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About Us

Brookes Computer Services specialised in modest websites for small academic conferences, research projects and organisations. This information is for historical interest as the owner has now retired.

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 abstracts to be received
  2. The second call for papers with more details of topics if required plus some more detailed venue and hotel information, a 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.