March 01, 2006

Case Network Start

Writing about web page http://start.case.edu/

I follow Jeremy Smith's blog quite closely as the IT people at CASE are quite similar to us at Warwick. They have got quite a lot of interesting systems such as blogs and wikis and SSO, etc…

Jeremy recently linked to their Start page which is a central page that provides links to services and aggregations from various services. It is basically a portal at the end of the day but a nice one :)

This is just the kind of thing we could/should have at Warwick as they have also obviously recently got into the whole new wave of Javascript/DHTML/Ajax as you can edit the layout of the portal with nice drag and drop effects. Of course how you edit these things is not what's important.

What is important is that we now have enough content from many different sources at Warwick that we can start making these kind of portal pages useful. When my.insite first appeared we just didn't have the content to make it much more than a useful entry point for file storage and email. We now have lots and lots of great services and content that ITS and others have built over the last 2 or 3 years. I don't think my.insite is the right place for these services, but there has to be an easier way to help our users find all this great stuff than just trawling through the quite boring and text heavy ITS website.

When we did the publicty for Warwick Blogs we got the word out really well, but there is no really easy way for staff and students to get information about all of our services in a similar way. Of course we can't do big publicity campaigns for everything, but we could do just one more big push for a great central aggregator and link page (we could call that a portal I guess).


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  1. Robert O'Toole

    I just looked at the CASE "portal". First thoughts were "how dull". Then I noticed that it's full of things that I might be interested in, such as "Subversion & Trac", a hosting service for open source software developed at CASE (why don't we do that!).

    But i'm not sure that much of this would be of interest to the wider university population. And worse still, why would anyone come back to that page often? No personalisation, so little relevant to me. And little indication of what's new and interesting.

    My suggestion is (and i've made this many times), that we have a university portal based on the Warwick Blogs homepage, which is always interesting and fresh.

    04 Mar 2006, 20:37

  2. Gregory Szorc

    I am a programmer for start.case.edu. The current version is simply a technology preview. It is also not the official university portal. The official portal is at my.case.edu. What is currently at start.case.edu is basically a proof-of-concept that a few students and I put together in our spare time. The site originally started as a static site listing popular services at Case— a springboard if you will. We later decided to add all the AJAX and make it like a portal.

    05 Mar 2006, 00:55


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