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  • What is this “ITC”?

    January 30, 2015, 16:29 PM by Pep Valdes

    People at large organizations like UTMB love acronyms; for the past couple of years a new one has been circulating, and it’s likely you’ve not heard it. The “ITC” is UTMB’s “Internet Technology Commitee.” It’s a small group set up in 2012 by the former CIO Ralph Farr and the current CIO Todd Leach (who was second in command at the time). The charge is set out in the group’s charter:

    The ITC is charged with providing strategic alignment with institutional prioritiesand establishing the policies and guidelines that the university will abide by when developing and updating content targeting patients, students, employees, alumni, donors and other constituents.

    This group will ensure there is consistency across mission areas in branding and functionality. Examples of issues and technologies that the ITC will provide guidance on include online branding, web sites, social media, and mobile/tablet device delivery.

    The standing members of the group are below, they are frequently joined by others who contribute specific expertise, insights or perspective on different topics:

    • Tonya R. Broussard, Business and Finance
    • Matt Havard, Information Services/B&F
    • Mike J. King, Information Services/B&F
    • Toby Smith, Information Services/B&F
    • Dr. Chris Edwards, Health System
    • Mary Feldhusen, Health System
    • Tim Hilt, Nursing Service/Health System
    • Barb Petit, SOM/Surgery & Orthopaedics
    • Cynde Ferris, SON/Provost
    • Chris Tucker, SON/Provost
    • Mary Jo Singleton, Provost
    • Mark Schultze, Provost
    • Dr. Lindsay Sonstein, SOM/Provost
    • Mike Cooper, Marketing & Communications
    • Melissa Harman, Marketing & Communications
    • Pep Valdes, Marketing & Communications
  • A look back and a look ahead

    January 27, 2015, 16:13 PM by Pep Valdes
    There’s some rumbling underfoot in the UTMB Web World, and it’s not the “Big Dig” that has streets torn up around campus for the work on utilities and infrastructure. We (Internet Technology Committee) have been working quietly but steadily in the background, assessing tools, acquiring new capabilities, building the digital web equivalent of the robust infrastructure that the construction teams are burying under campus. Many of you have seen or heard about bits and pieces of it: mobile templates, inventory tool, site checking capabilities, image library, a new CMS. Now it’s almost time to reveal the entire package. While we can’t squeeze it all in a single post, we can share an infographic that summarizes 2014 and lays the groundwork for 2015 and beyond.

    Infographic of ITC Web Update and Goals
  • Sitefinity web content management system sessions scheduled for Jan. 29, Feb. 11

    January 15, 2015, 17:27 PM by Pep Valdes

    In the coming weeks, members of the Internet Technology Committee will be presenting additional information about UTMB’s new web content management system, Sitefinity. Two types of sessions are planned: a high-level introduction for people new to the system, and two ninety-minute, hands-on workshops for those who have had some initial experience with the tool or attended one of the 2015 sessions.

    Here are dates and details:

    1) Introduction to the Sitefinity CMS

    This one-hour session will provide a general project update and overview, define roles and types of users, show the CMS dashboard and primary tools, and describe the templates, navigation and types of pages and content. It will also outline how to request a new site and direct attendees to additional online information and resources.

    Friday, Jan. 29, 2016
    10-11 a.m.
    Levin Hall South Auditorium 2.222

    The introduction session is open to anyone and there are no prerequisites or RSVPs required.

     2) Working w/ Sitefinity (Intermediate Training)

    Two 90-minute, hands-on training opportunities with be offered in a small classroom setting with access to PCs. Users with some prior exposure to Sitefinity will have an opportunity to be guided through the use of the tool. Reservations are required and there are prerequisites for attendance: Users should have either attended the introduction or a former Sitefinity demo or already been working in earlier test versions of the tool, and should have reviewed the training materials and instructional videosthat are already online.

    Initially, two sessions of approximately 15 people each will be hosted.

    Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016
    10:30 a.m. – Noon
    NEW LOCATION: SON/SHP Building, LRC Room 1.808

    and

    Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016
    1 – 2:30 p.m.
    NEW LOCATION: SON/SHP Building, LRC Room 1.8088

    To reserve your spot in either of the intermediate sessions, send a message with your preferred time (morning or afternoon) to itc@utmb.edu. You will be sent a meeting confirmation.

    The content management system is part of a larger new web suite of tool and updates that were introduced in May 2015. Called the “Web Reboot,” the project also includes mobile site templates, link and spelling validation, a digital image library, new guidelines and page requirements, social media changes, and training and tutorials to support the web development community and those they serve.

