Overview and Strategy
Websites can be an increasingly valuable part of Society operations
and Member experience (e.g., the Pareja paper review system). The
role of Online Editor was established not only to maintain the
website, but also to continue improving it and to make it more
useful. A big part of the job will involve evangelizing, recruiting
others to contribute their time and energy, and coordinating
Plotting a course for going forward has involved: assessing the
website's current state; brainstorming possible improvements; and
evaluating the features of several software tools. The experience
has led to the formulation of three high-level objectives for
Society website(s) going forward:
- Make the Society website(s) more central. Leverage existing content,
in web-readable forms.
- Enable Member-contributed content, e.g., news, events, tutorials,
discussions. Put the right infrastructure in place, e.g., a content
management system (CMS).
- Prioritize and staff larger projects, e.g., BoG and Committee
document repositories, Pareja and arXiv integration, Symposium and
Book archives, ....
In the near term, there will be at least two main Society websites,
the official website (http://www.itsoc.org/) and a development
website (http://itsoc.ee.nd.edu). We will pursue a parallel
strategy of updating the content on the official website, separating
content from presentation, and evaluating and demonstrating new
functionality on the development website.
Input and assistance are encouraged from all Society Members, but
especially from Officers and BoG Members. Note that this report has discussion
enabled, so you can login and insert comments at the bottom of this page. You can
also email feedback to webmaster AT itsoc DOT org .
- Brainstorming with fellow Officers, BoG members
- Took over official website
- Effective April 1, 2006
- Numerous updates
- Setup development website
- Early April, 2006
- Several beta-testers
- Trying to order dedicated development server
- June Newsletter article
- Study current website statistics (http://www.itsoc.org/~jnl/stats/)
- Prioritize updating of important, i.e., frequently-visited, content
- Plan removal or replacement of unimportant and/or outdated content
- Separate content from presentation (XHTML + CSS)
- Revision control, backups
- Major overhauls/updates of information
- Setup processes for user-contributed content, updates
- Regular Newsletter Authors (President, Treasurer, Historian,
- Newsletter, Publications Editors
- IT Student Committee
Society Content Worth Concentrating on the Website
- Newsletter Articles, not just entire Issues
- Journal Archives, e.g., Parity Computing
- Shannon/Plenary Lecture Videos, e.g., ISIT 2005 Shannon Lecture
- Conference Proceeding Archives?
- Conference Websites?
- Digital Book Library?
- arXiv updates, or our own Preprint Repository?
Some Concerns with the Current Website(s)
- The Society generates a great deal of "content", but this
information has not been targeted for the web (except perhaps as an
afterthought), or has otherwise been separate from the main website.
- The main website looks nice from the outside, but the lack of
separation of content from presentation in the files effectively
prevents Member-contributed content and ease of maintenance.
- The Society pays ~$70/month for web hosting with Interland, and lack
of disk space could soon become a problem.
- Some content is very out of date, inconsistently formatted,
infrequently visited, or all of the above.