My weeknotes are annotated lists of things I’ve been reading about, watching and doing over the last week. This one includes building mobile websites, the Internet of Things, Lanyrd, the CETIS conference and planning a Netskills seminar series

How To Build A Mobile Website

http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2010/11/03/how-to-build-a-mobile-website/

A practical post focusing mainly on use of mobile stylesheets to modify the presentation and layout for mobile devices. As pointed out in the comments, there are alternative approaches, including progressive enhancement (starting with simple semantic data suitable for mobile, then enhancing for more other devices/displays) and design for mobile (recognising that a mobile experience is more than just what it looks like and might require a more fundamentally different approach to design).

I’m sure this is something many sites are considering, including the Guardian who have just redesigned their mobile site and iPhone app, which will soon move to a paid subscription model.

It’s a small smart world

http://www.economist.com/node/17388368

A special issue from the Economist looking at the potential of data sensors, processors and displays to augment systems so they can become smarter. Much of it is speculation on future development, with systems including everything from RFID tags in groceries, to utilities and entire cities. While we wait for automated sensors to be added to everything, it seems people are already doing a pretty good job…”Most important, however, humans themselves have turned out to be excellent sensors. Many provide information without any extra effort, just by carrying around a mobile phone” and using it to check-in, tweet, post…

I’ve been working on a web2practice animation around the ideas of location + data + mobile + social and how that can give an augmented sense of place through things like AR. The animation is done, but I’m still working on the accompanying practical guide, so if you have any suggestions for this, please do comment.

Lanyrd makes conferences social

Lanyrd is a relatively new, but increasingly popular service that offers some useful features for those how present at and attend conferences. This started as being mainly about ‘what’s on & who’s going?’ but now allows for event ‘coverage’ in the form of embedded slides, photos, audio and video. As I’m only just getting started with this, I’ll simply point you at the thoughts of Matt Jukes, Graham Attwell and Brian Kelly.

CETIS conference

Never Waste a Good Crisis – Innovation & Technology in Institutions

I booked for the 2010 CETIS conference – as you’d know already if you use Lanyrd ;-). I’ll be be in the session ‘Next Generation Content’, which is tackling mobile, HTML5 and associated technologies and AR. In other sessions, there are discussions on OERs, Linked Data (or linked data) and the future of education and institutions, so its likely to be a pretty lively event!

Netskills seminars

I’ve started planning for a Netskills seminar series, in which invited speakers presenting from here or remotely (more likely) to an audience that is also here and/or remote (also more likely). A blended form of seminar. What we as service intend to offer to add value to these seminars is to build on the presentations with some remote activities/support. So, provide guidance materials to facilitate follow-up activities for remote participants, with support online from us and their peers. The aim being for us to be a bridge between the research/experts doing the presentations and the education community. I’m also looking into the possibility of ‘regional hubs’ for these events, where people could attend a local event to watch the stream and participate in facilitated activities – and of course have lunch and network!

UK copyright laws to be reviewed

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-11695416

To “make them fit for the internet age“, which may mean greater use of copyright material without need to seek the owner’s permission and possibly introducing the concept of ‘fair use’ as in the US. The report is due to be published in April 2011. It will be interesting to see how this addresses/redresses the issues introduced by the Digital Economy Bill and what resistance it meets with from certain industries and the support it gets from others.

Digital Storytelling

My colleague Chris Thomson has developed a new Netskills workshop on digital storytelling. I must admit, that’s not something I immediately thought I’d be interested in, but since participating in an internal pilot, I’m seeing lots of opportunities to which this approach would be effective. From the presentations I do, to screencasts I create and blog posts I write – as well as the stories I tell my kids (now soon to be available on YouTube ;-))

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