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Web Task Force Accomplishments (08/09 Academic Year)

High-Level Functional Categories

 
Interactivity
Photo Galleries
         Audio/Photo Slideshows
         Audio Downloads/Podcasting
         Audio Streaming
         Commenting
         Timeline
         Flash Maps
         WiKis
         Forums
         Tagging (TK)
         Search
         Blogs
         Sharing/Social Bookmarking
 
Portability
         RSS
         E-Book for Download/Kindle
 
Internal Communications
Calendar
         LawCal
         RSS
         LDAP-enabled account automation and accessibility
 
External Communications
Blogs
 
Efforts Supporting Information Seekers           
         RSS
         Calendar
         Search
         Tagging
 
Metrics           
         Customer Satisfaction
         Repatriation
         Comments
         Huffington Post Link
         User Feedback
           
Infrastructure Improvements
LDAP
         Staging Server
         RTSB Version Upgrade from 6.1 to 6.3:
o   Major Improvements to Admin Interface allowing us to build Articles Administration for Magazine        
o   New JavaScript framework        
o   Commenting framework
o   New Ajax capabilities throughout site
o   Friendly URL capability
 
 
 
Projects Executed:
 
  • November 2008: Columbia Law School Website Facelift
    • Homepage and 4000+ interior pages received new design and functionality.
    • Homepage utilizing CMS News module to populate news stories and video clips to the site. 
  • December 2008: Staging Server implemented by IT to allow on-demand and project-driven development and optimization of the CMS
  • RTSB Version Upgrade from V. 6.1 to 6.3
    • February 2009: Inaugural issue of In re Alumni e-newsletter designed, implemented and sent to 40,000 Columbia Law School alumni. 
    • Elicited the following feedback from an alum: This is the best email communication I think I've ever received from the law school.”
  • February 2009: New Alumni Relations site launched in CMS
    • Features new design, photo galleries, audio download
  • February 2009: New Alumni Reunion site launched in CMS
    • Features audio remarks, photo galleries, new design elements and functionality enabled by native CMS modules.
  • March 2009: Columbia Law School Magazine Online designed and launched in the CMS
    • Reader comments encouraged for first-time ever at Columbia Law School
    • Magazine site included online exclusive content and interactive features including dynamic maps, videos, photo galleries and an interactive timeline for Columbia Law School’s Sesquicentennial celebrations
    • Site underpinned by user-friendly Articles Module native to the RTSB CMS configured by Web Communications
  • April 2009: New blog designs delivered for official Blogs@Columbia Law School
  • April 2009: CalBot email template design using custom CMS view
  • RSS Feeds in CMS for Columbia Law School calendars
  • May 2009: Huffington Post links to SCOTUS story in online magazine
    • Link resulted in 129 unique visits to the Magazine from that referrer. 
  • May 2009: Gender & Sexuality Law Program site brought back into the CMS. 
  • May 2009: Graduation website launched in CMS using Magazine site as design inspiration. 
  • May 2009: Curriculum Guide Business Layer Java libraries integrated into CMS
    • Will enable development of new Curriculum Guide design utilizing CMS capabilities to combine and present various academic assets
  • Google Custom Search Engine on www.law.columbia.edu 
  • Desktop Software upgrade to better utilize the new web services
  • Admitted Students Network (AdmitNet): AdmitNet is the Law School’s online network for incoming students
  • Online Photo Submission for students
  • Forums. The Law school’s Forum was re-launched.
  • LAWERING IN THE DIGITAL AGE CLINIC
    • Implemented Town and Village Justice site on Claroline system
    • Implemented LDA Clinic site on Claroline system
    • Migrated NY Courts system to CLS server
  • MIGRATE AND UPGRADED WWW2.LAW.COLUMBIA.EDU
    • Virtualized new space on IBM Bladecenter
    • Revised dead-end link and URL redirect strategy
    • Moved Student Group Website infrastructure from University space to www2.law.columbia.edu and/or blogs.law.columbia.edu
  • LIBRARY SYSTEMS
    • Migrated Library recap system from old www2 to new www2 on Bladecenter
    • Migrated remaining content to Bladecente
    • recap.law.columbia.edu for new Recap system
    • libdev.law.columbia.edu for library development
  • UPGRADED MEDIA.LAW.COLUMBIA.EDU
    • This improves our ability to handle audio and video on the web
  • Blogs@columbia.edu
    • Gender and Sexuality Blog
    • Gender and Sexuality Law Blog 
    • JD admissions Blog
    • News You Can Use Student Blog
  • EMAIL
    • Implemented user-sided control of SPAM into new web-based Antispam system
    • Upgrade emails servers and clients to latest versions in order to take advantage of RSS feeds, widgets and other web 2.0 features.
    • Desktop Campaign manager: Campaign manager for mass e-mail distribution, particularly, HTML e- mails for events, conferences, etc.
  • IMPLEMENTED LDAP AUTHENTICATION ACROSS THE FOLLOWING SERVICES
    • CLS website: www.law.columbia.edu
    • Blogs@CLS: blogs.law.columbia.edu
    • www2.law.columbia.edu
    • Wiki: https://wiki.law.columbia.edu
  • IMPLEMENTED SINGLE SIGN ON/OFF (SSO) MODULE ACROSS THE FOLLOWING SERVICES:
    • Lawnet: http://www.law.columbia.edu/lawnet
    • Blogs: blogs.law.columbia.edu