    To learn more about Sitefinity and the Web Reboot, visit http://intranet.utmb.edu/web/welcome, or explore this blog.

  • Congratulations to UTMB’s 2014 MCPs!

    Congratulations to UTMB’s 2014 MCPs!

    March 11, 2014, 16:07 PM by Michael Cooper

    Congratulations and great job to all of the UTMB web developers who earned their MCPcertification by completing the grueling two week MCSD boot camp training course and exams. We know it was two solid weeks of long days, hard work and a lot of very strong, black coffee. Great work, all! And a special round of thanks to our gracious hosts, MCSD trainer, Alan Tang and CTREC/Hilton. Go Red Team!

    Pictured L to R: (back row) Roger Cooley, John Gibson, Toby Smith, Michael Seymour, T. Mathew, Chris King, Gary Cowan, Lance Hoang, Mike Cooper (front row) Anirban Chakrabarty, Ashley West, Alan Tang, Mark Thompson, Prasanth Manukonda, Jim Koppe, Titus Wiggins (not pictured) Nancy Stokes

  • We’re ready to run a report for you

    February 6, 2014, 15:37 PM by Pep Valdes

    Last November we started testing and piloting a new quality tool that scans UTMB’s public facing sites looking for broken links, misspelled words and accessibility issues. It also has a nifty inventory feature that lists the number and types of pages, types of files, problematic content. During testing, we used the tool aggressively on UTMBHealth.com (our patient portal); more recently we’ve begun targeting our edu sites. Developers in our schools were also among our initial group of testers, and some other high profiles sites such as IHOPwere in the first round.

    The consensus: we like the tool, it’s proven useful. We still have a lot of work to do to address all the issues. But as we do, we’re also ready to help you with your sites by running some reports for the resources you manage. If you have a public facing site (not on our intranet and not a blog or business app on a dedicated server like MyChart), we can auto-generate a weekly report for you of potential problems. If that’s not enough, we can get you access to an online dashboard.

    Speaking from personal experience, it’s very gratifying to watch the reported errors drop. One little glitch in your navigation or a relocated/missing document in a shared footer can generate a lot of errors.

    To request this service, contact Melissa Harman or Pep Valdes with your directories or sites to be scanned.

    A recent screen capture of a UTMBHealth.com report

  • Feeling inundated?

    February 6, 2014, 15:30 PM by Pep Valdes

    Back in 2009, Bits (the NY Times technology blog) posted a story based on a study done at UC San Diego. In a nutshell, it said:

    the average American consumes 34 gigabytes of content and 100,000 words of information in a single day. (Leo Tolstoy’s “War and Peace” is only 460,000 words long.) This doesn’t mean we read 100,000 words a day — it means that 100,000 words cross our eyes and ears in a single 24-hour period. That information comes through various channels, including the television, radio, the Web, text messages and video games.

    This was data from 2008. The iPhone arrived in 2007. It was 2010 before the first iPad hit the scene, followed by a proliferation of other tablets. I wonder what the numbers would look like today?

    Read the full article

  • UTMB Modern Responsive Web Templates

    New responsive web templates now available

    November 1, 2013, 15:27 PM by Pep Valdes

    New institutional web templates have now been released. The templates are responsive; they are designed to work well across a wide array of devices, and take a “mobile first” approach to content delivery. While the new templates look similar to current designs (evolution vs. revolution), they function in a totally different way. We encourage you to visit the templates site and explore what’s available. (For best experience, visit with FireFox or similar modern browser. Templates are designed to degrade gracefully for older versions of IE. )

    View templates and info: http://sandbox.utmb.edu/web/templates/
    Project contacts: Mike Cooper mgcooper@utmb.edu, Toby Smith tlsmith@UTMB.EDU

  • Site Check: testing for quality, broken links, spelling

    November 1, 2013, 15:20 PM by Pep Valdes

    We have been testing a new quality tool that scans UTMB’s public facing sites looking for broken links, misspelled words and accessibility issues. We’ve found it to be very useful during our pilot on utmbhealth.com. For those being scanned in the public utmb.edu domain, we can auto-generate a weekly report for you of potential problems. To request this service, contact us with your directories or sites to be scanned.

    Overview: http://siteimprove.com/
    Project  contacts:  Melissa Harman msharman@utmb.edu, Pep Valdes pvaldes@utmb.edu

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