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March 14, 2014 | Rosemary A. Rocchio

PROPOSE A SESSION TODAY !

Program areas include Modern Web, Interoperability,

Data Collection & Gamification

The 2014 MMWCON Proposal Deadline is March 31st!

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March 14, 2014 | Jason Brady

I know a lot of you use WordPress. How many of you explicitly disable pingbacks? Have you had any trouble doing this from your users?

 

http://krebsonsecurity.com/2014/03/blogs-of-war-dont-be-cannon-fodder/

 

He links to a list of the more than 42,000 WordPress sites that were used in the attack on him, and there are 345 “.edu” sites in the list (some are not top level, but I think those are non-us educational sites). Including one for the California State University system, some at Harvard, the University of Texas and the University of Michigan.

 

Jason Brady *...

March 14, 2014 | Jamie Boggs

We have recognized the need to restructure our web content so that it is more intuitive, less confusing, and overall less convoluted.  I wondered if those on this listserv could chime in on their experiences transitioning from a previous site structure/hierarchy to a new one.

 

For those who have transitioned to a new site structure, I have the following questions:

1.      How did you decide on your new site structure?  Was this analytics-based or a result of a usability study or survey?

a.      If a survey was used, was student feedback weighted more heavily?  How was the survey structured?

b.      If analytics was used, what metrics was focused on when restructuring

...
March 7, 2014 | Bret Blackman
We have a similar support model as Boise State University at the University of Nebraska Omaha. We run Hannon Hill's Cascade Server and have developers in IT, University Communications has a web lead position that leads our web team (Ucomm and IT), including campus web strategy, branding, design, templates, etc. Bret Blackman University of Nebraska at Omaha Director, Administrative Information Services Information Services, Eppley 110 http://www.unomaha.edu -----Original Message----- From: The EDUCAUSE Web Administrators Constituent Group Listserv [mailto:WEB@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU] On Behalf Of WEB automatic digest system Sent: Thursday, March 06, 2014 11:00 PM To: WEB@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU Subject: WEB Digest - 24 Feb 2014 to 6 Mar 2014 (#2014-9) There are 3 messages totalling 437 lines in this issue. Topics of the day: 1. Web Page...
March 6, 2014 | James A. Williams
Hello, I am curious as to how other colleges maintain the content of their Web Pages.  Do you have one Web Page Department that handles everything associated with the Web Page including, but not limited to updating the content?  Presently our Web page responsibilities are split between the IT and Marketing Departments.  We are exploring the idea of creating a separate Web Page Department. If anyone has a separate Web Page Department I would like to know who they report to.
Thanks 


James A. Williams
Chief Technology Operations Officer
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine



PCOM provides email capability to all students, faculty, staff, and administration.  All emails and attached files transmitted between and among the foregoing are considered confidential. The emails and attached files are intended...
February 21, 2014 | Marie T. Raney
Do you all have news sites / ezines and the like that you want to brag about? We’re getting ready to revamp some of ours and would love to see some eye-candy, plus get any ideas about capabilities that you’re pleased with. Just to be fair our current daily news site is this: (we get a formatted email about it each day): http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/ and another is http://windowmagazine.org/window/ - we’re not happy with the visual quality of either, but the reporting and print versions are good (we think). We’re on Drupal and will be hosting the new sites on that, but at this point we’re gathering visual ideas and capabilities, platform shouldn’t matter. Thanks! I know you all have some great examples. Marie Raney Director, Web Communication...
February 19, 2014 | Aren Cambre

http://chiefmartec.com/2014/01/81-big-firms-now-chief-marketing-technologist/

“% of big firms now have a chief marketing technologist”

 

Do many universities have a CMT?

 

Aren Cambre, '99, '03
Team Lead, Web Technologies Team
Office of Information Technology
Southern Methodist University

 

 

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February 18, 2014 | Aren Cambre

We are investigating deploying a searchable directory on our web site. With that, I mean a web form where you may enter a first and last name and get names, emails, phones, and limited other information on people in our campus community.

 

A concern is how do we prevent email harvesters? By that, I mean people who mine this campus directory to get expansive lists of our community’s contact info.

 

Five techniques I can think of are:

1.       IP-based throttling, but this might block legitimate users who are behind shared IPs due to NAT.

2.       Assigning some kind of identity to browsers, like setting a cookie or other techniques. The problem is it’s super easy to clear out the...

February 18, 2014 | Aren Cambre

I recently talked web application security with one of my guys. He would like a clear policy.

