Background of the Web CMS Process

In fall 2009, Drupal, an open-source content management system was selected and technical and architecture teams were established. The technical team has been working to prepare the server(s) and software that will become the final product. There are many options and modules that can be added to Drupal, which provide the features and capabilities the university needs for its large and complex web presence. In late spring 2010, the architecture team selected Dynamic Diagrams, Providence, RI, to begin a comprehensive examination and evaluation of the organizational structure (information architecture) of the university’s Web site. This was identified as a key step in the Web CMS process to ensure that the university's Web site is organized and structured in a way that will aid the institution in meeting its strategic goals and provide a structure for managing the growth and development of the site in the years ahead. In the winter of 2010-2011, Dynamic Diagrams completed the information architecture work and delivered a set of wireframes that serves as the framework for the creation of the visual redesign of the university's Web site.

Members of the achitecture team or CMS Working Group include:

  • Stephen Houser, Executive Director for Computing Services
  • Robin McGlauflin, Web Support Specialist
  • David Nutty, Director of University Libraries
  • John Warren, Library Assistant II
  • Amy Gieseke, Coordinator of Online Student Extended Academic Programs
  • Wayne Cowart, Professor of Linguistics
  • Monica Chau, Web Designer, Marketing and Brand Management