       
 
CMS Functionality Configuration and Development To Date:
 
Columbia Law School Magazine (online edition)
Homepage
Custom layout
Custom view
Magazine Articles
RTSB Articles module
RTSB Comments module
RTSB Profiles module (for related faculty)
Custom layout
Custom articles and comments views
Photo Slideshows
RTSB Files module
Custom layout
Custom view
Audio Slideshows
RTSB Articles module
RTSB Files module
Custom layout
Custom view
Photo Gallery
RTSB Gallery module
Custom view
Video Embed Widget
RTSB All-Purpose Content module
Custom module configuration
Custom view
Custom Flash player
Audio Embed Widget
RTSB All-Purpose Content module
Custom module configuration
Custom view
Custom Flash player
RSS
RTSB RSS module
Custom views for articles feed and multimedia feed, and podcast feed
Multimedia Timelines
RTSB Articles module
RTSB All-Purpose Content module
Custom layout
Custom view
Custom Flash presentation (XML configurable)
Podcasts/Vodcasts
RTSB All-Purpose Content Module
RTSB RSS module
Custom module configuration
Custom view
Online Essay Book
Mobile book editions (Kindle, ePub, Text)
Sample chapters online (Issuu.com)
Custom layout
Custom view
Social Networking Sharing / Online Bookmarking
Custom view
Integration with AddThis! or similar service
Email to a Friend
RTSB EmailMgr controller
Custom layout
Custom views (form and result page)
 
Alumni Reunion
Homepage and pages
Custom layout
Video Embed Widget
RTSB All-Purpose Content module
Custom module configuration
Custom view
Custom Flash player
Audio Embed Widget
RTSB All-Purpose Content module
Custom module configuration
Custom view
Custom Flash player
Photo Gallery (and upload feature)
RTSB Gallery module
RTSB Files module
RTSB Workflow module
RTSB Microsites utilization
Custom view
 
Alumni E-Newsletter
Template
RTSB All-Purpose Content module
Custom RTSB layout
 
Lawcal
Template
Custom View
Enhancement to allow iCal feeds for all event calendars on the CMS
 
                 
General
Enhancement to the WYSIWYG editor to allow for spell checking in Firefox
Enhancement to the video player on the homepage to conform to the 16:9 aspect ration format
Enhancement to allow for the syndication of Magazine content onto the School homepage
Addition of a new component to allow for short URLs with analytics (similar to services like tr.im) to School pages
Configured a new component to allow for commenting on articles and content on the School website
Addition of a new component to allow for on-the-fly text graphics