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  • Web Council - April 26, 2012
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  • Announcements - Chris Heiland
    • Next Meeting, May 24 in Odegaard 220
    • After May we will begin hopping around to various venues as work is done on the OUGL
  • UW Calendar - Greg Koester
    • Project manager for UW Events Calendar scoping study
    • Down to two products: Localist (http://www.localist.com/) and Active Data Exchange (http://www.activedatax.com/)
      • Conducting focus groups in May, let Greg (gkoester@uw.edu) know if you would like to participate
      • Both feature rich
      • Both meet requirements
      • Focus groups will explore how well they meet requirements
      • Both products have other features not in the spec, "trying not to let the bling distracted"
    • Requirements
    • Discussion
      • Integration with room scheduling? One has R25 resource calendar 
      • Registration for events? Both products have a means to register for events
  • Geolocations and Husky Hunt
    • Scavenger Hunt #HuskyFest
    • HuskyFest
      • The big tent in the middle of Red Square last week; a music event, festival; many events mostly in the central area of campus
      • Had Web site at Huskyfest http://uw.edu/huskyfest/
        • Responsive Design
        • Built on WordPress
        • Included
          • Schedule of UW events and public events
          • Sponsors
          • Food
          • Scavenger hunt
            • http://www.washington.edu/huskyfest/hunt/
            • Ran five days
            • Goal was to get students to get out there and find things using technology in a new, fun way
            • Had trivia about UW for each hunt; fun facts about the UW
            • Tasks
              • Wanted both mobile and desktop experience
              • Needed geolocation information for each item people would hunt for
              • Have a way of indicating whether people where near an item's location; distance, direction
            • Wanted to build within WordPress
              • Two ways to put things in WordPress; themes and plug-ins.
                • Generally visual stuff goes into theme, functional stuff in plug-ins
            • Geolocation
              • Browsers can implement geolocation either actively or passively
                • Passively you have to explicitly ping to find out your location
                • Actively constantly updates; found that it provided the better experience
                 
              • Accuracy; Safari on iPhone uses less accurate methods (within 15-20 meters).
            • How do you present the information to the screen; you are closer, you are farther away
              • Had to show more than cold/warm; needed to show direction toward what would be warmer
              • Not everyone has a smartphone; had to provide for the desktop experience
              • Design
                • Mobile
                  • Cold, warm, hot
                  • distance, direction
                • Desktop
                  • Multiple choice for each question
            • Discussion
              • Testing? Did testing on a variety of devices, mostly Android and iPhone, but some Blackberries
  • Mobile Community - David Morton
    • Where are we at with mobile in the UW community?
      • David's Web site at http://freshlymobile.com/ has statistics based on UW Wifi use
      • Has UW mobile stats
        • From Fall07 to present went from 2000 mobile devices to 60,000 linking through campus WiFi
        • Has breakdown of which kinds of devices are in use
        • We are roughly 50/50 on laptop/desktop versus mobile smart handheld device in connecting through UW WiFi
        • 71% of people connecting are students, based on UW NetIDs and MAC addresses
        • More than half of all the devices we see on the UW networks are coming over WiFi
    • Now is the time to start looking at and investing in making our UW mobile web experience easier to do
    • Looking at various mobile frameworks we could use
      • Focused on the Mobile Web Framework (http://mwf.ucla.edu/)
      • MWF is a consortium of schools, including UW, working together to build a mobile framework
      • Goal is to make it easier to mobilize your content; should see new tools available soon
      • One framework does not fit all; MWF is about mobile pages
        • If want to have a site for desktop, laptop, and mobile, you might want to use responsive design
    • Mobile Web Community is looking into these questions
      • Meeting every other week
      • Lot of people around campus working on mobile
      • Looking to expand the discussion to include more people Mail address is mobile-web@uw.edu
      • Join the mailing list
        • Lurk
        • Share your experiences
        • Come to the meetings
      • Want to build a community practice that works for the whole community
      • Join us in the meetings (let us know you are coming so we can be sure to have a big enough room).
    • Discussion
      • What are people actually doing on their smartphones?
        • Appear to be mostly just checking email and doing Facebook
        • Well over half of Google Web searches are coming through mobile devices
      • What about other institutions?
        • So far, a lot of institutions that put money into mobile did so by building native apps
        • Much more mobile Web app activity now
      • What are people connecting to?
        • Connections from within campus to outside campus are often to email services like Google Mail
      • Status of m.UW
        • m.UW is the brand we gave to the UW mobile experience
          • Offers native apps created by Blackberry/Mobile, plus a somewhat weak Web site
        • We are moving things from the native apps into a richer Web experience
          • Plan to be over at end of June; hope to include a replacement for the native apps
        • Native app has been downloaded by 60,000 people, used a few thousand times a day
      • Participating
        • Mobile Community will be meeting every other week
        • Can also participate in meetings of the MWF consortium
  • Google+ Hangouts - Harry Hayward
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