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  I recently developed a new website for UCATT, the union for construction workers. Most of their members do not work at a desktop PC – so it was vital for the website to display well on smartphones. This is increasingly required for all websites, not just union sites. The biggest single change to website

The Climbing Frame App

Wednesday, 28 August 2013 by

A new addition to the world of trade union Apps has just been released. TUC unionlearn’s popular Climbing Frame website, an online service primarily aimed at Union Learning Reps, has been launched as an App. The App is another way of accessing the same information as on the website, allowing Union Learning Reps and other

The increase in the popularity of tablets and smartphones means that a growing proportion of website visitors are using these devices rather than traditional desktops or laptops. However, most websites are built for display on desktops, so people viewing them on smaller devices have to zoom in and out to read the content. Even worse,

Information can WikiLeaks out

Tuesday, 07 December 2010 by

Advances in technology have made it easier to collect and organise information than ever before. Companies like Google and Facebook store billions of details from websites and online accounts, and make good money from the services they provide to people. Governments have also been developing information-centric systems, from the laudable data.gov initiatives both in the

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

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

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