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2013 Site Adminstrators Meetings and Open Labs

May 15, 2013 SAM Recap



Sam Prasad, Juan Peralta, Aaron Ho, Ali Reimer, David Dawson, Jerry Aquino, Teri Escobar, Dave Machado, Marc Ramos, Mike Nuttall, Jen Ferrari, Zina Kunan, Heidi Williams, Michelle Cwirko-Godycki, Nadia Sobnom, Patrick Dutcher, Matt Simpson, Augustin Ruiz, Christi Shaw, Cara Uy, Jefferson Dela Cruz, Clay Hamilton, Christine Garvale, Russ Morris.

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Clay and Mike showed off the shiny new Ignatian Center site that launched recently. The project began near the end of Summer 2012, with site/responsive design being handled by an outside firm. Clay and Mike carried on internal conversations about clean up of the Information Architecture, opting to abandon a lot of old, outdated content with a new organization scheme.

The site is extremely dynamic, displaying like content in multiple places with different styles using the blog element and tags. This amounts to a mini-cms within Commonpsot, but is an efficient way to use and re-use content.

They also talked about maintaining the new site going forward, with plans underway for setting up a system of governance, assembling a 'how-to' manual for updates, and creating a flexible publilcation schedule.

Clay talked about the site's consistency with OMC developed Ignatian Center print collateral, and the importance of that cohesiveness to their constituents.

It was great to hear so many questions from the group! Thanks again to Clay and Michael for their presentation.


Replication and Performance

I've noticed issues with Commonspot performance for a few weeks, which prompted me to ask Brian what might be causing such slow response to simple tasks, you know, like publishing! He replied that it's likely due to the new 'every 15 minutes' replication schedule we're using. He also noted that he's testing a newer version of Commonspot, which may take care of the problem.

Teri Escobar

Technology Training, Commonspot 6 Classes

Teri shared with the group that a recent Technology Training Commonspot class she offered had 12 sign-ups and of those, only two had communicated to her that they would not attend. The others were no-shows. Not good! She's considering switching to office hours by appointment for individual assistance.

If you have suggestions for Technology Training feel free to contact them using the Contact Us form.

- Exploring the Blog Element, May 20, Register
- Exploring the Survey Element, June 5, 2:15 pm, Register

Printer Orchestra

Cool Stuff

If you see anything out on the interwebs that absolutely must be shared with the group, please email me the URL and I'll add it to the next agenda!

- The Evolution of Web Design | Info Graphic
- Create a Map with (From Heidi Williams!)
- Chris Hadfield wrings out a wet washcloth in space
- Printer Orchestra
- Team rebuilding world's first website | Cern
- What most schools don't teach |