Michael Nolan, Edge Hill University has (to date!)  submitted three entries to the IWMW 2007 innovation competition. And not only does he does this development work he also has a blog and contributes to the Web Services team blog at Edge Hill University.

Michael first submission is a “How To Find Us” service which uses Google Maps to locate the various campuses at Edge Hill University.

His second submission builds on the experiences gained with the first submission. The example integrates with the backend user system to allow users to store their own location using the Google Geocoder to help them find their location more easily.

The third submission enhances the services provided to support the IWMW 2007  event by aggregating the various RSS feeds associated with the event.

Michael’s first two submissions illustrate, I feel, the type of service which all our institutions  would benefit from exploring. We all need to provide location services for our institutions – and Michael is happy to share his development experiences and the 20 lines of code he used. And we will all be looking at ways in which we can engage our users more actively with our services, so the potential benefits of his second example may be worth exploring.

And I very much appreciate the RSS aggregation service Michael has developed.  This may well form the basis of a service for the IWMW 2008 event.

(Note this post is one of a series which describes submissions to the Innovation Competition at the IWMW 2007 event, to be held at the University of York on 16-18 July 2007. Further information about the series of posts is available in a post published previously.).