 

Right now, I have no prescriptive policy, just guidance that the developer must be well-educated in general security practices and be prepared to apply them as needed. On the training end, I’ve recently had my team sit down for a series of web application security videos over Pluralsight.

 

I also have some well-understood general expectations, like the application must use HTTPS or other secured connections if anything sensitive is transmitted. Outside that, given the wide variety of situations—application types, functionality, scenarios, other systems they work with, etc.—I cannot imagine a clean prescriptive policy.

 

How have you approached this?

...
February 10, 2014 | Kevin Shalla

We’re considering outsourcing our web hosting. We don’t have a central web content management system, but instead have many departments doing their own thing. Some create simple static pages on our Unix system, others contract with vendors to develop sites using a WCMS on an external site, others have sites in our campus-hosted WordPress site, others use our university-system-wide SitePublish, still others manage their own WCMS on a virtual web server managed by campus computing, though the feature sets we can create are woefully stark in comparison with what the commercial vendors offer (especially considering the GUIs available).

 

We’re wondering whether there is value in negotiating with some web hosting vendors to see if they can give us not only the rich feature set they offer to all their customers, but can also provide our university with tools to work...

February 5, 2014 | Kelly McLaughlin

Hi,

 

I thought this group would be interested in the Higher Education Enterprise Mobile App Conference that the University of South Florida is hosting on March 3-5, 2014.

Here’s some information.

 

The  2nd annual Higher Education Enterprise Mobile App Conference (HEEMAC) is the hub where
Higher Ed and organizations from around the country will discuss Strategy, What’s Next, Design and
Use for mobile apps, devices and websites.

 

Our special Keynote speaker is Dave Olsen, Professional Technologist, University Relations – Web, West Virginia University.

 

Join us for the Welcome Reception at Busch Gardens Theme Park on Monday night. You...

December 6, 2013 | Kelsey Layos
Hello,

We'd like to make folks aware of a recruitment at the University of California, Irvine within our central Office of Information Technology. This is a full-time career position.

A summary of the position is below. For full details and the complete job description:
htps://staffing2.hr.uci.edu/CSS_External/CSSPage_Referred.asp?Req=2013-1087

I'm heading up the recruitment and would be happy to answer any questions. Please feel free to forward this to folks who may be interested.

Thank you,

Kelsey Layos
Assistant Manager, Academic Web Technologies
Office of Information Technology
University of California, Irvine
kelsey@uci.edu | (949) 824-1531

...
October 8, 2013 | David Moss

If your institution is using Webmin (http://www.webmin.com) for your central web hosting service, would you be willing to serve as a reference? We are undertaking a major web refresh project and are evaluating panels as part of this process.

 

Thanks in advance!

 

Dave

 

______________________________

David M. Moss

Project Manager, Information Technology Services

The University of Texas at Austin

dmoss@utexas.edu

512-471-9066

 

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September 23, 2013 | Aren Cambre

All,

 

Anyone attending the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference in Anaheim? It’s Oct. 15-18.

 

We have a constituent group meeting at 8 AM on Friday, Oct. 18. Bright and early!

 

Is a “birds of a feather”/roundtable type session OK? I would like to have a few topics ready; what do you want to discuss?

 

Aren Cambre, '99, '03
Team Lead, Web Technologies Team
Office of Information Technology
...

September 23, 2013 | Aren Cambre

Hello fellow Web Professionals Constituent Group members! I am your new leader. You will be assimilated.

 

OK, kidding aside, Educause was desperate to find a new leader for this CG, so they asked me. Regrettably, I said yes! My condolences.

 

Now let me share my vision for this group, and I’d like your feedback.

 

There has been a longstanding group called University Web Developers (UWEBD). (I can’t find the signup or info page; it just moved to the University of Akron. I just asked the admin for this.) UWEBD group has a marketing focus, covering perhaps the softer side of web technologies.

 

As Educause is an IT-centric organization, I see this being more towards the IT folks or the marketing department...

August 28, 2013 | Rosemary A. Rocchio

Hi All,

 

I just wanted mention a pre-conference workshop the Educause ECAR-MSAD group is doing at the Annual conference in Anaheim!  If you are looking to get a handle on responsive design it will be well worth your time!

 

Check out the details here:  http://www.educause.edu/annual-conference/2013/seminar-18a-responsive-web-design-separate-registration-required

 

...

