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CMS procurement: Time for open source?

I attended the Plone in Business seminar this week, organised by Netsight as part of the annual Plone conference, being held this year in sunny Bristol. To be honest, I didn’t learn an awful lot about Plone but it was a very useful afternoon as there were some good speakers on the procurement process for […]

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Changes to JISC website – phase 1

All been very quiet on the blogging front for a while. That’s because we’ve had our noses to the grindstone doing this… We’ve made some changes to the JISC website that went live today. This is an evolution of the existing site, not a massive revamp, and is phase 1 of a series of changes […]

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Highlights of #iwmw10

I have just returned from the Institutional Web Managers Workshop (IWMW), held at the University of Sheffield. This was my 6th IWMW (sheesh, how time flies) and I always enjoy the event. It’s not always directly relevant for my role in the JISC comms team but it’s the principal gathering for webbies in the sector […]

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Iteration 4 of JISC website prototype now available for comment

I wrote about this project in my previous post. We’ve now moved onto iteration 4 of the JISC website prototype. If you’d like to give us some feedback, we’d happily receive it.

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Shifting focus of the JISC website

We’ve been considering a shift in the focus of the JISC website over the past few months, to better reflect the new JISC strategy and our own Communications and Marketing team strategy. In essence, this means we now want to reach beyond the ‘traditional’ JISC audiences (e.g. librarians, e-learning professionals and Heads of IT) and […]

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JISC Involve multi-feed

I have posted before about the social media widget on the JISC homepage. For a while, I have wanted to get an aggregated feed from JISC Involve as a ‘source’ for the widget and a module on the social media page. JISC Involve is a WordPress blogging platform provided by JISC for the community and […]

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JISC website user evaluation 2009

We made some fairly big changes to the JISC website last year, including the ability to navigate JISC activity by topic, homepage customisation and enhancements to site search. Last Autumn, we asked Pure Usability to conduct an evaluation of the website with a focus on these changes; this comprised an online survey, some user testing […]

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Social media widget

This week, we launched a ‘social media widget’ on the JISC homepage (the eagle-eyed among you might have noticed it was launched last week but quickly pulled when it fell over!). We didn’t just want to provide a link to YouTube, Slideshare etc. We wanted to surface some of the actual content JISC provides on […]


Have your say about the JISC website

This year we’ve made quite a lot of changes to the JISC website. As well as the new look and feel, we’ve added some new features. You can customise your JISC homepage to see content you’re interested in using a number of different widgets. We’ve implemented a faceted search for the publications section. You can now browse […]

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Does everybody hate their CMS?

We’ve recently run a survey to find out levels of user satisfaction with our web content management system (CMS). I guessed the answer before we started – everyone hates it! Levels of dissatisfaction are very high, with slow performance, poor usability and inflexibility the major gripes. Much of this is justified and there are some […]