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This page contains links to files that you can download to accompany the Winter School presentations for the following years:

2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001

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WINTER SCHOOL 2008 - "Information and Knowledge Management"

A series of evening seminars investigating data, information, knowledge and metadata.

Session 1: "Information, data and metadata: why they need to be managed" - Keith Gordon, author of Principles of Data Management

  • Why the interest in information?
  • Information v data
  • Data v metadata
  • Why we need to manage data
  • What is data management?
  • Current data management themes

To download the slides shown in this presentation click here (1.53MB .PDF file). (get viewer)

Session 2: "Knowledge management implementation problems, and how to overcome them" - Ray Dawson, Loughborough University

  • Why worry about Knowledge Management?
  • So what is Knowledge Management?
  • 10 problem situations
  • Knowledege Management case study
  • A 12-step solution methodology for KM
  • Knowledge Management exercise

To download the slides shown in this presentation click here (1.50MB PowerPoint presentation). (get viewer)

Session 3: "Tools for Knowlege and Information management" - Bob Bater, Infoplex Associates

  • The tacit-implicit-tacit cycle
  • Eight KM/IM processes
  • Tools for DEFINING knowledge and information
  • Tools for DESCRIBING knowledge and information
  • Tools for DISCOVERING and DELIVERING knowledge and information
  • Personal knowledge management

To download the slides shown in this presentation (with screenshots of tools demonstrated) click here (6.8MB .PDF file - large!). (get viewer)

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WINTER SCHOOL 2007 - "Web 2.0 – Developing Next-Generation Web Applications"

A series of evening seminars investigating new Web development techniques.

Session 1: "Make Your Web-Site Shine with AJAX" - Andy Boura, Reuters Transactions Group

  • Problems with conventional web applications
  • Examples of categories of problems AJAX is well suited to address
  • The technology that drives it (worked example)
  • Potential pitfalls for the unwary

This presentation is not available to download.

Session 2: "Introduction to Google APIs" - Chris Bates, Sheffield Hallam University

  • What are Google APIs?
  • Some popular applications using Google APIs
  • Google API Frameworks
  • An example application
  • Future developments

To download the slides shown in this presentation click here (134kB PowerPoint presentation). (get viewer)

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WINTER SCHOOL 2006 - "21st Century Project Management"

A series of evening seminars exploring current and future trends in Project, Programme and Service management.

Seminar A: "Introducing Agile Processes into Waterfall Organizations" - Chris Cooper-Bland, Endava

  • History of development methodologies
  • What is "agile"?
  • What makes organisations waterfall?
  • Changing the process
  • Changing the organisation
  • What works (and what doesn't)

To download the slides shown in this presentation click here (1.0MB PowerPoint presentation). (get viewer)

Seminar B: "ISO 20000 and ITIL" - Steve Pratt, Afiniti

  • What is IT Service Management?
  • What is ITIL? What is ISO 20000?
  • Structure of ISO 20000
  • ISO 20000 certification
  • Alignment of ISO 20000 and ITIL
  • Benefits of implementing ISO 20000

To download the slides shown in this presentation click here (783kB PowerPoint presentation). (get viewer)
Steve says he is happy to answer any questions relating to his presentation. He can be contacted by e-mail at steve.pratt@afiniti.co.uk.

Seminar C: "Emerging Skills, Aptitudes and Expectations for Project Managers" - Don Southey, Computacentre

  • Projects: the old way/the hard way
  • Project Management as a specialism; change
  • Convergence (but not simplification); more people-centric
  • Doing more with less; moving Up the food chain
  • Governance; the matrix
  • Accountability; complexity and dynamism

To download the slides shown in this presentation click here (1.1MB PowerPoint presentation). (get viewer)

Seminar D: "Future Trends in IT Programme Management" - Geoff Reiss, Program Management Group

  • Project Management vs. Programme Management
  • Current initiatives
  • Organisational models
  • Project Portfolio Management - delivering capabilities; reaping benefits
  • Governance & management standards
  • The Programme Office

