Google Librarian

August 9th, 2006 by Rowan Purdy

Google Librarian was created to help librarians and information professionals master the art of online searching and harness the infinite power of Google and its services.

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Categories: user experience, web services


Gateway to information about the Freedom of Information Act

July 11th, 2006 by Rowan Purdy

JISC has awarded £200,000 to Freedom of Information (FOI) experts from Liverpool John Moores University and MIMAS at the University of Manchester to develop the Information Governance Gateway.

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Categories: information management


Adult opinions on key social issues within society

June 28th, 2006 by Rowan Purdy

The Citizenship Survey is a biennial survey of adults in England and Wales, covering a range of community based issues, including views about the local area, racial and religious prejudice and discrimination.

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Categories: research


Notschool.net

May 26th, 2006 by Rowan Purdy

Notschool.net is an online research project looking at ways of re-engaging young people of school age back into learning.

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What can Zimbra do for us?

April 18th, 2006 by Rowan Purdy

The Zimbra collaboration suite provides an open source web-based communications solution tailored for the small business. This article explores what this new kid on the block has to offer.

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Categories: information management, open source


NHS good corporate citizenship assessment model launched

March 1st, 2006 by Rowan Purdy

As the largest employer in Europe spending £65 billion a year, the NHS is a powerful economic presence. This model is designed to help NHS organisations to look at how they procure and manage services to contribute to healthy outcomes for people who use those services.

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Ajax promises improved user experience of the web

February 18th, 2006 by Rowan Purdy

Asynchronous JavaScript And XML, or its acronym Ajax, is a Web development technique for creating interactive web applications. In this post I describe the benefits to end users, introduce some examples of Ajax use on the web and have a look behind the scenes to explain how the magic works.

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Categories: user experience, web 2.0


In collaboration we trust

February 9th, 2006 by Rowan Purdy

More than any other previous government policy this latest white paper has been developed through consultation, listening and providing people with opportunities to say what they wanted. Here I outline why factors such as these and most importantly collaboration and trust will be key to the successful translation of the policy into practice.

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Reflections on the white paper ‘Our Health, Our Care, Our Say’

February 8th, 2006 by Rowan Purdy

Some excellent thoughts from Headshift on the new white paper ‘Our Health, Our Care, Our Say: A New Direction for Community Services’ by Stuart Hall and Lee Bryant.

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Website development toolkit

January 3rd, 2006 by Rowan Purdy

I have authored a basic toolkit to help people think about the reasons for developing a website and produce a business case to help get others on board.

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Categories: learning


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