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A Re-conceptualisation of the Interpretive Flexibility of Information Technologies

23/10/2008 - 18:30
23/10/2008 - 21:00

Redressing the balance between the Social and the Technical

Professor Neil Doherty, Loughborough University

The University of the West of England, Frenchay Campus

Places limited booking required – Please email David Martyn

In coordination with the BCS Sociotechnical Group

Interpretive flexibility – the capacity of a specific technology to sustain divergent opinions – has long been recognised as playing an important role in explaining how technical artefacts are socially constructed.

What is less clear is how a system’s technical characteristics might limit its ability to be interpreted flexibly. This gap in the literature has largely arisen because recent contributions to this debate have tended to be rather one-sided, focussing almost solely upon the role of the human agent in shaping the technical artefact, and in so doing either downplaying or ignoring the artefact’s shaping potential.

Informing Digital Futures: Strategies for Citizen Engagement

09/10/2008 - 18:30
09/10/2008 - 21:00

Professor Leela Damodaran, Loughborough University

The University of the West of England, Frenchay Campus

Places limited booking required – Please email David Martin

In coordination with the BCS Sociotechnical Group

In the present digital revolution we often seem trapped in a Kafkaesque world of technological advances, some desired, some disliked or even feared, which we cannot influence but must accept. This talk discusses the urgent need to redress this situation. It will argue that technologies succeed or fail according to their relevance and value to people, who need to be actively engaged in order to create shared visions, and influence their implementation.

Using Open Source and Open Standards to Enable Transformational Government

30/09/2008 - 19:00
30/09/2008 - 21:00

The Hawthorns, Woodland Road, Clifton, Bristol

Transformational Government is intended to be an intensive, structural and fundamental change in the operational processes of Government bodies, enabled by the use of Information Systems & Technology in the back-office. It is expected to deliver major efficiency savings across the public sector without any further investment beyond existing budgets.

Bristol Knowledge Unconference

05/09/2008 - 14:00
05/09/2008 - 18:00

Location: eOffice Bristol, 1st Floor Prudential Buildings, 11-19 Wine Street Bristol, BS1 2PH.

Bristol Knowledge Unconference is an "Unconference" specifically about Knowledge.

The Bristol branch is supporting this first "Bristol Knowledge Unconference". The event will be themed around the general subject of Knowledge, which includes:

An Adventure in Technology

28/06/2008 - 10:30
28/06/2008 - 17:00

At the Trinity Arts Centre in Bristol

"An Adventure in Technology" will be a festival of free creativity for people from all technical spheres. We are hoping that visitors, both individuals and companies, will bring something of their own to show others, to play with, or turn up with nothing and create something on the day. Above all, we want people to just come along to enjoy the adventure.

Information Assurance

21/05/2008 - 19:00
21/05/2008 - 22:00

Hawthorns Hotel, Woodland Road, Clifton, Bristol.
Please display this Poster in your workplace.

The talk will be preceded by our branch AGM.

David Martin, CESG

What is Information Assurance, what would happen without it, how is it provided, by whom, and what is the role of CESG as the National Technical Authority for IA?

David Martin will help you understand IA, the threats to our IT systems and how CESG helps Government customers gain confidence in the security of their systems, coupled with the culture and philosophy changes that are required to adapt to the rapidly evolving IA environment and demands of our customers.

The Institute of Life Science at Swansea – the first year of partnership

15/04/2008 - 19:00
15/04/2008 - 22:00

Prestige Event

The Hawthorns, Woodland Road, Clifton, Bristol

This talk will be by Professor Marc Clement, PhD Wales , CEng, CPhysics, FIET, Chair of Innovation at UWS.

A new £50m investment in research at Swansea University, hosting one of the UK’s most powerful computers, is focused on discovering radical ways to treat disease and deliver health care.

Alternative Avionic Software architecture using IMA

19/03/2008 - 19:00
19/03/2008 - 21:00

Hawthorns Hotel, Woodland Road, Clifton, Bristol. Poster

Avionics systems and their associated software have traditionally been bespoke systems. With the advent of IMA (and other rigorously enforced software partitioned system) is it time to look at alternative architectures to lowers cost and improve system safety. This talk aims to discuss how alternative IMA based system architectures that can be used to these aims and improve system cohesivity.

Effective Project Risk Management – in the Real World

27/02/2008 - 19:00
27/02/2008 - 21:00

In 2006, Bryan challenged, informed and entertained us with his talk on “Perfect Project Risk Management”. This year, we have invited him to return with an updated talk on the same topic.

Risk management is a hardy perennial, and the bane of most projects. Few if any of us succeed in doing it well. Perhaps we know broadly how it should be done, but rarely get around to doing it consistently, due to other pressures. Bryan will certainly challenge that stance, and show us how effective risk management is both achievable in practice, and vital to the success of any project.

The Hawthorns, Woodland Road, Clifton, Bristol 7.00pm for 7.30pm Poster

Managing smaller projects: Tailored PRINCE or Emperor’s new clothes?

15/01/2008 - 19:00
15/01/2008 - 22:00

This talk will be by our own Don Southey.

Many of us find ourselves managing a modest-sized project, but how do you translate the theory into practice without a large budget?

Tips on how to make your methodology fit, without costing the earth, losing control, or promising what you can’t deliver.

The Hawthorns, Woodland Road, Clifton, Bristol Poster

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