April 26, 2013 | Rosemary A. Rocchio
Dear WEB and HTML5 Enthusiasts, Have you been working on cool mobile web apps lately, and are dying to show them off? How about Responsive Design templates that are zippy and cool? Want to share ideas on how to leverage HTML 5, wrap tools into LMS?s, make websites uber accessible? Then propose a session at the Mobility and Modern Web Conference coming up this September 10th ? 12th at UCLA. Details here: http://mmwcon.org If you have questions, feel free to reply! Hope to see you in September! Cheers, - Rose Rose Rocchio Rose Rocchio, Director, Educational and Collaborative Technologies, OIT, UCLA Director of IT, Mobilizelabs rrocchio@ucla.edu 310-825-3981 ********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at...
March 28, 2013 | Listserv Anonymous User
Message from info@eduiconf.org

Educause Webmasters, many of you have been speakers at edUi in the past and I wanted to pass along our call for proposals once again. Hope you can join us!

-Trey

Put the "U" in edUi!





We all know what elements are the most important to any conference experience: The speakers!

You are what makes edUi the amazing event that it has been in past years, and we need you to help edUi keep up the great pace.

Share your stories of success (or failure, which can come with its own kind of success)....

March 11, 2013 | John Krane

Hey all,

 

We are wondering how other universities handle processing news stories generated over the weekend. For example, if something “important” happened for your school on a Saturday, how does that news get written up and pushed to a web delivery?

 

Are you staffed in a special way for 7-day news coverage? Are most weekend stories really just “Monday stories” that get processed on the next workday? Do you have a news-centric chain of command for approving and releasing news on a weekend? Are there specific tools you use to help procure weekend content (for writing and or submitting news? Processing feeds automatically to swap out emerging news stories on your websites? Etc)

 

I appreciate any and all feedback you can offer J Thanks!

...
January 16, 2013 | Aren Cambre
This isn't the first listserv I've seen where digest mode has problems with non-plain text emails. Outlook and gmail can group emails by conversation, plus you can use their rules to send this listserv's emails to a special folder or label. This gives the batched advantage of digest mode, plus gives you a superior and more efficient experience of having the emails groups by subject. Aren
March 20, 2012 | Scott Ciliberti
You may recall I asked a couple of weeks ago if any of you were using Alfresco as your CMS.  Well, there's been a massive revolt against Alfresco on campus and I'm suddenly in the market to replace it.   At this stage I'm looking for vendors in the higher ed market that you have a positive working relationship with in terms of implementation and ongoing support.  I'd like to start with those vendors in our RFP process.  Thanks for you help.
 
 
 
Scott Ciliberti, Chief Information Officer
Enterprise Technology Services
536 Mission Street, Room P-49
San Francisco, CA 94105
v: 415.369.5365
 
I'm participating in the AIDS Lifecycle; a 7-day 545 mile cycling fundraising event between SF and LA. ...
October 8, 2012 | Neil Allison

We're in the process of reviewing our Content Management System and website provision.

One aspect of this is can or should we go Open Source?

 

Over and above the technology though, I'm interested in the people managing the website:

-          What they're allowed to do editorially and design-wise

-          Who gets access to what and why

-          How they can share content and cross reference

-          How they're supported from the centre

 

I've created a suite of user scenarios to help express to...

February 18, 2014 | Aren Cambre

We are investigating deploying a searchable directory on our web site. With that, I mean a web form where you may enter a first and last name and get names, emails, phones, and limited other information on people in our campus community.

 

A concern is how do we prevent email harvesters? By that, I mean people who mine this campus directory to get expansive lists of our community’s contact info.

 

Five techniques I can think of are:

1.       IP-based throttling, but this might block legitimate users who are behind shared IPs due to NAT.

2.       Assigning some kind of identity to browsers, like setting a cookie or other techniques. The problem is it’s super easy to clear out the...

April 3, 2012 | Listserv Anonymous User
Message from tlopez@pacific.edu

We are currently using the Google Mini Appliance to provide on-site search for Pacific.edu and we’ve talked about moving to the Google Appliance but I would like to evaluate what others are using and what they like/don’t like about their solution.

 

Thanks in advance!

 

______________________
Tanya Y. Lopez
Web Marketing Manager
University of the Pacific
Office:    (209) 946-3273
Mobile:   (209) 487-4246
tlopez@pacific.edu
www.Pacific.edu

 

********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE...
February 10, 2014 | Kevin Shalla

We’re considering outsourcing our web hosting. We don’t have a central web content management system, but instead have many departments doing their own thing. Some create simple static pages on our Unix system, others contract with vendors to develop sites using a WCMS on an external site, others have sites in our campus-hosted WordPress site, others use our university-system-wide SitePublish, still others manage their own WCMS on a virtual web server managed by campus computing, though the feature sets we can create are woefully stark in comparison with what the commercial vendors offer (especially considering the GUIs available).

