PORTALS 2002: An Institutional Imperative JISC
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  FINAL DATE FOR BOOKING : Friday 7th June

A one day conference for senior managers in Post 16/Higher Education, jointly hosted by the University of Nottingham and JISC.

Increasingly institutions are coming to realise the need to provide an integrated gateway through to disparate services and content. Web sites have become difficult to maintain, with out of date material, and struggle to serve the needs of the many classes of user: student, staff, alumni, visitor, applicant etc.

Many institutions having adopted a 'best of breed' strategy will have purchased systems from a variety of vendors. Thus the finance system, student records, timetabling, library, virtual learning environment and content management system will have issues of compatibility not only at the backend in sharing data, but also in the interface they present to the user.

Portals promise the capability to allow for personalised views onto an institution, based on what is known about the user, and incorporating their own preferences. They present a seamless interface, which allows for diversity in the underlying systems and services, but prevents confusion. They can dramatically improve information flows, and act as a personal information manager, where the news items, announcements or appointments that are important for the user are shown in a single space, without being drowned in material that is for a more general audience.

This conference presents an opportunity for institutions to share their experience and expectations in adopting portals. Although there will be an exhibition space for portal vendors and solution providers, the emphasis is on the institution, and technology will be kept to a minimum. No two institutions have the same combination of MIS systems, authentication methods, database and server configurations, but all institutions will find they have several parts in common, and will be seeking similar solutions. This conference is a good opportunity to create a basis for collaboration.

Anyone considering implementing an institutional portal will find that their stakeholder analysis will reveal interest from many areas that may not have worked in close collaboration beforehand. Any of the following will find the day stimulating, without being technical: VC's, PVC's with responsibility for eLearning, Information Services or Student Affairs, Registrars, Managers of Information Services, Teaching Enhancement units, Data systems, Librarians, Student Affairs, Student Union Representatives.


Portals 2002
June Makin
Room A107, Trent Building
University of Nottingham
University Park

Telephone: +44 (0) 115 9514590
Fax: +44 (0) 115 8466225

email: june.makin@nottingham.ac.uk


The exhibition offers a unique opportunity for firms supplying portal software and services to present themselves to the senior managers within FE and HE who decide on expenditue for the academic community. Also, universities and colleges
are welcome to present case studies in the exhibition area.

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