Friday, July 17, 2009
Part two is an update to Improving our findability posted March 10, 2009.
So, what’s new?
Here’s a quick summary of what’s taken place with the Calvin.edu Web Project since early spring:
- The launch of Calvin’s new Google Mini Search Appliance (GSA). If you haven’t already kicked-the-tires, by all means please do! The search results now include:
- upcoming events
- building names and addresses
- phone directory information
- course descriptions
- and named scholarships
- A redesign of the People Search to improve readability and whitespace
- The A-Z Index now includes building, apartment, and residence hall names
- Consistent navigation between site tools (Search Calvin, A-Z Index, People, and Maps)
A big "thank you" goes to Calvin international relations major Gabe Bell. Gabe optimized the Google Mini by modifying its front-end, pairing search terms with Web pages, defining related queries, and building five "OneBox Modules" to provide targeted search results (see above). If you see Gabe on-campus, please congratulate him on a job well done.
What’s next you ask?
Jonathan Laughlin is reviewing open-source content management systems; Allison Graff, Erin Bryant, and Joy’l Ver Heul are re-vamping top-level content, particularly in student life and admissions pages; and Luke tweaks the Calvin Web template and global navigation (take a peek).
And, there’s always spring cleaning =)
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