 

We’re wondering whether there is value in negotiating with some web hosting vendors to see if they can give us not only the rich feature set they offer to all their customers, but can also provide our university with tools to work...

January 15, 2013 | Aren Cambre

My team is the Web Technologies Team, and we call ourselves web developers.

 

We’re purposefully getting “web” out of our name for two reasons:

1.       Strategic: “web” is everywhere. It’s passé. Hence, no reason to call it out as a specialty.

2.       Internal: “web” in our names encourages coworkers to knee-jerk any request over to us just because they see the word “web” in it. That results in a lot of misdirected requests and pressure to accept work we shouldn’t be doing.

 

We may go with Software Development Team and assume new titles of Software Developers.

 

What do...

March 14, 2014 | Jason Brady

I know a lot of you use WordPress. How many of you explicitly disable pingbacks? Have you had any trouble doing this from your users?

 

http://krebsonsecurity.com/2014/03/blogs-of-war-dont-be-cannon-fodder/

 

He links to a list of the more than 42,000 WordPress sites that were used in the attack on him, and there are 345 “.edu” sites in the list (some are not top level, but I think those are non-us educational sites). Including one for the California State University system, some at Harvard, the University of Texas and the University of Michigan.

 

Jason Brady *...

October 16, 2012 | Listserv Anonymous User
Message from tkaufman@umaryland.edu

The University of Maryland Baltimore has a Google Search Appliance and we’d like to improve search results by adding more detailed metadata and developing a standard campus-wide naming taxonomy. 

 

Our campus is looking for ways to improve and refine search results based on keywords and metadata attributes such as File Type, Site, Author, and Modified Date along with managed metadata that has been tagged to content returned in results. 

 

We were wondering if anyone else has established naming standards or taxonomy for their campus to use for searching web pages that they’d be willing to share, or any suggestions on how we could develop one for our campus to use.

 

Thanks in advance,

...

March 6, 2014 | James A. Williams
Hello, I am curious as to how other colleges maintain the content of their Web Pages.  Do you have one Web Page Department that handles everything associated with the Web Page including, but not limited to updating the content?  Presently our Web page responsibilities are split between the IT and Marketing Departments.  We are exploring the idea of creating a separate Web Page Department. If anyone has a separate Web Page Department I would like to know who they report to.
Thanks 


James A. Williams
Chief Technology Operations Officer
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine



PCOM provides email capability to all students, faculty, staff, and administration.  All emails and attached files transmitted between and among the foregoing are considered confidential. The emails and attached files are intended...
February 18, 2014 | Aren Cambre

I recently talked web application security with one of my guys. He would like a clear policy.

 

Right now, I have no prescriptive policy, just guidance that the developer must be well-educated in general security practices and be prepared to apply them as needed. On the training end, I’ve recently had my team sit down for a series of web application security videos over Pluralsight.

 

I also have some well-understood general expectations, like the application must use HTTPS or other secured connections if anything sensitive is transmitted. Outside that, given the wide variety of situations—application types, functionality, scenarios, other systems they work with, etc.—I cannot imagine a clean prescriptive policy.

 

How have you approached this?

...
December 6, 2013 | Kelsey Layos
Hello,

We'd like to make folks aware of a recruitment at the University of California, Irvine within our central Office of Information Technology. This is a full-time career position.

A summary of the position is below. For full details and the complete job description:
htps://staffing2.hr.uci.edu/CSS_External/CSSPage_Referred.asp?Req=2013-1087

I'm heading up the recruitment and would be happy to answer any questions. Please feel free to forward this to folks who may be interested.

Thank you,

Kelsey Layos
Assistant Manager, Academic Web Technologies
Office of Information Technology
University of California, Irvine
kelsey@uci.edu | (949) 824-1531

...
September 23, 2013 | Aren Cambre

Hello fellow Web Professionals Constituent Group members! I am your new leader. You will be assimilated.

 

OK, kidding aside, Educause was desperate to find a new leader for this CG, so they asked me. Regrettably, I said yes! My condolences.

 

Now let me share my vision for this group, and I’d like your feedback.

 

There has been a longstanding group called University Web Developers (UWEBD). (I can’t find the signup or info page; it just moved to the University of Akron. I just asked the admin for this.) UWEBD group has a marketing focus, covering perhaps the softer side of web technologies.

