Wednesday, February 28, 2007

The Web Redesign Advisory Committee is taking shape

Individuals are being tapped to serve on the Web Redesign Advisory Committee. To date, membership includes:
  • Ginger Ambler, Student Affairs
  • Christopher Bailey, Geology
  • Henry Broaddus, Admission
  • Courtney Carpenter, IT
  • John Kane, Alumni Association
  • Bramble Klipple, Development
  • Lorne Kuffel, Institutional Research
  • Jack Martin, English
  • Jennifer Mellor, Economics
posted by Susan Evans

Friday, February 23, 2007

It's Official

Today, Provost Geoff Feiss announced the W&M Web Redesign project. Pre-planning for re.web is officially over!

posted by Susan Evans

Friday, February 16, 2007

5 Pillars for the Web?

Perhaps discussions about W&M's web presence should include the five pillars of the College referenced by President Gene Nichol during his State of the College address in January. The five pillars are:
  1. that our intimate, supportive, rigorous, engaged, dynamic, residential form of liberal-arts education is … the strongest, most affecting and likely the most pragmatic tool the academy has to offer
  2. that academic excellence, intellectual achievement and the highest standards of performance, imagination and creativity inform all that we do
  3. that our programs are premised on a culture that promoted deep and sustained faculty involvement in the lives, development and work of our students
  4. that our high standards of instruction are leavened by a foundational and sustaining commitment to research
  5. that, as the campuswide committee on diversity asserted last year, the College strives to be a place where people of all backgrounds feel at home, where diversity is actively embraced and where each individual takes responsibility for upholding the dignity of all members of the community
posted by Susan Evans

Thursday, February 1, 2007

re.web's Technical Landscape Coming into Focus

Here is a summary of the technical landscape of re.web from the perspective of of February 1, 2007 (the day before Groundhog Day).

We are regularly bringing together our best web programmers and engineers to brainstorm about the web architecture and infrastructure that will be needed as we move forward. We are discussing the hardware and software implications for which IT will need to be ready.

We are also conducting prep work so that we will be in a position to provide technical expertise once the project and advisory committees are announced. Activities include:
  • developing a list of features we may need in a content management system (CMS)

  • identifying, reviewing, and evaluating products (commercial and open source)

  • setting up test environments (servers, databases) to run some of the content management systems we are evaluating

  • creating a list of functional tasks that those who will test the content management systems will want to try (e.g., create a web page, edit a web page, add an image)
We have a team working on the deployment of ClickTracks. This software analyzes W&M web logs (providing data about who clicks on what, how long they stay, etc). Time spent experimenting with ClickTracks is well spent, because the more we know about it, the better the data we'll be able to provide once the project and advisory committees begin meeting formally.

February activities on re.web will include:
  • Meeting with Mike Connolly to brief him about the re.web project. Mike is the new Director of University Relations and we can benefit from his expertise.
  • Drafting sections for an RFP document.
  • Continuation of the technical work described above.
posted by Susan Evans