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Web Council - Jan 31, 2013
  • Announcements
  • Privacy Considerations For Successful Web Pages - Suzanne Blais
    • Suzanne Blais (sblais@uw.edu) is the Assistant Director of Privacy, Office of the Chief Information Security Office (CISO)
    • CISO developed the UW's Online Privacy Statement (http://www.washington.edu/online/privacy/) last year, which is now linked to from the footer of UW pages
      • Also developed the UW Website Terms and Condition of Use statement (http://uw.edu/online/terms) -
      • Please link directly to these pages (do not copy and paste or develop your own)
      • Privacy laws are changing all the time
    • Two key ideas
      • Tell people what you are collecting
      • Collect the minimun amount possible for your purposes
    • Scenarios
      • Scenario #1 My website sends visitors to our partners
        • Definitely want the remind people that the partners may have different policies than ours
        • Transparency
          • Transparency is achieved through notice
          • Tell them how you are using their data at the time of collection
          • Tell people up front if you are using information for marketing, etc.
      • Scenario #2 - My website asks for all kinds of information when visitors sign up for something simple
        • Legally okay to collect personally identifiable information such as home address, email, favorite pet, etc., to join UW mailing lists
          • However, ask yourself why are you collecting that information?
        • Minimize information you request and tell visitors why you are collecting it
        • If you are going to share the information your collect with others, you must tell them.
        • Acceptable uses of information provided by visitors
          • Administer visitor's participation in the website
          • Communicate information UW thinks may be of interest to the visitor
          • Fulfill requests for services or materials
          • Contact the visitor
          • Conduct research or surveys - tell them why you are collecting the information
        • You should treat members of the public the same way you treat members of the UW community
      • Scenario #3 I want to create an email list of minors
        • Children's Online Privacy and Protection Act likely to apply
        • Described at http://ciso.washington.edu/laws/coppa/
        • If children are under age of 13, must have parental approval
        • For children 13 to 18, the website needs to have a warning to be sure to ask your parents first
    • Questions?
  • An Accessible Web: It's the Law - Sheryl Burgstahler
    • Sheryl Burgstahler (sherylb@uw.edu) is the Director of Accessible Techology Services in UW-IT
    • Accessible Technology Services is part of UW-IT
      • ATS operates the Access Technology Center (atcenter@uw.edu), located in room 064 Mary Gates Hall, which can you help with your accessibility questions
      • Consultants are available
        • Dan Comden
        • Terrill Thompson
        • Can give presentations and training on request
        • Can do tours for classes
      • Other offices near the ATC
        • Disability Resources for Students (http://depts.washington.edu/uwdrs/)
          • Wednesday, Feb 6, DRS is have an open house of their new office in room 011 Mary Gates Hall
        • D-Center, a student-run space where students with disabilities and their advocates can gather.
      • Next Wednesday Open House for Disability Resources for Students
        • Wednesday, 2-4pm
      • D-Center - student run space where students with disabilities and their advocates
    • The accessibility of information technologies we use at the UW must be addressed
      • The rapid pace of technology change means IT is getting more complicated for the average user and even more complicated for people with disabilities
      • The National Federation of the Blind (https://nfb.org/) is suing higher education institutions for failure to comply with technology accessibility requirements
        • Penn State is spending more than $8m to respond to NFB complaints (https://nfb.org/node/958)
        • Why would NFB sue educational institutions?
          • Private companies are not required to make products that are accessible
          • Colleges and Universities are required to use technologies that are accessible for people with disabilities
          • Suing customers of technology companies is the best way to get at the companies making IT
      • Recently there was a protest at Amazon.com headquarters in Seattle about the inaccessibility of the Kindle reader (http://seattletimes.com/html/businesstechnology/2019892092_amazonebooksxml.html)
    • The Accessibility Task Force - A UW-wide initiative
      • Sponsored by Kelly Trosvig, UW Vice President and Chief Information Officer and Randy Hodgins, Vice President, Office of External Affairs
      • Task Force membership
        • Team members are Sheryl Burgstahler, Gina Hills, Amanda Paye, Robert Roseth, Bree Callahan, Dan Comden, Harry Hayward, Kilian Frey, Rick Ells,Terrill Thompson and Tory Herdandez
        • Meeting once a month, with sub-teams doing projects
      • Charge - Promote best practices for developing and acquiring accessible technology at the UW
      • Discussion
        • What is the baseline and the timeline
          • There are no hard deadlines. Some universities have set hard deadlines (such as Penn State) but that approach can be expensive and restrictive.