 

As Educause is an IT-centric organization, I see this being more towards the IT folks or the marketing department...

March 11, 2013 | John Krane

Hey all,

 

We are wondering how other universities handle processing news stories generated over the weekend. For example, if something “important” happened for your school on a Saturday, how does that news get written up and pushed to a web delivery?

 

Are you staffed in a special way for 7-day news coverage? Are most weekend stories really just “Monday stories” that get processed on the next workday? Do you have a news-centric chain of command for approving and releasing news on a weekend? Are there specific tools you use to help procure weekend content (for writing and or submitting news? Processing feeds automatically to swap out emerging news stories on your websites? Etc)

 

I appreciate any and all feedback you can offer J Thanks!

...
June 7, 2012 | Listserv Anonymous User
Message from ahockett@warnerpacific.edu

Hello All,

 

I’m doing an in depth comparison to Nginx vs. Apache2 as a case study for moving towards using Nginx for our web servers and in doing so, I’ve hit the part where I believe some input from the group would be appreciated. 

 

Security.

 

I’m fairly well versed in locking down vHosts, .htaccess files, redirects, rewrites, etc. on Apache2 and I’m just learning some of the techniques found in Nginx to do the configuration in their “VCL” files.  What I’m curious about is what the “buzz” is around if Nginx  and if it sacrifices any security for the speed?  The context of this is obviously important  so let me flesh that out.  This would be...

February 27, 2012 | Listserv Anonymous User
Message from jpthoma2@samford.edu

Hello all

 

I was wondering if any of you had any experience with of recommendations of digital media transcription services (ie podcasts) for students with disabilities.  Additionally, I am also interested to know how you have handled this at your institution.

 

Thanks!
JT

 

 

 

 

Josh Thomas

Director of Web Services

Ektron Certified Developer

Samford University – University Advancement

205-726-4144

 

 

...
March 14, 2014 | Jamie Boggs

We have recognized the need to restructure our web content so that it is more intuitive, less confusing, and overall less convoluted.  I wondered if those on this listserv could chime in on their experiences transitioning from a previous site structure/hierarchy to a new one.

 

For those who have transitioned to a new site structure, I have the following questions:

1.      How did you decide on your new site structure?  Was this analytics-based or a result of a usability study or survey?

a.      If a survey was used, was student feedback weighted more heavily?  How was the survey structured?

b.      If analytics was used, what metrics was focused on when restructuring

...
February 21, 2014 | Marie T. Raney
Do you all have news sites / ezines and the like that you want to brag about? We’re getting ready to revamp some of ours and would love to see some eye-candy, plus get any ideas about capabilities that you’re pleased with. Just to be fair our current daily news site is this: (we get a formatted email about it each day): http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/ and another is http://windowmagazine.org/window/ - we’re not happy with the visual quality of either, but the reporting and print versions are good (we think). We’re on Drupal and will be hosting the new sites on that, but at this point we’re gathering visual ideas and capabilities, platform shouldn’t matter. Thanks! I know you all have some great examples. Marie Raney Director, Web Communication...
September 23, 2013 | Aren Cambre

All,

 

Anyone attending the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference in Anaheim? It’s Oct. 15-18.

 

We have a constituent group meeting at 8 AM on Friday, Oct. 18. Bright and early!

 

Is a “birds of a feather”/roundtable type session OK? I would like to have a few topics ready; what do you want to discuss?

 

Aren Cambre, '99, '03
Team Lead, Web Technologies Team
Office of Information Technology
...

January 16, 2013 | Aren Cambre
This isn't the first listserv I've seen where digest mode has problems with non-plain text emails. Outlook and gmail can group emails by conversation, plus you can use their rules to send this listserv's emails to a special folder or label. This gives the batched advantage of digest mode, plus gives you a superior and more efficient experience of having the emails groups by subject. Aren
July 30, 2012 | Joseph Karam

Dear Educause Member,

As part of my Master’s Degree research at Rochester Institute of Technology, a knowledge sharing wiki was implemented at Educause, where IT professionals in Higher Education could share best practices (www.educause.edu/wiki/sharing).  The wiki was open for contributions from different constituencies in higher education between January and March 2012.  To date, participation and interest in the wiki has been very low.  As part of the growing body of knowledge in collaborative computing, we are interested to know “why?” 

Your answers to this eight question survey are instrumental to understanding the barriers and enablers to wiki participation.  The survey will take no more than five minutes to complete.  Please be assured all responses are anonymous, you will not be personally identified, and all findings...

Group Leaders

Southern Methodist University

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