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Web Council Meeting Notes - May 20, 2010

  • Profession & Continuing Education New Web Site - Ann Vandor, PCE Information Architect and Project Manager
    • The new P&CE site is now up at http://pce.uw.edu/
      • Design is an adaptation of the current UW home page design
    • Implemented in the Ektron CMS, a .Net system - http://www.ektron.com/index.aspx
      • Because of the large complex dataset and the desired information architecture, the Ektron configuration had to be extensively customized.
    • Developing the site
      • An information architecture was developed through a long process of identifying needs and design possibilities through many meetings
      • Information about the 125 certificate programs comes from many different departments offering continuing education
      • In developing the architecture, a goal was to provide means for site visitors to easily filter out the types of courses they were looking for by grouping programs by areas of study, program types, and learning format. Visitors could navigate to courses through a heirarchy or use an Advanced Program search.
      • For each program, information of four types is offered: Overview, courses, advisory board, and details
        • The advisory board information is essential for establishing the credibility of the class, many visitors look for that information
      • A right hand column provides a place to offer related information such as other related courses
      • Assembling the site involved bringing together information about all the courses and programs offered, filling in any gaps in the information for each, polishing the descriptions to achieve a uniform style and voice, and loading the information in the site database.
      • The site also offers Student Resources with information on fees, aid, how to pay, transportation, and much more
      • The footer links go to PCE information, essentially duplicating the links that are reachable through the header pulldown menus.
  • UW Story Site - Harry Hayward, Director of Electronic Media and Special Programs, Media Relations and Communications
    • A "Resources for Digital Storytelling" site has been set up by Media Relations and Communications at http://depts.washington.edu/uwstory/wordpress/
    • The goal of the site is to support story telling with digital media by providing resources, how-to information, copyright information, a gallery of example projects, and a calendar of events.
    • Site was built on the depts server with WordPress, using the UW look template provided by UW Marketing
      • WordPress is easy to set up and keep up-to-date
      • The UW-home-page-look template is available and relatively easy to install
      • Many plug-ins are available that can support the goal of social networking and sharing
        • Particularly pleased with the "YouTube With Fancy Zoom" plug-in http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/youtube-with-fancy-zoom/ that makes it easy to display videos on YouTube
        • Note: Fancy Zoom is compatible with WordPress versions 2.8 to 2.8.5. It is not compatible with 2.9, the lastest version of WordPress now available.
    • Site includes a "Project Match Board" in its Resources category to help people with projects connect with people who have the skills or resources to help with the projects
    • Media Relations is also hosting a series of "Lunch Box Talks" to discuss digital media production and story telling (http://depts.washington.edu/uwstory/wordpress/events/lunchbox-talks/)
    • You could win an iPad by submitting a proposal for the name of a new UW magazine show that will launch on UWTV this Fall.
  • For Your Information - Gina Hills, Associate Director, Web Communications, UW Marketing
    • In the "obama-links" at the bottom of the UW home page (and other pages using that template) in the Leadership category a "Deans and Chancellors" link has been added - http://www.washington.edu/discover/leadership/deans-and-chancellors
    • The current WordPress UW-home-page-look template, such as used on the UW Story site, is being offered as a relatively short term solution for small interactive sites. Hopefully, the UW Plone site (from which that look is derived) will become available soon for such sites
  • Campus Maps - Chris Heiland, Web Developer, UW Marketing
    • There is a need to update the campus maps
      • Both the old map system and the new system use the same base map, which does not reflect some changes in campus buildings
      • Cunningham Hall has moved, Paccar Hall is being built, new construction is underway in the West Campus area near Condon Hall.
    • Back in 2008 UW Facilities had aerial photography flyover of the campus done to provided the basis for more accurate campus maps
      • Work is underway to convert that information into new campus base maps
    • Discussions are also underway about what other areas (such as the South Lake Union area) should be included in UW campus maps and what information should be on such maps
    • Information that will be on the update campus maps is maintained in four locations
      • GPS coordinates are maintained by UW Facilities
      • Names of buildings and other things are maintained by Capital Projects
      • Content in map pop-ups is maintained by Marketing
      • The map graphic is maintained by Creative Communcations
    • Having building street addresses available would be nice
      • Emergency Services has all the building street addresses (fire department wants them) but they are currently not publicly available or on maps
  • HUB Renovation
    • As time for HUB closure approaches, new food venues are being planned. In September, food will be available from some vendors in Red Square
      • Subway will be available in By George
    • People will be informed of food services in residence halls

- Rick Ells, UW-IT

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