          • A person has been hired in the ATC to be available for evaluating sites. She is also surveying the top 400 Web sites are the UW and will periodically redo the survey to get an idea of how we are doing overall.
        • Evaluating websites
          • The UW has a contract with SiteImprove, which is an online service that scans and evaluates your website
            • SiteImprove scans for misspellings, broken links, and accessibility problems, giving you lists of what needs fixing
            • Our SiteImprove license is administered by UW Marketing. If you are interested in using it, send email to Gina Hills (ghills@uw.edu)
          • The ATC accessibility analyst also has scripts for evaluating pages and sites
          • Evaluating accessibility often requires hands-on exploration and testing by a human being. Automated methods can miss a great deal
        • Three steps for getting started on accessibility
        • Training conference on accessible design
  • Sneak Peek at UWTV.org Remake - Dane Odekirk
    • Dane Odekirk (dizzy@uw.edu) is Web developer on the Marketing web team
    • Marketing is using WordPress for all its sites, trying new things with each new site
    • Dane has be working on UWTV site, building it on WordPress
      • Content is mostly being hosted at MediaAMP (http://mediaamp.org/), which contains the UWTV content and does broadcasting on channel 27
        • Content for the old site is in MediaAMP, the new WordPress site retrieves content from that service
        • Searches are done through the MediaAMP platform, which has a search API
        • The new WordPress site will pull content from multiple different additional sources, including YouTube
        • Some short term cacheing is done but otherwise, aside from a few static pages, the great majority of the content is retrieved from MediaAMP
      • WordPress is written in PHP
        • You can send parameters via URL
      • Hope to launch the new site in February
  • Content Sharing Made Easy - Dan Boren
    • Dan Boren(boren@cs.washington.edu) is a Computer Specialist in Computer Science and Engineering
    • The challenge is how to make information you have available in several areas
      • One-way sharing across heterogeneous web platforms such as from a Drupal site to a WordPress site
    • Last year CSE moved all its sites into Drupal, entering a large amount of information into custom field databases
    • Is re-use possible?
      • The data is in a database
      • How can they use the information elsewhere
      • Solution
        • Explose content in a Web service
    • Using simple code in Drupal, you can make a Web service that can exposes your content in JSON format
      • Put empty div in page
        • AJAX call retrieves information
        • Rendered in JS
        • Formatted in CSS
    • Example
      • http://mwt.cs.washington.edu
        • Information already existed in other sites, needed to get the site up quickly
        • Built on WordPress CMS
        • Gets content from live computer science website (which is Drupal)
        • slug in page inserts content
    • Pros
      • Single point of entry for content
      • Allows re-use of existing content
      • Content can be used by non-Drupal systems
    • Cons
      • Single point of entry for cotent - people on subsidary sites want to change content
      • Suitable mainly for public data
      • Some technical expertise needed by consumer site
      • Content not searchable on secondary sites
  • Ignite - 20 seconds per slide, 5 minutes long total
    • Who Do You Trust? - Nathan Dors, UW-IT
      • Nathan Dors (dors@uw.edu) is Assistant Director, Identity and Access Management, UW-IT
      • Who do you trust? Online identity trust frameworks is emerging as an answer
        • How do we create a new conceptual model for consuming identities
        • Working on wiki page with all the various options for identities
      • New concept of "trust frameworks"
        • UW NetID is an example of a trust framework
        • Relying on external identies raises risks
      • Identity is like beef
        • Do not know if consuming it is going to be bad for you
        • US Gov has a grading system for beef
        • Gov is doing similar things for online identity
      • Working on a pyramid of trust
        • In higher ed,the trust framework is called InCommon (http://www.incommon.org/)
        • Currently has 500 participant organizations
      • Do you risk assessment, what risks can you accept
        • What level of risk can you accept. Choose accordingly
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