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Campus Web Steering Committee (CWSC). September 30, 2010. Agenda. New CWO Structure Brett Pollak & Emily Deere (10 minutes) TritonLink & Current Students Roadmap: Beth Surrell & Brett Pollak (10 minutes) Review Draft Mobile Strategy Brett Pollak (20 minutes)

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New CWO Structure

Brett Pollak & Emily Deere (10 minutes)

TritonLink & Current Students Roadmap:

Beth Surrell & Brett Pollak (10 minutes)

Review Draft Mobile Strategy

Brett Pollak (20 minutes)

Show & Tell: New & Redesigned Websites & Applications

Brett Pollak (20 minutes)

Review emergency procedures (if there is time)

Brett Pollak

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Emily Deere & Brett Pollak

New CWO Structure

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Campus Web Office


The purpose of the Campus Web Office is to provide tools and services that integrate UC San Diego Web content so campus information is more accessible to end users.


The CWO accomplishes this through…

  • Offering a centralized content management system

  • Templates that reflect campus branding for websites and web applications

  • Services & training to help UCSD departments and organizations get the most out of these tools.

  • Mobile development

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Current Projects

  • Online event form registration framework

  • Mobile framework

  • CMS upgrade to version 6.7.2

  • Enhance Campus-wide CMS Templates

  • RMP websites into Blink

  • UI Design for new SSO

  • Identify & train Blink content owners in CMS

    • Over 60 people trained since June

    • Blink now relatively self sustaining

  • Migrate websites to CMS

  • TritonLink redesign Phase 2

  • Giving website redesign

  • Online Giving redesign

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2 Year CWO Roadmap



In Process





UXT Project Design Requests

Migrate Websites to the CMS

Blink Operations

UXT UI Framework Support

Portal Services


UCPA Maintenance/Support

TritonLink & Current Students Redesign

Financial Apps UI

TL Phase 1

Giving Website Redesign

Mobile framework

Apply mobile framework to Student Apps

Online Giving UI

Online Giving Redesign Phase 1 & 2

Lightweight Event Form Framework

Maplink Upgrades

(Security)Timekeeping Roles Screens

CMS utilities

Phase 1

CMS utilities Phase 2

Search Enhancements

Calendar Enhancements

Enhance CMS Templates

Campus Website Refresh

CMS Sites Model

CMS upgrade

Move RMP into Blink

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Beth Surrell & Brett Pollak

TritonLink & Current students redesign

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Current Students & TritonLink


  • Migrate Current Students content to new campus-wide templates

  • Remove TL branding from content. Branding would only be on Current Students homepage.

  • Anticipate this may reduce concern of campus units that feel their content competes with TL branding


  • Update TritonLink tools to use latest version of the application decorator

  • The application portal (currently MyTritonLink tab)  requiring login will be enhanced

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Brett Pollak

Review Draft Mobile Strategy

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Current State

Currently use a vendor for apps and

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Since September, ‘09

  • Over 16,000 downloads of the iPod and Blackberry apps

  • Apps have been run over 200,000 times

  • No stats available for browser version

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What’s the issue?

Vendor bought out by Blackboard so mobile team’s efforts have been redirected

Any change or enhancement has to go through the vendor. This includes simply adding a link

“Locked in” to technical platform

Annual maintenance fee $$

Usage reporting is limited

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What are the options?

  • Find another vendor

    • Not many reputable vendors for this kind of thing

    • Issues of going through vendor for changes still exist

  • Develop a framework ourselves

    • Starting from scratch

    • Would need to enhance it ourselves to keep it up to date in a fast paced arena

  • Leverage an existing mobile framework

    • Non-University open source community for mobile is limited (OpenMobile, RhoMobile)

    • MIT framework is the most mature

    • UCLA framework is newer and approaches things differently

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Trends in mobile…

  • Moving away from downloadable apps to browser based frameworks

    • Why?...

      • Can’t keep pace with all the new platforms

        • iPhone, Android, Blackberry, iPad, etc.

      • Each vendor has different requirements and proprietary technology for constructing the app

      • Every enhancement needs to be approved by the vendor and “pushed” as an update to consumers

        • Long process

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Trends in mobile…

  • Moving to frameworks for the mobile browser

    • Why?...

      • Device agnostic

      • Mobile browsers becoming more sophisticated and can handle more dynamic interaction

        • Touch sensing, Geolocation

        • HTML 5 & CSS 3

      • Enhancements rolled out in real time

      • Less costly to maintain

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Different types of frameworks

  • Most frameworks are a package deal:

    • Server side and client side bundled together

    • This means all the stuff has to live on the same server.

    • Examples: Most open source and MIT framework

  • Client side framework

    • Platform independent.

    • Mobile Web Browser specific: optimized per device

    • Can be used for Web content (CMS) or Web applications

    • Example: UCLA Framework

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UCLA Framework

  • Keep it in the “UC Family”. 

  • UCLA is very open to having all the UC’s contribute to the core code and branches,

    • They have a governance structure in place

    • Monthly meetings to discuss strategy and new offerings

    • They are doing this the “right way”: great documentation, devoted to a long term strategy, looking ahead

  • Other UC campuses contributing to framework:

    • UC Riverside

    • UC Berkeley

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UCLA Framework

  • HTML is the primary driver so it can be used across different technologies

  • Markup:

    • Simplistic

    • Semantic

    • Degrades gracefully

    • Standards compliant (WC3)

  • Fully documented

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Next steps

  • Continue to evaluate frameworks

  • Proof of concept: test UCLA framework using our data (80% built out)

  • Determine if we can leverage framework code in iPhone & Blackberry apps.

  • Replace vendor with framework

  • Document & communicate

  • Create a roadmap for mobilizing student and other applications

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Brett Pollak

Show & tell: sites moved into CMS & enhancements

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Redesigns, New Sites & Webapps

Now live…

  • CREATE (May)

  • SD-CAB (June)

  • San Diego Writing Project (June)

  • Current Students Home Page (June)

  • Online Giving Redesign (July)

  • Program for Religion (August)

  • Chancellor’s 5K (August)

  • Disability Resources (August)

  • Philosophy (September)

  • Libraries (September)

  • Celebrate50 (September)

  • Physical Sciences (September)

Next up…

Social Sciences

Office of Graduate Studies


Math Department

Chemistry Department

Career Services Center

Literature Department

Conflict of Interest

Ethnic Studies Department

Literature Department

Psychology Department

Parents & Families

Research Portal

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Brett Pollak