Running An Institutional Web Service

A Workshop organised by UKOLN

About The Workshop

Are you responsible for running your University's web service? Do you find it time consuming? Do you find it difficult to keep up with the latest Web developments? Are you uncertain which tools to recommend for your information providers? If so, then read on ... UK Web Focus will be hosting a workshop on Running An Institutional Web Service which will address these issues.

Location and Date

The workshop will be held at Kings College London. The workshop will start at lunchtime on Wednesday 16th July and finish at lunchtime on Thursday 17th July.

Who Should Attend?

The workshop is intended primarily for those involved in running an institutional web service. It will be most suitable for staff whose responsibilities include managing a web server, managing authoring tools and managing desktop clients. Computing Service webmasters, applications staff involved in supporting HTML authoring tools and web browsers will find this workshop of benefit.

Note that priority for bookings will be given to members of the UK Higher Education community.


The cost of the workshop is £70 (non-residential) or £105 including one night's en-suite accommodation. The workshop fee will cover attendance at the workshop and workshop materials, refreshments and lunch on arrival. Note that as the Hall of Residence is self-catering, no evening meal or breakfast is provided. However there are many cafes and restaurants available nearby.

The closing date for bookings is Monday, 30 June. Cancellations after this date will incur a cancellation fee of £35, though a substitute delegate is acceptable.

About UK Web Focus

The workshop is being arranged by Brian Kelly, UK Web Focus. UK Web Focus is a national web coordination post, based at UKOLN (UK Office For Library and Information Networking), University of Bath. Responsibilities include technology watch, information dissemination and representing JISC on the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).

Workshop Topics

The workshop will cover a variety of topics which will be of interest to those involved in running World Wide Web services. The programme is currently being finalised but topics will probably include:

Design Issues
What is good web design? What technologies should be used to implement an effective design? What assumptions can be made about the end user's system? How do we reconcile the seemingly conflicting aims of universal access to resources, and exploiting the latest technological developments to provide an attractive website?
Authoring Tools
What authoring tools should we recommend / purchase for use by our information providers? What are the pros and cons of the various tools that are now available?
Information Models
What information flow models are in use within the community? What are the pros and cons of the various models?
How can I use metadata to provide assistance for web search engines to find my site? How can I use metadata for site management purposes?
Database Integration
How do I integrate my corporate databases with my web service?
ActiveX and Java
Are these technologies relevant to running insitutional web services?
Should I run an institutional cache? What is the status of a national caching infrastructure?
Server Management
What is the most appropriate server software for my institution? What is the most appropriate server strategy? How do I provide security on my server?
Legal, Copyright and AUP Issues
What are the legal issues associated with running a web service? What should be covered by an institutional Acceptable Use Policy?

The workshop will include a mixture of presentations on these topics and group discussions.

Last updated by Brian Kelly on 25-Jul-1997.