Since the Paypal buttons are such an important part of getting folks to cough up, it’s imperative they behave as users might expect a link to. However the default buttons don’t change when you hover over them which, being the meticulous/analy-retentive guy that I am, I simply had to resolve. Continue reading
Imagine a future where we find ourselves without a written record of the past; a ‘digital dark age’. Because just as digital content is easy to create it is as easy to lose. So where we ruthlessly delete content that doesn’t get used, if we don’t ensure the right information gets stored for the future we may find ourselves unable to learn from our successes and follies.
Why do you need an archiving policy for your intranet? Because your intranet can harvest organizational knowledge for times when your firm’s culture needs affirmation. And because information of all different types can fulfill a yearning for knowledge, the content on your intranet now is bound to have value in the future.
Late last week I met with Harold Jarche, who was one of the closing speakers at the Learning Technologies Summer Forum. One of the opening speakers, Steve Wheeler was also at the hotel and joined us for the first hour. We had a wide-ranging discussion that had implications for a number of knowledge management issues. Some highlights: Continue reading
Gamification is often used in social web applications to make use of people’s desire for competition, status, achievement and altruism by giving rewards to participants. Rewards might include points, badges or levels, the filling of a progress bar, ratings, or highlighting accomplishments via leader boards. I’ve certainly been motivated once or twice to get myself ‘up’ there.
However there is a lot of hype out there pushing gamification as the big thing to drive people’s adoption of social business platforms. I have no doubt that it will motivate many people to interact with the system and generate higher pageviews and more ‘activity’ on the site. Continue reading
I believe your intranet can help staff find the information they are likely to need faster. It can be the popular, respected and well used digital library that your staff expect it to be. But according to CMSWire, in a recent survey of over 20,000 employees from 67 organizations, this is not often the case: Continue reading
One of the abiding concerns of records managers is how to manage emails. Theoretically it is simple; they should be managed as you would other records. Practically, however, the situation is fraught with complexity Continue reading
Normally when we work on an intranet it is to provide direct business benefits; to find effective and efficient ways to improve company profits. “Let’s publish more brochures to help win work” or “Let’s do a round of health and safety awareness to limit our liability”. Studies abound, however, linking employee satisfaction with an improved financial bottom line. Continue reading
Developing ways to help people find information has always been a popular job; and when the internet arrived search took on a whole new meaning. But one area that has never been popular with users is the ‘advanced search’ page. Enter the ‘Search Matrix’. Continue reading
Communities of practice often grow organically from a forum to needing a website to store relevant information on to a full blown site riddled with features. As this occurs it can gradually lead to a diaspora of resources across a variety of platforms as new functionality requirements – document storage, webpage editing, calendar functionality, search and so on – become apparent. Nip this potential in the bud now by setting your community up on a single site that supports the following headings… Continue reading
It`s a digital age and almost all our data is kept on devices such as computers. However, if your computer breaks down and you haven`t backed up your information you could find yourself in trouble. Most of us have created a document at some point, only to lose it due to corrupted files, computer glitches and broken storage devices. This is so common that millions of pieces of important data are lost this way every year.
Staying safe on the internet can be a worry. Viruses and malware can inadvertently appear or be clicked on, and you won’t necessarily know what is out there unless your virus detection software picks up on it. It is even worse when you have children to consider, because the content on a website won’t necessarily be appropriate for them. Continue reading
In today’s ‘information age’ we’re often confronted with a variety of content types – Open Office, MS Word, PDFs, scanned images even. Increasingly however the webpage is becoming the content type of choice. And for good reasons over and above other formats. Web pages: Continue reading
In my previous post I dealt with a fundamental difference between records management and the Web 2.0 environment – namely hierarchical classification vs tagging. I posited that EDRMS providers will have to take this, as well as other Web 2.0 functionality, into consideration when building their systems for the future. Steve Bailey has prompted this post’s structure by asking a number of questions in the comments field of that post. Let’s look at them in turn: Continue reading
Ever since Euan Semple inveighed with his keynote speech at the RMS Conference in April on the potential of user-controlled electronic content management systems – Digg, Flickr, Del.icio.us, Google Docs, Blogging, Discussion Forums, Web 2.0, and all that internet schnazz I’d be lost without – there’s been a right hoo-har about the relevance of electronic document and records management systems – those systems that are controlled centrally in organisations and generally by a group of experts who control user behaviour consisting at least in part by a records manager. Continue reading
Sure, content is king, but without some hip design features, you’re headed for the dustbin of Web 1.0. Read on, reader, to find links to the best selection of themes, an easy to use generator to customise your own theme and instructions on how to make that theme work on your site.