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February 04, 2008

"The Great Debate" at IWMW

This year at IWMW - the Institutional Web Managers Workshop - the theme is the "Great Debate", focussing on the discussion of outsourcing and third-party services. This is a much bigger deal than it may sound, as this is also the institutional IT response to the PLE challenge.

As Brian Kelly puts it: "Can externally hosted services, as some suggest, replace some of the services currently provided in-house or is such out-sourcing dangerous for institutions, placing a reliance on unproven technologies and unsustainable business models?"

So expect a fair amount of discussion of cloud computing, I reckon.

The deadline for submissions is the end of this month; check out Brian's blog post for more details.

I still haven't got a great idea for something to contribute beyond what I've already previously written, so I guess I'll be a punter at this one and see what I can learn.

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