. Note that the format is likely to be similar to the format for last year's workshop and will include a small number of plenary presentations, a larger number of workshop and briefing sessions, possibly complemented by with debates and panel sessions.


The range of topics which may be covered at the workshop is broad, reflecting the wide range of interests and challenges which face those involved in providing institutional Web services.

The theme for this year's workshop is "Quality Matters". We particularly welcome submissions which reflect this theme. This could include consideration of various facets of quality, for example from a user angle this might include usability, accessibility, content etc.; how we are ensuring the provision of quality Web services; the concept of added value; quality from a marketing angle; use of quality assurance and quality control within the Web community; measuring quality; auditing; etc.

In addition to this specific theme, the workshop will also provide an opportunity to hear about and discuss a range of issues relevant to the provision of institutional Web services.

Relevant topics may include, but are not restricted to the following:

Web Strategies
e.g. formulation of and delivery of Web strategies; links with other institutional strategies, etc.
Management And Resource Issues
e.g. approaches to managing and resourcing institutional Web services; staff recruitment and retention issues, staff development; outsourcing; etc.
User Issues
e.g. user needs analysis; user requirements; evaluation; training and support; etc.
Information Management
e.g. approaches to information management.
e.g. approaches to e-Learning, integration with MIS; etc.
e.g. approaches to e-business; e-procurement;
Technical Issues
e.g. server management; security; etc.
Staff Development
e.g. career development for Web managers
Legal Issues
e.g. FOI; IPR; copyright; AUP; etc.

Feedback From Last Year

We have received the following feedback from last year's workshop:


The workshop will consist of a number of plenary presentations together with a larger number of parallel sessions. The plenary presentations will last for 30-45 minutes. The parallel workshop sessions will probably last for 1 hour 30 minutes and parallel briefing sessions will last from 30 minutes - 1 hour.

Plenary Speakers

We invite proposals for talks at the plenary sessions. This will involve delivering a talk lasting for around 30 minutes to all delegates (likely to be over 150). We invite proposals from well-known speakers with a national or international reputation. In addition the Institutional Web Management Workshop also aims to provide an opportunity for those who may be new to the community or those who do not have a high profile at conferences and workshops to also contribute.

The main requirements for plenary speakers are to talk on a subject that is of relevance to a significant proportion of the audience and to engage the audience's interest. Presentations are likely to be on a subject which has national relevance or an institutional or regional case study which provides insights which will be of general interest.

Talks should not cover detailed technical material or be too parochial.

Workshop Facilitators

Proposals are invited for parallel workshop sessions which will last for 1 hour 30 minutes hours. Workshop sessions should aim to be interactive and allow the opportunity for participants to contribute actively, through involvement in discussions, hands-on exercises, etc.

There are a number of approaches which may be taken to workshop sessions such as:

Discussion Groups
Discussion group sessions, chaired by the Workshop Facilitator.
Birds of a Feather Sessions
Birds of a Feather (BoF) sessions which allow participants to discuss a session of general interest.
Hands-on Sessions
Hands-on sessions in which participants will have access to a networked PC.
Community Sessions
Community Sessions aimed at members of particular communities.

This year to help delegates decide on appropriate workshop sessions we would like to implement a rating system.

Talks should not cover detailed technical material or be too parochial.

Briefing Session Facilitators

This year proposals are also invited for briefing sessions which will last for 30 minutes - 1 hour. Unlike workshop sessions, briefing sessions do not need to be hands-on, the facilitator should present on a specific subject area and then provide opportunity for questions and general discussion afterwards.

This year to help delegates decide on appropriate briefing sessions we would like to implement a rating system.

Other Ideas

We also welcome proposals for alternative approaches. This could include, for example, debates, panel sessions, etc.

Submission Of Proposals

If you would like to submit a proposal for a plenary or workshop session, please contact Marieke Guy or a member of the programme committee at the address given in the list of programme committee members.

When submitting your proposal you should include the following information.

Name and Affiliation
Your contacts details.
Proposed Title
The proposed title for your session.
Session Type
The type of session you are proposing (e.g. plenary talk, hands-on session, discussion group, etc.
A brief abstract for the session.
Learning Objectives
The learning objectives for the session - i.e. what participants will gain from the session.
Interactive Elements (for workshop/briefing sessions)
Details of how workshop sessions will be made interactive, allowing participants to actively engage in the session.
Ratings (for workshop/briefing sessions)
Technical and hands-on rating.


The deadline for submissions is Monday 6th March 2006.


Speakers and workshop facilitators will normally be expected to book a place on the workshop. However there will be a subsidy for speakers and workshop facilitators, together with a small gift.

Further Information

For further information please contact Marieke Guy (chair of the Programme Committee) or a member of the Programme Committee.

Previous Workshops

If you have not attended a workshop before you may find the workshop Web sites will provide useful background material:

[Workshop 9 (2005)] - [Workshop 8 (2004)] - [Workshop 7 (2003)] - [Workshop 6 (2002)] - [Workshop 5 (2001)] - [Workshop 4 (2000)] - [Workshop 3 (1999)] - [Workshop 2 (1998)] - [Workshop 1 (1997)]