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  • 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
  • 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

  • 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

  • UTMB Web Site Inventory Tool

    Inventory Tool now being populated, used

    November 1, 2013, 15:16 PM by Pep Valdes

    As part of a larger initiative to update UTMB’s overall web presence, a new digital site inventory is now available. It will be shared with the entire UTMB community. As a developer, you can do a quick search under the “Site Manager” field for all the web resources currently associated with your name. You can log into the site (standard UTMB username and PW) to see additional details, and to add or make updates to the information associated with your resources. This tool is being launched with the information currently available, but we need your help to fill in or correct many gaps. If you have problems or need additional permissions, contact one of the team members below.

    Site link: http://sandbox.utmb.edu/web/sites/
    Project contacts: Mike Cooper mgcooper@utmb.edu, Pep Valdes pvaldes@utmb.edu, Toby Smith tlsmith@UTMB.EDU, Myra McCollum mmccollu@utmb.edu (social media projects), Melissa Harman msharman@utmb.edu

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