Web Futures: Implications For HE

Brian Kelly gave a talk on Web Futures: Implications For HE at a seminar held at King's College London on Friday 27th January 2006. The seminar took place from 12:15-13:15 (with additional time available for open discussion) in the Function Room, Henriette Raphael Building, Guy's Campus, (next to London Bridge) (see campus map ).

Further details are provided on the ISS: Information Services and Systems Web site.


The Web is now mission-critical to the higher education community. We have moved on from the mid 1990s when use of the Web was promoted by enthusiasts and early adopters. Most institutions will now have a Web team, staffed with staff having a range of expertise and a budget for the procurement of enterprise software such as a Content Management System who charged with maximising the potential of the Web to support the institution's mission.

However the Web does not yet have appeared to have stabilised. The Semantic Web is still being developed and we have recently started to hear about Web 2.0. There are also a wide range of Web-based applications being developed, such as Blogs, Wikis, Podcasting, Social Networking software, etc. which may have implications for the higher education community. And, in addition to such disruptive technologies emerging from the Web development community, within the UK HE sector JISC are committed to the development of the e-Framework, based on a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) approach, to support the development of applications of particular relevance to the HE sector such as e-learning, portals, digital repositories, etc.

Where does this leave the institution? In this seminar Brian Kelly will give an outline of emerging Web developments and discuss the implications for the higher education sector.

About The Speaker

Brian Kelly's job title is UK Web Focus - an advisory post funded by the JISC and MLA to advise the higher and further education sectors and the cultural heritage sector on best practices related to the Web.

Brian has been involved in using the Web since January 1993, when he helped established a Web service at the University of Leeds - probably the first institutional Web service in the UK HE community and one of the first fifty organisations around the world to register a Web service.

Brian is based at UKOLN, a national centre of expertise in digital information management located at the University of Bath.

Who Should Attend?

This seminar is aimed at both Web developers and Web authors and policy makers who have an interest in emerging new Web technologies. The seminar is open to staff at King's College London and members of institutional Web management teams at other London institutions.



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About 130 people attended this seminar. The following 21 institutions which were represented were:

A total of 60 evaluation forms were received. On a score of 1 (not useful) to 10 (Very useful) an average rating of 7.6 was given based on the following responses:

6 scores of 10; 7 scores of 9; 26 scores of 8; 7 scores of 7; 5 scores of 6; 5 scores of 5; 0 scores of 4; 2 scores of 3; 0 scores of 2; 0 scores of 1 and 2 (no scores given).


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