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Frontiers of Javascript

Presented by Cameron Adams

Old Parliament House, Canberra

Tuesday 20th May 2008, 9:00am to 5:00pm

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Description

Cameron Adams PortraitJavaScript has been one of the fastest growing areas of web development in recent years, and the introduction of technologies such as Ajax have meant that it is allowing the investigation of whole new areas of interface development.

In this full day hands on workshop, Cameron Adams will share his love of playful code and explore the latest developments in the field of JavaScript and interface design. Bring your own laptop and by the end of the day you’ll be playing with the code like a master as well!

Who is this workshop for?

This workshop is designed for those with a strong grasp on the basics of JavaScript (particularly) and CSS. You should already have a working knowledge of:

  • modifying the DOM
  • the browser event model
  • making basic Ajax calls

It will also be interesting for those who wish to see the possibilities of interface design with a fully featured front-end toolkit.

What will you learn?

By the end of the day you will:

  • have a knowledge of the pros and cons of different libraries such as Prototype, jQuery and Dojo
  • understand the capabilities of interface frameworks such as Ext and Interface
  • be able to work with real-time data formats such as XML and JSON
  • create mashups using APIs
  • work with browser-native vector graphics (SVG/VML & Canvas)
  • pick up advanced code tips
  • understand why coding JavaScript is so darn fun!

The workshop will include numerous practical sessions (on your own laptop) where you will be able to apply some of the skills you have picked up during the day, with tips and immediate assistance from your host.

Social media and Government

Presented by Grant Young

Old Parliament House, Canberra

Tuesday 20th May 2008, 9:00am to 5:00pm

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Workshop notes

Description

Grant Young PortraitSocial media – blogs, wikis, social networking services, online communities, folksonomies/tagging, social search – are reshaping what citizens expect from government services. Areas of government, from health and policy development to tourism and the cultural sector, are all being asked to deliver better, more interactive, more citizen-centric, more engaging, and personalised online services.

What’s happening in your organisation?

The technologies for delivering these services are mature: the challenges here are not technical. Rather, the success of any program will be determined by making smart technology choices to produce creative and engaging social media experiences within which citizens can interact with your organisation.

This workshop will introduce some of the opportunities that citizens are already seizing with social media tools and look at some of the ways government agencies are beginning to experiment with these same tools. It will explore methods for developing a social media ‘strategy’, and how the success of a project can be measured.

Who is this workshop for?

This workshop is designed for marketing and communications managers, and web managers who are wanting to learn about the application of social media and Web 2.0 tools in government across service delivery, promotion and marketing. No prior knowledge is required and this workshop is not technically oriented.

What will you learn?

By the end of the day you will:

  • understand the breadth of social media
  • have a basic understanding of how to implement social media in particular campaigns
  • be ready to confront the challenges that social media poses to traditional organisational models
  • be prepared for meetings with senior management: able to cite specific successful examples of social media in government
  • be able to select the social media tools most appropriate to your overall communication and online strategies
  • understand different ways of measuring the ‘success’ of social media