Over the years DoIT has formed a partnership with Institutional Advancement and the campus in terms of support for UMBC’s web presence. DoIT is not responsible for content but does provide the infrastructure for our web presence on campus. Some of our services are free and some are done as part of the New Media Studio and are charge back services. Below is a summary of what we provide along with a quick comparison table.
- Sites.umbc.edu – This is our new wordpress environment that is linked to myUMBC groups. This tool should be the primary tool for departments, sub-units, research groups that want to create web sites that are easy to maintain. This tool allows web pages to be updated through a web browser and requires little training. This tool is designed to follow the university web standards for design, meets accessibility requirements under Section 508, and is mobile friendly.
- myUMBC - DoIT develops the myUMBC portal for the campus. Departments or organizations can leverage the myUMBC groups functionality to provide information about news, events, or provide video. myUMBC groups support student clubs and organization, some of our campus senates, and numerous departments. myUMBC group content is used to power the new web environment sites.umbc.edu (see below).
- Wiki – DoIT has a site license for the Confluence Wiki product. The wiki product provides a tool that is easy to develop information (the DoIT FAQ site utilizes the Wiki) that can be used for either a public information site or as internal documentation site. The limitations on the wiki is that you don’t have control of design.
- Custom web design – The New Media Studio does custom web design, including web programming, for departments and research groups. This design work includes developing the organization and structure of the web site and then working with the department to develop a design that they feel is appropriate. These web sites require experience with tools such as Dreamweaver or Contribute.
- www.umbc.edu – DoIT oversees the infrastructure supporting the primary campus web servers. This infrastructure is provided to support institutional advancement and the main campus web site as well as some departmental or divisional web sites. This environment requires someone familiar with web tools and standards and most entities using this do so by working with institutional advancement or the New Media Studio.
- Google Sites/Blogger – Students wishing to have a personal web page may use their UMBC account to create a Google Site under our Google Apps for Education license. Those wishing to have a blogging tool should look at Google blogger.
- Userpages.umbc.edu – Userpages was our original web development environment launched in the mid-90’s to support people on campus creating individual web sites. Userpages is not recommended for new web sites and is being maintained primarily to support legacy web pages developed by faculty. Our plans are to transition this over time but no formal plan or timeline has been developed and approved by IT governance.
Video development and deployment is done through the New Media Studio. UMBC has many options for deployment of video on campus — these include a UMBC YouTube channel, presence on iTunes University, Vimeo, and myUMBC. DoIT operates a TV studio with video editing tools and staff trained in their use. For more information, visit the New Media Video Production web site.