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March 24, 2008

Anyone else run across/wondering:

*Run across bios that are fused together: top half is one author, bottom half another?
*How much leeway in editing things like, "emotion and sincerity in her writing, traits that are uniquely American"?
*How much time do we want to spend fixing/copyediting the pages as we get them ready for the switchover?

March 12, 2008

Instructions for switching over

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These instructions are slightly updated; however, they have been tainted by my PC. You can also find the instructions in the /VG for CLA Redesign/ folder on the Mac desktop.
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Please read through these instructions; let me know if any of it doesn't make sense. They're my version of the CLA-OIT instructions (most of it's been approved by Programmer Dan over there).

*I'm taking A-F to begin with (although I've only gotten through about 12 in the As so far).
*Adam and Brianna are taking T-Z.
*Please suggest below what letters you might take, clarifications needed in the instructions, etc. Thanks!

Some Video Resources

Media Mill


An example of sharing a VideoAnt with others for editing

An example of sharing a VideoAnt in a view only format

One site that can help with converting video to usable format

More to come soon!

March 10, 2008

Redesign & Giving Content

The CLA-OIT web team WILL work with us to create an updated VG site.

The Good: The technical stuff will be handled by capable web designers and developers whose job it is to make websites in CLA. They know a lot about web design and web architecture. And, they can implement a site that is sustainable whether we have four RAs working or just one humble volunteer. Here's a list of recent work they've done (I particularly like elements of Asian L & L and PoliSci). They've done a number of department websites, so in some ways we present a new challenge for them since our site is a different species.

Asian Languages and Literatures
Political Science

The Bad:

First of all, CLA can't begin working on the site until May. What we can do in the meantime is get all the content in updated and ready. (Marcia has made a wonderful tutorial on how to format the content for Microsoft Word according to the web team's standards).

Secondly, by going with CLA, we move from off-the-radar to on-the-radar in terms of being an 'official' U site. On the plus side, that means our website will meet the best accessibility standards so that visitors with special needs or visitors with slower internet connections will still be able to interact with our site. BUT, this also means we have to have the U's "universal header" in maroon and gold at the top of our page. Asian L&L snuck in one of the last integrated headers, but from now on the header has to be like it is on the English mainpage.

Marcia and I have worked up a basic draft of the navigational hierarchy, which I will bring to the meeting on Wed.

I also met with Emily Paulson about the giving content. I'll talk about that on Wed. There are some ways we might improve the language of the giving content, which is another thing we can discuss on Wed.

March 6, 2008

meeting with CLA-OIT

I will work up a comprehensive report on the pros & cons, ups & downs, etc of my meeting with Karen and Dan last Wednesday. It looks like this semester we should put our efforts into getting the current content updated and polished in prep for redesign. More to come on that tomorrow and in the meeting next week.

In other news, we have had 10,000 visitors in the last 3 days! Zora Neale Hurston is our most viewed writer this the week.

March 3, 2008

Transcription tools

It does seem that the most popular transcription software is Naturally Speaking. In order to be sure that this is the right product and any other necessary tools I do need to know what digital recorder is being used. Could someone let me know?

Look around the site I link to above to get more information on transcription and recording tools and how they might be useful to us.