Social networking has been a major part of the rise of ‘Web 2.0’, a phrase coined to represent the move towards greater information sharing and collaboration on the internet. While MySpace, Twitter, Linkedin and others have played their part, Facebook dominates social networking. As of July, 500 million people around the world use Facebook actively.As

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Climbing frame website launched

Thursday, 19 August 2010 by

Union Learning Reps (ULR) play an increasingly important role in the workplace, and a new tool has been launched to help them – the web based Climbing Frame. This website combines learning content with a mechanism to manage the progress of learners. The system replaces a previous version that had to be installed on individual

Gathering around the ‘Hearth’

Wednesday, 07 July 2010 by

The NUT used to communicate with lay officers across England and Wales via post and phone. The Union saw how this could be improved by utilising technology to do things more quickly, cheaply and effectively. The result is ‘Hearth’, an online community and resource centre that has transformed communication between the union, its officers, staff

Increasingly, people are spending more time on their phone checking email than they do making calls. Mobile devices are one of the fastest moving areas of technology, and there is a bewildering choice of handsets now available. The Blackberry has been dominant amongst business users for years, with the iPhone the established choice for the

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The web is huge, and it’s growing all the time. There’s a lot of useful information out there, as well as a lot of junk. But how can you find what you want? That’s where search engines come in. Internet search engines have been around since 1990, when ‘Archie’ was first created by Alan Emtage.

The increasing importance of the media has been a feature of recent general elections. This next election is no exception, but one thing that has changed is the emphasis on online campaigning. The Obama campaign was much heralded for clever use of online strategy. Some of this was hype though – the failed Democrat nominee

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A look at data.gov.uk

Wednesday, 10 March 2010 by

In January, the government launched a new website aimed at making government information more accessible across the web. Inspired by a similar US website launched by the Obama administration, data.gov.uk provides free and easy access to large amounts of official data. The idea is that companies and organisations can use this information in new and

The Prospect library

Sunday, 21 February 2010 by

When Unions first started using the web, documents such as magazines, newsletters and circulars were loaded onto Union websites, usually on an ad hoc basis. In addition, there was a centralised system for storing items like publications, circulars and minutes. Intranets were yet another repository. This expansion has caused problems. Some collections would be the

Union Island closes down

Sunday, 14 February 2010 by

This week Union Island closed down. If you’re wondering what Union Island was, it existed in the online virtual world called Second Life. Despite the mainstream media preoccupation with virtual weddings and real life divorces, Second Life is big business. Its economy grew by 65% in 2009, to a total of $567 million. Second Life

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Welcome to my blog

Saturday, 13 February 2010 by

Welcome to my new blog and my new website. I have just finished setting up this site, which I built using the Joomla!content management system and open source technologies like PHP and MySQL. This website hosts my blog. I’m using this blog to discuss the latest developments in the world of websites, information architecture, usability and

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