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March 01, 2006

Case Network Start

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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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