**apologies for cross posting**

Beyond 2000 - the information challenges
an opportunity for information professionals to be informed on the
latest key developments in:

information on the web
information for collaboration
information frameworks

Thursday 26th November 1998

a joint conference run by Kingston University and TFPL Ltd.

This intensive one-day conference will provide an update on key
developments pertinent to a broad range of information professionals.
These latest developments in information management will be examined in
terms of the practical implications and new opportunities that they
offer to deploy information for business benefit.  This event has been
organised by the School of Information Systems at Kingston University
and TFPL, bringing together a cross-section of business and academic
speakers who have been involved in various consultancy and research
projects in information management. 

Who should attend:

Information specialists and consultants
Knowledge workers 
Business analysts and managers
IS/IT managers and strategists 

and all those who need an understanding of the current and future
developments and key issues in information management


coffee and registration

Introduction by Chair - Brian Saxby, Head, School of Information
Systems, Kingston University

Information on the web
Designing a successful web business
Professor Jonathan Briggs, Kingston University/Points Digital

The business potential of the Web has been the focus of both business
interest and academic research.  It is now clear that successful Web
business is more than just designing interesting web pages.  Design
considerations need to include the integration with existing information
systems. The speaker considers the issues in terms of both current web
technologies and in terms of developments such as WebTV.

The promise of XML
Peter Kibby, TFPL Ltd.
W3C adopted the XML (eXtensible Markup Language) standard earlier this
and most major vendors are developing XML products. XML brings a much
descriptive foundation to online documents and some applications (for
e.g. search engines and agents) will benefit from the structured
definitions it provides. Does this promise to be the end of the borders
in data management?


Developing an industrial-strength Internet
Martin White, TFPL Ltd.

This presentation will review the issues around creating a stable and
extensible Internet which will not only provide enhanced levels of
access to the www to business and academic users, but also stimulate
access by users in small businesses and those working at home.  Among
the topics that will be covered will be the impact of internet telephony
on backbone networks, the development of Internet 2 in the USA, mobile
and satellite access to the Internet, pricing strategies and the future
for ISPs.

Information for collaboration

Knowledge management: hype or reality?
Nigel Oxbrow, TFPL Ltd.

What are the key principles of knowledge management?  Where is it being
implemented - and how?  What are the potential benefits?  What are the
main challenges?  What are the skills required to successfully implement
and support a knowledge environment?


Sharing information in cross team collaboration
Bob Roberts, Senior Lecturer, Kingston University

Intranets have provided a low cost medium for information sharing.
Increasingly the emphasis is on collaboration between multi-disciplinary
teams and between organisation.  Recent research is used to  consider
the business issues, the concerns of end users and the continuing
challenges of using differing technologies, platforms and applications
for collaboration.

Information frameworks

Unified modelling language
Dr Mike Goodland, Senior Lecturer, Kingston University
UML is now an accepted standard for modelling object oriented systems
and it seems likely that UML notation and terminology will come to
dominate the world of analysis and design.  UML is the basis for many
support tools and the speaker will address recent developments and
introduce the core models used.


The human element in projects: soft risk analysis
Dr Roger Stewart, Reader in Systems Management, Kingston University
Analysis of projects indicate that better risk management of human
elements will significantly enhance the chances of success.
Quantitative risk identification and evaluation techniques are well
established.  A qualitative framework is proposed, developed from
systems theory and behavioural/organisational psychology, to identify
potential people problems and associated risks, evaluate the project
impact and to develop appropriate action plans.

Words don't add up
John Lindsay, Reader in Information Systems, Kingston University

A discussion on the difference between computation and its role in
information systems design and text -words joined up into sentences.
John contrasts the different approaches and suggests you cannot compute
with words in the same ways you can with logic.  Document management is
not the same thing as information management.

Summary and close
Brian Saxby, Head, School of Information Systems, Kingston University

Booking Form

please copy and return by fax/post to TFPL, 17-18 Britton Street, London
fax 0171 490 4984

Beyond 2000 - the information challenges
November 26th 1998

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Kingston alumni rate   		130
Non-Kingston alumni rate 	150
I am a Kingston alumni
This fee includes a two-course hot lunch, teas and coffees throughout
the day and a set of conference proceedings

An administration fee of 50 (+VAT) will be charged for any
cancellation.  No refund will be made for non-attendance or cancellation
within the last three working days prior to the conference.

Enquiries:  Rebecca Giokaris at TFPL, 17-18 Britton Street, London EC1M
e-mail [log in to unmask]
tel. 0171 251 5522
fax 0171 490 4984

JONATHAN BRIGGS  is Professor of New Media Design within the School of
Information Systems at Kingston University.  He divides his time between
teaching and research projects that explore the applications of internet
technologies and multimedia within business and education.  He
the University in Point Digital, a joint venture between Kingston, AZTEC
and Business Link London SW, that supports businesses in the new media
economy in the region. Jonathan holds directorships of the OTHER media
and Hyper Island, an experimental university college in SE Sweden.

MIKE GOODLAND has been a  consultant, academic, author, practitioner,
and lecturer on systems development methods for 15+ years. His recent
interest has been in the migration t0 object-oriented approaches to
analysis and design and the emergence of the Unified Modeling Language
as a standard for
all specifications.

PETER KIBBY joined TFPL as a Consultant in 1995 with a wide-range of
experience in print and electronic publishing and in-depth knowledge of
database and indexing software. He works on the intranet and internet
delivery of business information, classification and indexing schemes,
software documentation, database design and specification and
integrating access to databases via web browsers. He also runs training
courses on the exploitation of the Internet (including HTML authoring
and site design), and runs workshops on advances in electronic

JOHN LINDSAY is Reader in Information Systems design at Kingston
University.  He has been involved for thirty years in the political
economy of new information technologies in particular concentrating on
the role of text as human expression and organisation.  In order to
compare with something completely different, he has now become
fascinated by public transport timetables.

NIGEL OXBROW has over twenty years' experience of the information
including twelve years helping to develop a successful international
document supply and publishing business, and then in 1987 launching TFPL
Ltd as an independent company providing a range of professional services
for the information market.  In the early 1980s he founded the City
Information Group, he was Chairman of EUSIDIC - the European Association
of Information Services - in 1994, a member of the UK Government's
Library and Information Services Council for five years, and is
currently a Director of the Business and Finance Division of the Special
Libraries Association in the US, and Vice President of the Institute of
Information Scientists.

BOB ROBERTS is a Senior Lecturer within the School of Information
Systems at Kingston University. Research interests are focused on the
use of Electronic Commerce to support information sharing within and
between organisations. Research and consultancy activities cover a range
of Electronic Commerce projects in the telecoms, health and construction
sectors. Before joining Kingston University Bob worked for G E
Information Services and before that for BT.

ROGER STEWART is Reader in Systems Management within the School of
Information Systems at Kingston University. Over a period of years he
has been researching into the areas of organisational change and team
behaviour which has involved him in active research with a number of
organisations. Recent research has also included the application of
systems methodologies in IS design and risk analysis. Before joining
Kingston University Roger worked for Bull Information Systems.

MARTIN WHITE is Principal Consultant with TFPL Ltd.  Martin has over 25
years' experience as an information scientist, working both as an
information manager and as a consultant to companies in the business
information industry.   He has been monitoring developments in
telecommunications networks for over a decade as a senior consultant at
International Data Corporation and Logica.  At TFPL he advises
information industry clients on electronic distribution and marketing

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