Web Content Management Systems

An Informatics Computing Innovation Meeting: BP Conference Suite, Thursday 24 May 2007, 14:00-17:00

This is the first in an occasional series of meeting within Informatics to look at ways in which we can move forward with new developments in the Informatics Computing Service. The theme of the meeting is web content management systems (CMSs). Several institutes/projects within Informatics have expressed a requirement for a CMS. At a wider scale the university has a website redevelopment project and we any developments in Informatics need to be viewed in that context.


The meeting will be in two parts, and will be chaired by Dave Robertson. The first part will include some short talks:

  • Overview of CMSs
  • Requirements within Informatics
  • University web development project (Dawn Ellis, head of university web development)
  • Live demos of CMSs

The second part will be focussed on a discussion on how we should proceed in Informatics, what developments should we pursue, and comments and suggestions for the university web development.

Comments, Suggestions, Requirements

  • the system needs to be relatively easy to learn (to make simple changes to pages which already exist and ideally to create simple pages from scratch) so that it does not require anything beyond very very basic html knowledge or very basic unix knowledge (and ideally none of either). I accept that more complicated pages might need this knowledge (as they do now) - and that is ok so long as COs can provide help to the ITO when required.
  • ideally, our CMS should have an easy to use wysiwyg interface;
  • we need a news publishing mechanism to which several people in the School can contribute (e.g. Colin Adam's commercialisation team). At the moment, I'm the only publisher of news and the system is clumsy: I have to create a web page, then enter a headline in the database with an expiry date for that news item. The database has a field for the main text but that field limits the length of the text and the type of content that can be enterred (you can't insert images). The news headlines do not appear on the web pages instantaneously as they should but are published at 10 minutes past every hour;
  • Morna Findlay will more than likely want to publish 'cool' content (audio and video files) on her web site for schools. Currently, inserting a gif image in one of our pages means editing raw html, which is time consuming.
  • admin staff should be able to create on-line forms (for example, for events that require registration) and we should also have a on-line booking system for all the School's meeting rooms;
  • the CMS should generate an event calendar for both internal and external audiences. All admin staff in the School (or one admin from each Institute support team) should be able to contribute to the events calendar, which should link into the room booking system;
  • it might be handy if Informatics had a kind of bulletin board on its web pages where people could advertise all kinds of things: e.g. flat available, baby-sitter needed, selling furniture etc. I could imagine this would be used a lot by staff and students.

-- SteveRenals - 09 May 2007


Notes from the meeting


Topic attachments
I Attachment Action Size Date Who Comment
pdfpdf Dawnellis.pdf manage 509.7 K 29 May 2007 - 08:54 CraigStrachan  
swfswf InfRequirements.swf manage 79.8 K 25 May 2007 - 13:05 NeilBrown Flash version of just the Survey and Requirements slides
pdfpdf InfRequirementsNotes.pdf manage 62.7 K 25 May 2007 - 13:04 NeilBrown Survey and Requirements slides plus notes
pdfpdf cms-presentation.pdf manage 532.8 K 25 May 2007 - 11:14 CraigStrachan Slides for the CMS presentation
Topic revision: r8 - 29 May 2007 - 08:55:35 - CraigStrachan
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