Institutional Web Management Workshop 2007:
Next Steps for the Web Management Community
Call For Speakers

Call For Speakers And Workshop Facilitators

The call is now closed but if you do have an idea that you would really like included in the workshop please contact as soon as possible.

The Institutional Web Management Workshop 2007 (IWMW) will be held at the University of York from Monday 16th - Wednesday 18th July 2007.

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 are now pleased to 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 "Next Steps for the Web Management Community". We particularly welcome submissions which reflect this theme. The Institutional Web Management Workshop has been running for over 10 years now (this is the 11th workshop) so it is now timely to both look back on the strengths of the Web management community and look forward to ways in which we can build on these strengths. In particular it may be timely to exploit the potential of social networking tools and to explore whether the ideas behind the notion of a community of practice can be applied to the Web management profession.

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 2.0
e.g. Web 2.0 technologies used, Web design in a Web 2.0 environment, barriers to use, cultural issues etc.
Web Strategies
e.g. formulation of and delivery of Web strategies, links with other institutional strategies etc.
Key Web Applications
e.g. content management systems, repositories, portals 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, etc.
e.g. approaches to e-Learning, integration with MIS, etc.
e.g. approaches to e-business, e-procurement, etc.
Technical Issues
e.g. Web design, security, authentication, roaming issues, etc.
Staff Development
e.g. career development for Web managers, communities of practice, community, etc.
Legal Issues
e.g. FOI; IPR; copyright; AUP; etc.


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

Proposals are invited for 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 both well-known speakers with a national or international reputation together with proposals for those who may be new to the community or have not spoken at or facilitated sessions at previous woorkshops.

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.

In addition to proposals for workshop sessions, this year we also invite proposals for working group sessions, which are intended to allow groups who have either been working on related areas or who are prepared to commit to continue working jointly after the workshop to use the IWMW 2007 event as an opportunity to involve others in their work.

This year to help delegates decide on appropriate workshop 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. Please feel free to contact the event chair to discuss any ideas.

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 advisory group at the address given in the list of advisory group 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 26th February 2007.


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 workshop) or a member of the advisory group.

Previous Workshops

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

[Workshop 10 (2006)] - [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)]