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Web Council - 10/21/10

  • YouTube videos - Harry Hayward
    • Is there a UW process for uploading stuff to YouTube?
      • Yes, there is. We should get together and talk about it.
    • Harry met with the Attorney General's office and reviewed the YouTube terms of service
      • YouTube assumes you have the copyright and have releases from people in the video
      • If they do notice that you are likely violating someone else's copyright, YouTube may send you a notice
    • Once your stuff is on YouTube, anyone can take a copy of it, modify it, do a mashup, or whatever
      • YouTube is not the place to put things you want to maintain control over
      • Harry wants the 28 people with YouTube channels to meet and talk about how to go forward with videos
      • There is a way to put stuff on YouTube and restrict who can see it, but once someone distributes it to others, "the genie is out of the bottle"
      • Office of Research is watermarking their videos
        • We could look into defining a standard UW watermark and process for using it
    • Other video services have tighter controls on use than YouTube ("YouTube is the wild west")
    • We are in the process discussing bringing UWTV together with iTunes U
  • Improving Our Web - Gina Hills and Steve Mark of Siteimprove
    • Gina has been looking into SiteCheck  (http://siteimprove.com), a possible tool we could use for improving the UW Web. SiteCheck scans sites for spelling, accessibility, broken links and other problems, generating task lists of things to fix
    • Might be able to get funding for a pilot project to make SiteCheck available
      • Starts at $4000 for 5000 pages per year, has bulk discounts
      • Once we have a few cleanup cycles, could lengthen the time between scans to lower costs
      • Could pull together a working group to explore how to use such a tool
    • Demonstration (through WebEx) of SiteCheck by Steve Mark of SiteImprove.com
      • Service runs automatic scan of Web site every five days, sends you a report
      • Services is located on Siteimprove Web sites; no software to download or install
      • Uses Microsoft Office dictionary for spell check, English/US dictionary, backed up with Mexico dictionary. More dictionaries can added
      • Scan results can be broken down by sub-site, so that each content editor can get results for the section they manage
      • Can click through the report to a specific page - errors are highlighted (misspellings with red frowny faces)
        • Keeps track between scans, tells you how many days a link has been bad
        • Can make a whitelist of links to ignore
      • When errors are found, you can view pages with highlighted errors, click on each error, and
        choose whether the error should be added to a to-do list of words to fix and pages where they are located
        • List of accessibility errors have links to WCAG or 508 criteria related to the error
    • SiteCheck also generates a site inventory
      • Builds an index to every word on the site, makes it easy to make changes to department names, staff names, phone numbers, etc.
      • Builds index of referrals, which show which pages are referring to a specific page, helping track down locations with content related to pages being updated
      • Builds index of email addresses, useful for updates
    • Cannot presently access password protected areas - site needs to be public for SiteCheck to be able to scan it
      • Generally do not like to try to go into protected areas for security or privacy reasons
    • Accessibility report
      • Accessibility can evaluate by both WCAG and 508, or either
      • Currently using WCAG 1 guidelines, expect to upgrade to WCAG2 in November
    • SiteCheck is being upgraded in November
    • Access for each user can be assigned on the basis of role, giving individual, group-wise, or world permissions
    • If you are interested in helping to evaluate SiteCheck, contact Gina
  • News & Information News Feeds are Migrating
    • Chris Heiland is working on moving news feeds to new technology, changes should be transparent to people using the feeds
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