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Web for Development Conference, May 9-11, 2005

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Everything from blogs to systems that keep track of measles cases in Peru and cardinal rules for managing Web sites were on the table at the Web for Development Conference, hosted by the World Bank in Washington and attended by central Web teams from over 55 international development organizations and 12 countries. Some 130 participants shared ideas about how they approach their work and looked at ways they can do it better — both within their organizations and through collaborative efforts.

In panel presentations, workshops and informal "table talk" sessions over lunch, the participants raised provocative questions and elaborated on programs they believe can make their sites more effective. The agenda included a range of subjects covering site management, technology and content. Speakers addressed structuring sites for maximum impact with key audiences, managing content and site navigation. They looked at the best ways to support multilingual sites, which search-engine techniques work best, how to integrate map-based presentations generated by geographic information systems, and other trends. One session analyzed the kind of information audiences at the country level are looking for from institutional sites, while several speakers urged the delegates to make greater use of community-based media such as Web logs, or "blogs."

The sessions were made available through webcasting to Bank staff and members of the Web4Dev community who were not able to attend. The archived video files, along with materials from presentations, are now available on the Proceedings Section.

For further questions, please contact Riva Eskinazi.

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