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  • Web Council - September 15, 2011
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  • .xxx Domains
    • Trademarks and Licensing T&L) office is going to help us protect our registered trademarks from the .xxx domains that will soon be available
      • .xxx will become available as a top level domain
      • It will be possible for someone to parallel a UW trademarked URL such as latin.washington.edu with a URL in the .xxx domain (latin.washington.xxx) unless the URL is protected.
      • There is a window in which people can protect their trademark for ten years
    • T&L has prepared a set of documents about what can be done to protect trademarks
      • Email Gina Hills (ghills@uw.edu) to receive copies of the documents.
    • T&L has a list of known trademarks which are eligible for protection that it will be submitting.
      • If you have additional trademarks or you want to trademark a URL that is not yet trademarked, T&L will do the work for you. Get the documents from Gina for details.
      • The window for getting your request to T&L is September 7 to October 28
      • December 6 is when the .xxx domains become available
    • T&L wants to bundle all requests together and submit them at the same time.
  • UW Employment Website Redesign
    • Bruce Miller, Human Resources
    • http://www.washington.edu/admin/hr/jobs/
    • The project is described by the title "How to knit a sweater from yarn your kitten has played with for a week"
    • HR has been engaged in the progressive improvement of the UW Hires Web site
      • Accessed 200,000 times a month
      • Portal for all staff who get hired at the UW
      • Want to make the user experience great
    • HR must meet an unusual set of requirements
      • HR used to handle a LOT of paper. Moving online had the goals of improve content and user experience
      • Dealing with multiple employment types, each with its own laws and procedures
        • HR had a lot of requirements that had to be met
          • Compliance with civil service rultes, labor contracts, etc.
          • Separate, customized sites for UW Medical Center and Harborview Medical
      • The vendor struggled, then gave up
        • UW Hires site launched in 2004
        • Started with Recruitmax (which later changed its name to Vurve)
          • Vendor was challenged to keep up with bug fixes and promised enhancements
          • Vurve purchased by Taleo, which wanted to switch to hosted solution but that was too expensive. Vendor support stopped.
          • Product was built with Cold Fusion
      • Challenges of UW Hires
        • User support instructions were outside the application; difficult for users; have to open separate windows
        • UW Hires interface built with massively nested tables, mixed combination of style sheets, inline styles, and html attributes
          • Locating problems and fixing them took lots of time
    • Improvements in the works
      • Accessibility is big issue; working on it
      • Improving UW Hires interface and applicant usability, particularly a unified login for all parts of the system
      • Fixing display issues caused by Recruitmax/Vurve inaccurate specs
      • Reducing the number of web pages to simplify navigation
      • Simplifying content access using jQuery for accordion windows and tabs
      • Building basic set of page templates using grid-based Blueprint system (http://www.blueprintcss.org/), to change look/feel by simply switching stylesheets
      • Addressing security concerns
      • Making pages more graphically interesting and welcoming
      • Telling people what is great about working at the UW, including information about benefits
    • Future
      • Improving user experience
      • Completely recoding from scratch the manager's workbench
      • Bring more help content inside the application
  • UW Mobile Web - David Morton, Chris Heiland, Dane Odekirk
    • m.UW is the current UW mobile service
      • m.UW originally created by Terribly Clever, which was bought out by Blackboard/Mobile
        • We will be continuing with Blackboard/Mobile to create our apps.
          • For each new version of the app, Blackboard/Mobile creates an iOS, Android, Blackberry and WebOS native app and a mobile Web site.
      • Blackboard is working on improving the mobile Web site they generate.
    • Exploring where to go next with the m.UW mobile Web site
      • An important goal is a mobile Web site that works well for all smartphones and is easy to manage
      • The team is looking at a package that came out the iMobileU project at MIT - Kurogo Mobile Framework now offered by Modo Labs (http://modolabs.com/framework.php)
        • The team has been playing around with the Kurogo framework. Can it give decent behavior and experience compared with the services Blackboard/Mobile provides?
          • Will it have a faster development cycle, make it easier to add and change things?
        • Conclusion: It is nifty!
          • Kurogo has same functions as native apps (directory, news, events, etc)
          • Seems much more flexible than the mobile Web site Blackboard/Mobile provides
          • Straight-forward to style, set up services, read feeds, and more.
          • Allows switching back and forth between full website and mobile optimized version
        • Kurogo is being used on by a number of schools; we can learn from their experiences
      • Discussion
        • Connecting to existing feeds is very simple.
        • It would be good to have more interactive services, such as to services currently available in MyUW (grades, course schedules, etc.)
        • Could departments run their own Kurogo services?
          • They could. The challenge is how to make such sites findable through the UW services.
          • A major goal is building a unified user experience through standard stylesheets, templates, and best practices.
    • Anyone interested in mobile topics should contact Gina (ghills@uw.edu). Gina is hoping to get the Mobile Interest Group active again
  • The End of Google Subscribed Links
    • Google is taking away subscribed links service
      • It is being replaced with something called "Promotions"
        • Somewhat simpler than Subscribed Links; Only allows brief text, link, and URL
        • Places promotion links at top of search results list
    • The Marketing Web team will be converting all Subscribed Links on UW Home site to Promotions
  • Things happening in UW-IT - Tom Lewis
    • Expanding the on-campus Exchange service (http://uw.edu/itconnect/wares/uwexchange/)
      • Working on new pricing structure
    • Working on cloud services
      • Office 365 will be replacing Live@uw.edu
        • Office 365 is a whole suite, including Exchange, Sharepoint, and Lync
        • A pilot project will begin in late November to move customers of UW Sharepoint onto Office 365
        • Working on coordinating calendaring systems
        • Exchange Online includes HIPAA compliance features
      • UW Google Apps will be getting new services; Google Analytics, Picasa, YouTube, Reader
        • Google services have nice APIs that make it easy to integrate with UW groups and have single sign-on
        • Google+ includes video conferencing abilities
          • A video conferencing solution without Flash
          • Could be a replacement for Adobe Connect
      • Working on better deals for cloud commodities such as Amazon services
        • Amazon costs are high; negotiating to lower costs
        • Microsoft Azure used to build SQLShare for eScience; negotiating better prices with Microsoft
    • MyUW work
      • Moving to RESTful Web services, moving away from JAVA
      • Hope to revamp calendar system in MyUW
    • Tegrity, cloud based lecture capture solution
      • To start capturing lectures in video, all you need to do is download a small client program
      • Vendor is used to a very course-centric model but Tegrity actually could be used for many other purposes.
  • 150th Patch
    • The tagline for the 150th patch should be "Together we make history. Discover what's next."
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