1. New Computing and Communication Site
On February 27, ITSS and SUL/AIR released an update to the Stanford
Web's Computing and Communication pages (available by clicking on
"computing" in the black square at the top of Stanford's
top level Web pages or by going directly to http://www.stanford.edu/home/computing/).
This site, often referred to as "CompComm", is the central
source for information on the Web about Stanford's technology-based
tools, from software and servers to cell phones and networks.
The update introduced four new features to make the pages more
comprehensive, up-to-date, searchable, and topical:
ALPHABETICAL LIST OF SERVICES -- Now Computing and Communication
has an alphabetical catalog of technology services that includes
descriptions and links to provider Web sites, making it easy to
browse for information when you're not absolutely sure what it's
called or under which category it might be listed.
FEEDBACK FORM -- To keep Computing and Communication up-to-date
and responsive to the community's needs, the designers implemented
an easy-to-use feedback form on each of the site's 25 pages that
invites users to submit any service that may be missing from the
site, solicits general comments, and gives the user the option of
a simple "useful" or "not useful" vote. (The
"CompComm" team also
welcomes your feedback directly via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.)
FOCUSED SEARCH -- The new site uses an internal, database-driven
search function to provide results that are more focused and
accompanied by more helpful descriptions than what you might find
from other search services.
HIGHLIGHTED SERVICES AND EVENTS -- Once every two weeks, Computing
and Communication's top page is updated with a new "spotlight"
article about a technology-related service, course, research project,
or event of interest to the community.