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Hello everyone,
we need your opinion in our new web-strategy, which we jokingly call "web yourself". It means that any member of the Department's stuff will now be personaly responsible for their profile, not the staff of our United editorial board. There will also be a special person in each Chair or other subdivision responsible for it's page on the new web-site (the old version is here). And the editorial stuff will be resposible for the control and approval the publications (especially news) for the main page. The questions are:
1. do you use a similar scheme at your University?
2. do you think it can be a reasonable one?      

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We're slowly moving to a similar model on all our web properties. For 90% of our content it has resulted in an improvement. The other 10% though has become a headache of nearly biblical proportions when people, especially faculty, decide that not only do they not want to update certain information but that the information shouldn't be on the web at all.
Thank you for your comment. The next question is probably more important: What type of information on your users' point of view shouldn't be on the web at all? Bios? Contact details? Articles? Books? - For example, we have a real problem with specific academic content: people do not want to present their studies online because they are afraid this will be dangerous for those copy write. The thing is, that usually nobody pays them for their studies. And students scan their books and publish online themselves. So we have less content, less promo, less traffic, no good positions in Webometrix because of the little number of rich files.
We've had a web app since 2006 that allows faculty and staff to maintain their own "personnel pages" (bios, CV, etc.), which also have directory info direct from the main database (Jenzabar's HR module). This way no one has to manage creating pages when there's personnel turnover or changes and our department doesn't have to maintain the bio/CV info. We refer all inquiries about it to the HR department.

Most faculty and staff keep it updated without problems. In 2007 we did have to add the ability for department secretaries to be able to edit anyone in their department because some professors wouldn't/couldn't be bothered to update their own. Ever since then, though, it's been happily taking care of itself.

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