Websites are too often overlooked when planning ways to improve communication and outreach. This is due, in part, to the effort involved in redesigning a website and how they typically evolve, with many contributors and limited resources to manage and organize the content.
In addition, like all other aspects of information technology
(IT), the tools and best practices for websites are rapidly
changing, and staying at the forefront of these developments can be
I am pleased to report that by leveraging UB’s new Content Management System (UBCMS) and a unique partnership between University Communications, the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, and Computer and Information Technology, UB’s Information Technology website has been completely redesigned with an emphasis on better meeting the needs of the entire UB community. Similarly, the website for the Center for Computational Research has been redesigned and implemented in the UBCMS.
It’s important to note that the new websites are not merely the result of providing a “fancier wrapper” around the existing content, but rather rethinking the way we deliver content and optimizing it for dissemination on the Web. New features include:
I hope you will find our new websites helpful and well-designed. While we have gone to great lengths to ensure all links are up-to-date, links outside the UBIT and CCR sites may need updating. Please let us know whenever this occurs so we can address it promptly. I also strongly encourage you to use the feedback forms on each webpage, which will help us continue improving our content and how it’s delivered to you.
While this effort involved many IT professionals, I want to especially acknowledge the efforts of Rick Lesniak, Linda Kingsbury, Dennis Reed Jr., Valerie Priester, Bethany Gladkowski, Kevin Kydd and Dori Sadjak.
Of course, improving our websites is not the only thing occupying CIT and the Nodes over the past several months. Indeed, as this newsletter shows, we have been quite busy working on virtual PCs in public labs, plans for IPv6, improvements in VoIP, and much more.
VITEC Solutions services both personal and department-owned computers and iProduct devices; visit their drop-off depot in the Lockwood 2nd Floor Cybrary or call 800-333-1075. You can also request office pick-up for UB-owned equipment. Track your repair status.
UB’s top-level website, Buffalo.edu, was recently given the gold award in the 2012 Circle of Excellence competition sponsored by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education. CIT was a key partner in the development of the underlying CMS system.
Computing and Information Technology at UB is more than 40 years
old. Here’s a look back at the Interface
newsletter from June 1970. (Please note: this PDF file includes
perturbations natural to the duplication process at the