University-wide Web Council
The University of Washington Web Council's mission is to set the highest standards and best practices for the UW's Web presence, to foster collaboration and cooperation, and to share resources and expertise in making the UW Internet and Intranet indispensable and accessible to all by providing and promoting the best user experience possible.
The Web Council, under the leadership of the University Marketing & Communications Web Team, is made up of any interested UW employees involved in Web work who see the value in coming together to address common Web issues, including standards, best practices, templates, systems and marketing.
Web Council was organized and launched in the fall of 2007. From time to time it has subdivided into working groups to deal with specific issues of common and widespread interest. The full council typically meets monthly to share ideas, issues, solutions and proposals. The working groups have met as often as group members deemed appropriate, with a goal of sharing their research, ideas, progress, proposals, etc. with the full council when appropriate, including hosting group discussions, guest speakers, labs, tutorials and other sessions or programs designed to inform the overall UW Web community.
A Steering Committee was formed in 2008 and existed for several years, meeting every other month to provide guidance. The committee represented major stakeholders across the Seattle campus, as well as Web representatives from Bothell and Tacoma. Working group leaders who weren't already part of the steering committee were added after the group's March 2008 meeting. The committee's role was to ensure communication on common issues throughout the UW Web community, track progress of the UW's Reputation Building Initiative, get updates on the progress of working groups, adjust working group topics as warranted, set agendas for the full Web Council and generally to facilitate continuity and collaboration throughout the University of Washington Web.