About Us

We run innovative web sites, usually supporting learning or research in universities, and we sometimes do interesting new development work that more people ought to know about. This blog enables us to share quick write-ups and to highlight things of interest in the wider community.

If you want to join this blog as a contributor, send your email address to m.l.poulter@bris.ac.uk

Martin Poulter

Working for: The Economics Network, part of the Institute for Learning and Research Technology

Working with: Perl, JavaScript, Apache::ASP, MySQL

Working on: Learning to use YUI and AJAX, hoping to make killer learning objects with canvas; hoping to make use of semantic web stuff such as FOAF.

Steve Richardson

Working for: I currently work for a European Commission funded project called ProFaNE (really!) and you can see my work at http://www.profane.eu.org/

Working with: I work almost exclusively with MAMP (Mac OS X, Apache, MySQL, PHP) but I do know one or two other things besides and am not too shy when it comes to media development etc… Almost everything you see on the ProFaNE site is a product of my efforts, no one else works on the site.

Gaby Vanhegan

Working for: Subject Centre for Philosophical and Religious Studies, based in Leeds, currently building their brand new website and CMS, as well as running their existing web services, hosting plaform and email.

Working with: I like design patterns, flexible data interchange formats, MVC structures, regex patterns and using the right tool for the job. I don’t like enormous DTD’s, the idea that one size fits all, cold weather, and having to manually populate metadata fields.

Paul Smith

Working for: I work half my time in the Internet Development group at the Institute for Learning and Research Technology (ILRT) at the University of Bristol. The other half is spent working for Intute where I look after the technical side of the Virtual Training Suite.

Working with: Some great people; Perl, Python, PHP, MySQL, Postgres, Oracle, Zope, Plone; I like Web standards, and under the influence of certain colleagues am beginning to enjoy being quite anal about coding ‘proper XHTML’, usability and accessibility issues, and web application security/integrity.

Suzanne Hardy

Working for: Higher Education Academy Subject Centre for Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Medicine, based at Newcastle University, where I am Senior Information Advisor, which involves looking after all of the ways we communicate with our constituency, including the website, printed communication, email stuff and encouraging people to interact with Web 2.0 technologies.

Working with: mySQL and Zope (on Apache) and a teeny tiny smattering of very bad Python. I am particularly interested in how people use technology to facilitate communities of practice. I dislike over-engineering and don’t understand logic (of which I am justifiably proud).

Phil Barker

Working for: ICBL at Heriot-Watt University on various projects, the HE Academy Engineering Subject Centre, and JISC CETIS.

Working with Metadata, repositories, interoperability standards, XML and a little bit of Perl (if I really really can’t get anyone else to do the programming for me).

Phil Cross

Terry McAndrew

Rob Pearce


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