Institutional websites

Posted on March 13, 2008. Filed under: accessibility, google, rss, universities, web 2.0 | Tags: , , , , , |

Like Brian Kelly, I came across the University of Southampton’s “iSoton” website via Lorcan Dempsey‘s blog posting.

Having had a look at iSoton, I wondered why an organisation would choose to create such a site rather than make something almost identical within a PageFlakes ‘page’ or within an iGoogle ‘tab’ for example (for free)? People could then add and delete applications from their version of the ‘page’ or ‘tab’. New applications produced by an organisation could be publicised via an rss feed (and viewed in the Pageflake or in iGoogle or elsewhere).

The comments on Brian Kelly’s blog post’s include a response from the manager of the iSoton Project.

Personally, I would like to be able to drag one or more applications from within an organisation’s page (e.g. the catalogue search box on my Library’s website; or the new BBC homepage’s news and weather sections; or a flickr photo collection) into the tool that I use – currently iGoogle.

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The rationale of why we created iSoton is detailed on Brian’s blog so i won’t go into it here too.

In relation to being able to drag and drop elements we’re moving one step at a time here. iSoton was and is a demonstration of our brand values and our approach to web2.0 and the implications of relationships with users. Whilst the digital team may would have been comfortable with ‘drag and drop’ features from the outset, in our judgement, the institution as a whole would not have been. However, the digital team is currently assessing which widgets to develop and this based on feedback from our users and also an assessment on what would best carry our brand.


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