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Web Development
April 2003

Goal:  To enhance the web presence for the schools and the university, as a whole, by building dynamic and interactive environments for sharing and collecting information.

Objectives: 

  • To produce a sense of community by building a place for collaboration and exchange of information.
  • To allow for seamless and real-time communication.
  • To create a dynamic and interactive environment for the transmission of information.
  • To serve as a repository of academic and administrative information for the purpose of being more efficient with processing forms, maintaining data and reporting this information.
  • To establish a standard software tool, central hardware platform and education program offering that will assist faculty and staff in the development of a state-of-the-art web environment.

Current State:
UMB has a variety of web developer and web tools that are spread across the schools and administrative units of the campus. No standard software tool, hardware platform or coordinated effort exists to standardize in this highly visible area of communication. CITS has procured hardware and software that will provide a development and production environment to enable campus users to work with the campus web team in leveraging these disparate resources to provide a common, unified solution.

Schedule:

Jan - Feb. 2003:

  • Install and implement the enterprise-wide hardware/software solution.
  • Work with the Office of External Affairs to improve the main and secondary navigation of the campus homepage.
  • Work with several departments, including Human Resources and Financial Aid, to develop a dynamic, interactive method for collecting and reporting data.
  • Continue assisting interested departments, administrative units, and schools with redesigning their web sites using a variety of web tools and standards.

Feb. - Apr. 2003:

  • Install and implement the enterprise-wide hardware/software solution.
  • Begin the analysis for the implementation of a content management system.
  • Continue assisting interested departments, administrative units, and schools with redesigning their web sites using a variety of web tools and standards.
  • Develop web-enabled applications for the School of Social Work's Training Department and Survey Projects.
  • Create dynamic inline applications and forms for HR Department.
  • Develop web-enabled applications that will provide OEA with the ability to dynamically update news articles and content for the campus Homepage.

May 2003 - June 2003:

  • Purchase and then implement or begin development of content management system.
  • Plan and begin the development of faculty, student, staff, executive, and alumni Intranets.
  • Continue assisting interested departments, administrative units, and schools with redesigning their web sites using a variety of web tools and standards.

Outcome:  UMB will have a centralized web environment that will be easy to use, navigate, and gather information about the campus, its services, students, staff, faculty, and community. Information will be presented in an up-to-date and dynamic manner so that students, staff, faculty, other universities and the general public can find information quickly and efficiently. Further establish the UMB web development department as the main resource for web related development, technology, topics, and information for the campus.