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Brookes Computer Services specialise in modest websites for small academic conferences, research projects and organisations.

These are not commercial sites and normally have very small budgets. For future projects, open source software is preferred, such as Joomla or WordPress, as these both provide the conference organisers with the option to edit and update their own content after the initial phases.

Services offered:

  • Web site creation and hosting
  • Creation of Conference CDs – normally using Adobe Acrobat to ensure content is available on all platforms.
  • IT support at the venue – ensuring the conference presentations run smoothly.
  • IT support/advice for small organisations and consultancies. For customers who wish to use the Joomla or WordPress open source software.
  • E-learning consultancy – for customers who wish to install and use the Moodle open source e-learning environment.

Development of Typical Conference Web Sites

In this type of project, the typical site goes through several iterations over a one to two year period:

  1. The initial call for papers with details likely themes or topics, and preliminary information about the venue and location. Dates for abstracrs to be received
  2. A second call for papers with more details of topics if required plus some more detailed venue and hotel information, tentative social programme for delegates and accompanying persons. More important dates for final papers and registration. Templates for papers if required.
  3. A preliminary programme based on the papers offered.
  4. Pre conference information – detailed programme, hotel discount information, travel arrangements, social programme, etc.
  5. Post conference report, links to future events, if applicable.

Unlike commercial websites, these sites are normally fairly short-lived, two to four years and then they are archived.

The owner has over 40 years experience in computing and has degrees in both Mathematics and Computer Graphics. She has worked in UK Universities in scientific programming support during the 1970′s, then later, as a lecturer in computing and mathematics as well as more recently researching into e-learning and mathematical dialogues in online learning environments.
It addition, she has run her own specialist consultancy which offers support to small organisations and consultancies initially creating bespoke scientific software and more recently supporting conferences and e-learning project.