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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 the Web - Gina Hills and Steve
    • SiteCheck  (http://siteimprove.com) - A tool for improving the UW Web. SiteCheck scans sites for spelling, accessibility, broken links and other problems, generating task lists of things to fix
    • SiteCheck demo
      • Spiders list of sites regularly (every week, every five days, etc.)
      • Allows each site to set its own schedule and get data directly as needed, unlimited users can have access
      • Has a whitelist of spelling oddities you have
      • Gives you an inventory of your pages
      • Has a task feature - gives you lists of tasks that need to be done
    • 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
    • Accessibility
      • Scans pages, highlights problems, gives links to explanations
    • Could pull together a working group to explore how to use such a tool
    • Terrill Thompson has offered to help evaluate accessibility tools
    • Few people at the UW using such site scan tools at present
      • Integrity is site link checker that is free
    • Scott of SiteImprove
      • Service runs automatic scan of Web site every five days, sends you a report
      • Gave a demo of SiteCheck results through a WebEx Meeting
      • Uses Microsoft Office dictionary for spell check, English/US dictionary, backed up with Mexico,
        can add to dictionary
      • Can break the site down, 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 list of links to ignore
      • For spelling errors, 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
      • Similar procedure for accessibility issues
    • Does site inventory
      • Builds an index to every word on the site, makes it easy to make changes to department names, staff names, etc.
      • Builds index of referrals, which show which pages are referring to a specific page
      • Builds index of email addresses, useful for updates
    • Cannot presently access password protected areas - needs to be public
      • Generally do not like to try to go into protected areas for security or privacy reasons
    • Accessibility report
      • We are interested in both WCAG and 508, or either
      • Can be configured for either criteria
      • Helps you create a list of fix tasks
      • There are options which can be discussed if there is interest
      • Currently using WCAG 1 guidelines, expect to upgrade to WCAG2 in November
    • Videos will be available demonstrating new interface that will be coming out in November
    • Access for each user can be assigned on the basis of role, site-wide, and group-wise
    • Advantages
      • Creates a higher level visibility of the Web site problems, which can help get higher level
        commitment to supporting
      • Will give us a familiar interface that we can sit around and talk about (structures the issues)
    • You can preview the new version of SiteImprove at http://www.siteimprove.com/preview/us . The update is expected in November.
  • Migrate News & Information content news feeds
    • Chris Heiland is working on moving news feeds to new technology
  • Drupal.ischool.uw.edu/projects
    • Locally Trusted Service LTS now available
    • Available as a module
    • Talks to groups Web service, including LDAP,
    • UW People (LTS plug-in)
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