Bruce Darby

Project Manager
Bruce started in the University Website Programme in March 2013 as Product Owner of the project to build a new Content Management System for the University website. He continues to work in this role for the future development of our CMS EdWeb.

Recent posts by Bruce Darby


Apr
2
2018

An event to promote the University

Our latest development brings dynamic lists and calendar views of events to our Content Management System EdWeb. It’s one of a number of steps being taken to help promote what’s on around the University, but also as a way of showcasing the excellent quality and diversity of events to both prospective staff and students around the world.

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Mar
1
2018

Digital Transformation and the f-word

The Digital Transformation 2018 conference organised by DIGIT, Scotland’s largest independent business technology community, took place at Dynamic Earth with 270 delegates braving the weather to listen to speakers from across the sector. Talks focused on key trends like responding to change and making transformation fun before finally ending up with the f-word – failure.

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Dec
4
2017

You said this. We did that. Prioritising development in EdWeb

In May 2016 we launched a survey to invite participation from everyone who uses EdWeb CMS, or plays a part in the management of websites delivered through EdWeb. Participants had 5 votes to pick functionality that was most important or critical to them. We used the results to help us prioritise the development work for EdWeb.

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Nov
10
2017

Continuous collaboration

A number of staff from around the University have just been to the Drupal conference DrupalCon. I had the great experience of giving a presentation about collaborative development with Tim Gray from the IS Applications division. Shortly after our return from the conference we were able to continue the collaboration theme with our 4th EdWeb development code sprint.

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Sep
4
2017

Get a site health check with Snapshot – the new site analysis tool

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Snapshot is an audit tool that allows EdWeb editors and site managers to monitor and evaluate some key areas of their EdWeb site. Entering a URL will bring back an overview of the site, the site structure, how long ago the pages were edited and whether the site potentially uses any data gathering techniques that could be viewed as privacy invasive.

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May
9
2017

Celebrating a year of staff and student profiles with another EdWeb update

We have a number of significant updates for EdWeb that we are releasing together and deploying all at the same time. It’s been quite a while since our last deployment so we are bundling together a number of enhancements to the Profile content type including better support for PhD students, as well as our new flexible JavaScript and web application support and a set of core and module updates that complete the picture.
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Mar
30
2017

Our third EdWeb development code sprint

We have created, and continue to explore, an open system whereby developers from all over the University can write and contribute code adding new functionality to the software that runs the University website benefiting the whole University. With our third EdWeb code sprint completed the process now feels properly established. This is part of a very successful collaboration between two teams within Information Services: Applications and Website and Communications.

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Nov
15
2016

Our second collaborative code sprint

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To deliver our vision of encouraging and supporting a culture of innovation and creative problem solving we have successfully run two code sprints where developers have come together for a day to work on fixes and enhancements for EdWeb. We brought together our expertise and enthusiasm to work on a list of requirements gathered from our publishing community. Why not join the community and get involved? This is part of a very successful collaboration between two teams within Information Services: Applications and UWP and with developers from all around the University.

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