A National Interest in the UCB’s Web Project

Recently, the project leaders Henrik Carlsson (left) and Patrik Hedberg (right) presented the NyWebb Project at an event with the theme “Workplace of the Future” in Stockholm, to WM-Data’s biggest customers. Among the invited customers were the Swedish Tax Authorities, Vattenfall and several municipalities.

“We were invited by WM-Data to discuss our concept and the workplace of the future”, says Henrik Carlsson. Microsoft were also invited, along with their customer Nacka kommun (municipality), who talked about their development of a citizen’s web.

Innovative Concept

”The interest in the NyWebb Project in Borås is great”, Henrik Carlsson says.

“A lot of people are getting in touch with us and want to know more about the design of our concept. Among those interest we find Blekinge Technical College, Chalmers, WM-Data and IBM etc.”

Why is it attracting so much attention?

”What I believe others find interesting is the fact that we assume a holistic approach, which means that we perceive the web and the portal as one unit rather than as separate units. We see the information an information service in a portal where there are also other services. What others find special and want to know more about is how we have considered using social and collaborative networks to create conditions for innovations between staff, students and other interested parties”, Henrik Carlsson explains and adds: “What is also unique to us, when it comes to the portal, is that we are the first University College in the country that will be using IBM WebSphere.” He explains that WebSphere is the leading platform for portals today, according to Gartner analysis company.

Workshop with IBM’s Developers

Something that signals that the NyWebb Project stirs interest is a workshop that will take place, and include people from the University College, from WM-Data and from IBM’s research centre in the USA. “Five years ago it was inconceivable that a client would join IBM’s developers in a workshop, but we will host such a workshop”, says Henrik Carlsson.

The Largest Web Project So Far

The NyWebb Project is the largest and most revolutionising web project in the history of the University College. The web has been redesigned in the past, but never before has the change been so profound.

“I believe we are unique in reaching a decision about a strategic platform and a project with as much innovation as is the case here”, says Henrik Carlsson, also mentioning that the departments and units at the University College are in the midst of a migration, where information from the “old” website is being transferred, or migrated, to the new website.

“A lot of work is dedicated to getting rid of information that isn’t necessary, and transferring the rest. With the new website the focus is turned towards information for editors. It is all about publishing with information quality”, states Henrik Carlsson.

New Work Methods for the Staff and the Students

In the middle of March of 2008 the new public web will be launched. After that work with introducing functionality in the new portal is assumed, for the purpose of creating conditions for new work methods for the staff and the students at the UCB.

“Web based social networks will become more important to companies and organisations in the future”, Henrik Carlsson predicts and explains why he believes so:

“In social networks everybody contributes to the contents. It is about sharing information, experiences and knowledge so that others can take advantage of it.”

The Limit is Set Only by the Imagination

Facebook, well covered in the media of late, is an example of a web based social network. Wikipedia is another.

“Our concept is based on the same basic idea, everybody contributing to the contents, sharing information and the possibility of creating virtual work spaces”, he explains.

“The limit to what can come of social networks is set only by the imagination”, Henrik Carlsson explains and exemplifies what can be done:

“Forming groups into work spaces and working virtually is quick and easy, regardless of where the members of the group are geographically. Through the common work space created, access to joint documents is quick. Time is saved through changes being made right there, in the uploaded document. There is no longer need for mailing the latest update to everyone involved; everybody can access the same document everywhere. There is also traceability, determining what group members have done, which is convenient when it comes to documenting change history. A work space can also be used by the staff for internal communication within a department, like an intraweb.”