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IWMW 2010 is the fourteenth workshop. This year's theme is 'The Web in Turbulent Times'.
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Institutional Web Management Workshop 2010

Plenary Talk P4: Mobile Web and Campus Assistant

P4: Mobile Web and Campus Assistant
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Tuesday 13 July 09:45-10:00
Damian Steer, ILRT, University of Bristol.
Web use by mobile devices has increased dramatically in the past three years. Mobile-specific zones, once neglected corners of our web sites, have become vital points of presence. Although the mobile web uses the same technologies (html, css, javascript) it presents both unique challenges, as a constrained device with limited input, and opportunities, as an ever-present browsing assistant.

This talk will provide an introduction to the mobile web. We will examine the capabilities of current mobile phones, how they are being used, and who is using them. Native iPhone and Android applications will also be covered.

We will use the Mobile Campus Assistant as a case study. This was created by the Institute for Learning and Research Technology (ILRT) to make time and location sensitive information available to students via their mobiles and location-aware smart phones. For example, where is the nearest available PC? When is the next bus to the hall of residence? Which library is open now?

Contact Details

Damian Steer
Institute for Learning and Research Technology (ILRT)
University of Bristol,
8-10 Berkeley Square

Phone: +44 (0) 117 331 4384



Damian Steer is a senior technical researcher at the Institute for Learning and Research Technology, University of Bristol. He is part of the Web Futures group, which focuses on the use of new web technologies in Higher Education. Web Futures has been particularly concerned with the semantic web / linked data, authorisation, the social web, and more recently mobile web technologies. Recent projects include: Research Revealed, which is examining the integration and exploitation of research information; Visualising China, an exploration of a historical photograph collection; and Mobile Campus Assistant, which makes existing campus-related information available to University of Bristol students via their location-aware smart phones.


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