Posts Tagged ‘Web’

Looking back to IWMW 2003

May 9, 2016

I was recently approached by Brian Kelly, who runs UK Web Focus, about writing a blog item about a workshop I ran at the Institutional Web Management Workshop (IWMW) in 2003. This would form part of a series of blog posts on the conference, which has been running for almost twenty years.

After a few days of dredging memories from deep within my brain, the blog post is written and is now published on the IWMW website.

The 2003 workshop was about Web-based research expertise systems and, in particular, work I had been leading at the University of Nottingham on the East Midlands Research Expertise Database (EMRED).

It was a long time ago, and a lot has changed, both in terms of technology and in the way universities now handle their engagements with business. So it’s been a fascinating exercise to pause for a moment and look back.


Progressive web apps

April 21, 2016

Interesting article in Wired on how the open Web is responding to the rise of closed, proprietary apps.

It was twenty years ago today

November 12, 2010

It seems incredible, but it’s true: the Web is officially twenty years old today. Tim Berners-Lee’s original proposal was submitted to his bosses at CERN on this day in 1990. There was apparently little or no initial enthusiasm or, indeed, response. Although years later a copy sent to one of them, Mike Sendall, was found with the following words scrawled on the front cover: ‘vague, but exciting’.

You can read the original at:

Tim Berners-Lee describes the initial efforts in the following video talk: