Institutional Web Management Workshop 2008:
Call For Speakers And Workshop Facilitators

Call For Speakers And Workshop Facilitators

The Institutional Web Management Workshop 2008 (IWMW 2008) will be held at the University of Aberdeen from Tuesday 22th - Thursday 24th July 2008.

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.

This Year's Theme

The theme for the Institutional Web Management Workshop 2008 is "The Great Debate".

The Web management community is increasingly working in a environment in which users are making significant use of Web 2.0 services. We need to ask:

These are issues our institutions are currently facing. And it seems there may be disagreements within the Web management community regarding the benefits and risks associated with use of a distributed portfolio of services.


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.

Submissions which address this year's theme are welcomed. This might include case studies which describe how institutions are responding to the changing environment in which we work and ways in which such changes are affecting the expectations of the user community and how service providers are responding to such changes. Alternatively, proposals which challenge such notions are also welcomed. And, as well as the well-established plenary talks and workshop sessions, we invite proposals which will facilitate and encourage open discussion and debate amongst the participants.

In addition to the events 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 workshops.

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 2008 event as an opportunity to involve others in their work.

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 discuss ideas for proposals for plenary talks or workshop sessions, feel free to contact Brian Kelly or Mike McConnell.

Submissions should be sent to Brian Kelly.


The deadline for submissions is Friday 28th March 2008.


Speakers and workshop facilitators will normally be expected to book a place on the workshop. However we will provide speakers and workshop facilitators with a small gift as a token of appreciation.

Previous Workshops

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

[Workshop 11 (2007)] - [Workshop 10 (2006)] - [Workshop 9 (2005)]