Institutional Web Management Workshop 2006:
Quality Matters
Workshop Sessions

Plenary Talk 5: What Does Openness Mean to the Web Manager?

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What Does Openness Mean to the Web Manager?
Randy Metcalfe, OSS Watch and Brian Kelly, UKOLN
Openness appears to be all the rage: open standards for interoperability, open source for software development and deployment, and open content for sharing knowledge. What brings these phenomena together is a commitment to openness. But how do colleges and universities engage with openness? And more particularly, what does it mean for institutional Web managers.
Learning Outcomes:
At the end of the talk participants will:
  • Have gained an appreciation of the potential benefits of open source software, open standards and open content.
  • Have learnt about the relationships between these different aspectes of openness.
  • Be aware of some of the challenges institutions face in embracing openness
  • Have learnt about a user-focussed model which aims to maximise the bifefits of openness.
  • Be aware of the befenits for participants and their institutions in contributing to an openness culture.
14.00- 14.45, Thursday 15th June 2006.
Lecture Theatre 2, 8W building, University of Bath.
Contact Details
Randy Metcalfe
OSS Watch
University of Oxford
Web site:
Brian Kelly
University of Bath
Phone: 01225 383943
Web site:


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Slides (Brian Kelly)
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