You have put a tremendous amount of work into the new Web Content Management System (Web CMS) that will become the University's primary Web presence next week. Your work is what enables us to take the next step, to make the "beta" website live.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011 between 6 and 8 a.m. your work will be made available to the world as: usm.maine.edu.
A monumental amount of effort has gone into the development of USM's next generation website. Your work and time has been essential to getting us where we are now. Unfortunately it's not yet where we need it to be for an effective, public, launch. The content reviews that have been conducted revealed some gaps in critical content that need to be filled before our new site is accessed by students and others in the community.
Over the next few weeks, we will literally march through the major tabs (content areas) on the new website and work with you to fill in those gaps. More details and the schedule for these focused efforts are shown below. Please be aware of the schedule, and ready to complete or polish your content where needed. Using the content area tabs, perform a self-review and proofread in advance of your scheduled week.
In order to keep moving forward, we will have a "beta" launch tomorrow, May 19. This step will make the new USM Web CMS site visible to the entire University community and give everyone the opportunity to preview the work that has been done and contribute to resolving any gaps in the content.
We have no doubt that the new website, with its new information architecture, new design, and the content you have built will be an important step forward for the University. We are similarly confident that the focused review and finalization steps over the next few weeks will allow us to launch a site which we will all be proud of.
Stephen Houser Executive Director for Computing Services
Schedule Details Each week we will be focusing in on a particular content area. We will also be reviewing for readiness the area of focus for the following week. These are in the same priority order set out earlier with only a few minor changes.