OUseful.Info, err, 2.0?

So I’ve changed blog engine and, err, moved the OUseful.info blog to here – https://ouseful.wordpress.com/ – for now, though the Feedburner feed is still the same: http://feeds.feedburner.com/ouseful, and http://ouseful.info/ should always point somewhere relevant… The old blog posts (that is, everything that used to dangle off http://blogs.open.ac.uk/Maths/ajh59) are all archived at http://ouseful.open.ac.uk/blogarchive, and links to … Continue reading “OUseful.Info, err, 2.0?”

Back from Behind Enemy Lines, Without Being Autodiscovered(?!)

Home again after a few very enjoyable days away at IWMW2008 in Aberdeen, and I feel like I need a way of saying thank you to the web managers’ community for allowing an academic in…heh heh ;-) So I spent half an hour or so (no… really…;-) on the train back from the airport putting … Continue reading “Back from Behind Enemy Lines, Without Being Autodiscovered(?!)”

UK HEI “Page Not Found” Error Pages

In Back from Behind Enemy Lines, Without Being Autodiscovered(?!), I described a simple service that displays the autodiscoverable RSS feeds from UK HEI homepages (it went down over the weekend as the screenscraping broke, but it’s back now and some of the ‘issues’ with some of the linkscraping has been fixed ;-) Over the weekend, … Continue reading “UK HEI “Page Not Found” Error Pages”

Google Insights for Search (on Youtube too…)

It seems that Google opened up a supercharged variant of Google Trends over the last week or two: Google Insights for Search. One useful feature the new service offers over the original trends service is the ability to compare the relative volumes for the same search term over several different time periods: It’s also possible … Continue reading “Google Insights for Search (on Youtube too…)”

Searching for Curriculum Development Course Insights

For almost as long as I can remember (?! e.g. Search Powered Predictions), I’ve had the gut feeling that one of the most useful indicators about the courses our students want to study is their search behaviour, both in terms of searches that drive (potential) students to the OU courses and qualifications website from organic … Continue reading “Searching for Curriculum Development Course Insights”

What’s On Open2…

Chatting with Stuart over a pint last week, he mentioned that the Open2 folks had started publishing a programme announcement feed on Twitter that lets you know when a TV programme the OU’s been involved with is about to be shown on one of the BBC channels: open2 programme announcements on Twitter. By subscribing to … Continue reading “What’s On Open2…”

Library Analytics (Part 7)

In the previous post in this series, I showed how it’s possible to identify traffic referred from particular course pages in the OU VLE, by creating a user defined variable that captured the complete (nasty) VLE referrer URL. Now I’m not definitely sure about this, but I think that the Library provides URLs to the … Continue reading “Library Analytics (Part 7)”

HTML Tables and the Data Web

Some time ago now, I wrote a post about progressive enhancement of HTML web pages, including some examples of how HTML data tables could be enhanced to provide graphical views of the data contained in them. I’m not sure if anyone is actively maintaining progressive enhancement browser extensions (I haven’t checked) but here are a … Continue reading “HTML Tables and the Data Web”