To download the slides shown in this presentation click here (2.3MB PowerPoint presentation). (get viewer)

Seminar E: "Critical Chain Project Management" - Steven Wray, Wray Associates

  • "Normal" project management practice – the estimating dilemma
  • A different approach
  • The planning phase – aggregating contingency
  • The execution phase – "Roadrunner" approach
  • Measures & management – corrective action
  • Multi-project pipelines

To download the slides shown in this presentation click here (414kB PowerPoint presentation). (get viewer)

Seminar F: "IT Service Excellence – Redefining the Boundaries" - David Miller, ITDYNAMICS

  • The perception gap
  • What is IT Service Excellence?
  • The Service Excellence Model
  • The assessment framework
  • Agility through innovation and flexibility
  • Key processes

David's new book, containing updated information on the topics covered in his lecture, will be published soon.

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WINTER SCHOOL 2005 - "Reading the Runes or Riding the Tiger: What is your IT future?"

A series of evening seminars dedicated to exploring the likely direction of IT working environments and providing insights into how IT professionals can attempt to up-skill for the future.

Session 1: "Outsourcing and Security – Two Growth Areas of Skills Development for IT Professionals" - John Walker, Experian.

  • SPAM (& spIM), SpyWare & Phishing
  • Legislation
  • Inexpensive Security
  • Security Testing
  • What Next; The Future of IT Security
  • Outsourcing and Security

To download the slides shown in this presentation click here (1.6MB PowerPoint presentation). (get viewer)

Session 2: "Offshoring and the UK's IT Profession – challenge or opportunity?" - Elizabeth Sparrow, Author and Consultant.

  • IT Service Globalisation
  • Impact on Britain's IT Workforce
  • Impact on Britain's Trade
  • Building on Our Competitive Strengths
  • Career Development & Training
  • Helping Those Displaced by Offshoring

To download the slides shown in this presentation click here (479kB PowerPoint presentation). (get viewer)

Session 3: "Future-Proofing Your Career – Tools for IT Professionals" - Roy Shepherd, British Computer Society.

To download a short summary of the topics covered in this presentation click here (98kB Word document).

BCS members: access the career development tools by logging in to the BCS web-site.

Not a member? Find out all about becoming a member of the BCS here.

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WINTER SCHOOL 2004 - "Big Brother, Cybercrime, Risk and Insecurity"

A series of 3 lectures exploring the key threats and possibilities awaiting all of us as we use systems and the internet in greater numbers.

Session 1: "Security – Who is in charge? – The users? Or the system?" - Willie List, Gamma Secure Systems Ltd.

  • Old and New Threats
  • Internal Control and Corporate Governance
  • Types of Risk and Fundamentals of Controls
  • Risk Treatment Plans
  • Overview of the 7799 Standards
  • Fast Track ISMS

To download the slides shown in this presentation click here (1.0MB .PDF file). (get viewer)

Further details supporting the concepts in his paper can be found at www.gammassl.co.uk/topics/time/index.html together with other material relating to Internal Control.

Session 2: "Lighting Up the Dark Side of the Web" - Colin Rose, Quarter Past Five Ltd.

  • Users; who would have them? What would you do without them?
  • The Dark Side of the Web: Pornography, Fraud, Viruses, Hacking, etc.
  • Cyber Warfare
  • Steganography
  • Confidentiality
  • Virus Creation

To download the slides shown in this presentation click here (887kB Powerpoint presentation). (get viewer)

Session 3: "Cyberworld Security – What Price Must We Pay?" - Professor Fred Piper, Royal Holloway, University of London.

  • What is Information Security?
  • Cryptography and Ciphers
  • Regulatory Powers and Human Rights
  • Identity Fraud
  • Digital Signatures
  • Biometrics

To download the slides shown in this presentation click here (984kB Powerpoint presentation). (get viewer)

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WINTER SCHOOL 2003 - "Open Source - Power to the People"

A series of 3 lectures exploring Open Source. What it is and what it can (and can't) do. There will be a strong emphasis on practical use and examples of success.

Session 1: "The Open Source Revolution" - Tim Anderson, a freelance IT journalist

  • Overview of the Open Source Movement
  • How it is changing the software industry
  • How companies can succeed by giving away their code
  • Does opening up software make it more or less secure?
  • Open source vs. Free software

For information on this presentation go to Tim's web-site.

Session 2: "Open Source - The Provider's Perspective" - Glyn Normington & Mark Hindess, IBM UK.

  • Open Source licences and licence restrictions
  • Examples of Open Source development organisations and structures
  • Why contribute to Open Source?
  • Tools for Open Source developments
  • Issues

To download the slides shown in this presentation click here (365kB .PDF file). (get viewer)

Session 3: "Moving Towards Open Source" - Mike Storey, Nexus Secured Communications.

  • A brief history of MEMO and NEON
  • Why move to Linux?
  • How should Nexus move to Open Source?
  • Cross-platform support

To download the slides shown in this presentation click here (579kB .ZIP file containing a Powerpoint presentation). (get viewer)

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WINTER SCHOOL 2002 - ".Net - The Way Ahead?"

A series of lectures exploring .Net as a creative tool. What it is and what it can (and can't) do. These lectures tackle basic questions dealing with .Net as an enabling technology, with a strong emphasis on practical examples.

Session 1 - "Investigating .Net: how is Microsoft replacing COM and Win32" - Tim Anderson, freelance IT journalist

  • What .net is and how it works
  • Microsoft's Answer to Java?
  • A new framework that is secure, component based, garbage collected, XML oriented, and equally well suited to Web and rich-client development.
  • The problems.

For information on this presentation go to Tim's web-site.

Session 2 - "Visual Modelling with XDE" - Tony Grout, FMI Solutions

  • Full lifecycle software development solution
  • XDE: a visual modelling product targeted to the .net and IBM WSAD community
  • For .Net, how XDE provides a UML based visual modelling capability within the .Net shell

To download this presentation click here (1.0MB .PDF file). (get viewer)

Session 3 - "This is the Future" - Simon Davies, Microsoft

  • How is .net technology being used in the real world?
  • How is it expected to be used?
  • The expectations of future technology in this area

To download this presentation click here (1.7MB .ZIP file containing a Powerpoint presentation). (get viewer)

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WINTER SCHOOL 2001 - "XML - Cutting Through the Hype"

A series of 3 lectures exploring XML. What it is and what it can (and can't) do. These lectures tackle basic questions dealing with XML as an embracing technology, with a strong emphasis on practical examples demonstrations.

Session 1 - "Just what is XML and how did it happen?" - Professor David Brailsford, University of Nottingham

  • How it all started – SGML. How it took off – HTML
  • Web browser problems with HTML – why it can look very different in IE and Netscape!
  • How to build in 'extensibility' to HTML. XML to the rescue - cleanup of HTML into XHTML
  • Applications of XML e.g. SVG, Xlink, MathML etc

To download this presentation click here (120kB .PDF file). (get viewer)
This contains an enhanced version of the slides shown during the lecture.

Session 2 - "Developing with XML" - Dr Roger Stone, Loughborough University

  • Styling XML with CCS (Cascading Style Sheets) and XSL (Extensible Stylesheet Language)
  • HTML muddles content and markup. XML separates content from markup.
  • But XML is still just content. Markup comes from elsewhere
  • This lecture (using live examples) examines 2 methods to markup XML: CCS and XSL.

To information on this presentation go to Dr Stone's web-site (warning: the site certificate is not certified and may cause errors in your eb browser).

Session 3 - "XML: Implementation Issues & Technologies" - Dr Tim Brailsford, University of Nottingham

  • How to implement XML information architectures for the web
  • What are the merits/drawbacks of client side processing, server side processing and off-line pre-processing.
  • Demonstration of practical example of an XML infrastructure + case study
  • How to integrate databases with XML documents

To view information on this presentation go to Dr Brailsford's web-site.

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