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 UNT Web sites and Web Applications Need to be Registered by May 31

By Maurice Leatherbury, Associate Vice President and Chief Technology Officer

The World Wide Web is one of UNT's greatest resources for providing information and services to our university community and the world at large, but it also poses one of the university's largest information management challenges. That's especially true when it comes to maintaining the currency and accessibility of web-based information and ensuring web-based information is secure.

Consequently, we are pleased to announce an important collaboration between University Relations, Communications and Marketing and the Computing and Information Technology Center to improve the quality and security of web sites and web-related services throughout the university -- a web registration system that will allow URCM and CITC to audit web sites and make recommendations to the members of our community who are responsible for site design, implementation and maintenance.

All web sites and web applications that comprise UNT's web presence will now be registered through a central site registration system located at https://web3.unt.edu/siteregistration. Site registrations will be updated annually and new web sites or redesigned web sites will be registered and approved before they are made public.

The web registration process, required for all university web sites and web applications, takes only a few minutes and collects basic information, including the site's URL, contact information for responsible parties, audience(s) served, and the identification of web forms and the types of information the forms are designed to collect.

Furthermore, as is stated on Announce.unt.edu in the Administration section:

For more information on the university's graphic branding; web accessibility, quality of content and search engine visibility issues; and the approval of new and redesigned web sites, contact Kenn Moffitt, Director of Online Communications and Creative Services by phone at x3476 or send e-mail to Moffitt@unt.edu .

The web registration process, required for all university web sites and web applications, takes only a few minutes and collects basic information, including the site's URL, contact information for responsible parties, audience(s) served, and the identification of web forms and the types of information the forms are designed to collect.

Please ensure that all web sites and web applications within your school, college or division are registered no later than May 31, 2008.

The central registry will permit the URCM and CITC to leverage the divisions expertise and available technologies to ensure:

  • Security Compliance - Forms and web applications that collect data must be compliant with federal and state laws and university policies to ensure that constituent information is protected. Web sites and forms will be reviewed for compliance and will be scanned by CITC to validate that proper security practices are in place.
     
  • Branding and Identity - Web sites must follow the guidelines of the university’s Institutional Brand Identity Policy, which ensures the appropriate use of the university's graphic identity. Sites will be checked periodically by URCM for compliance.
     
  • Accessibility - Federal and state laws and regulations and the university's Web Accessibility Policy ensures that visitors requiring special accommodations are able to utilize web sites and web services. Sites and applications will be scanned periodically by URCM to ensure guidelines are being followed and site technologies are providing equal or equivalent access to information and resources.
     
  • Quality of Site Content - Hundreds of thousands of information pages are available on UNT's many web sites, offering a variety of information to web visitors. URCM will periodically audit sites to identify outdated content, broken links, misspellings, etc., and inform responsible parties of concerns.
     
  • Search Engine Visibility - Search engines are widely utilized by the university's constituents to locate information and services. The registration of all web sites will ensure ready access to information and identify outdated web sites.

In the coming months, both URCM and CITC will be taking an in-depth look at web issues across the institution with the purpose of identifying additional steps that can be taken to improve the quality of UNT's web presence.

Meanwhile, we thank you for ensuring that the web sites in your school, college or division are registered by the required date. Your cooperation contributes to an overall web presence that favorably and competitively positions our university in the higher education marketplace and beyond.

For information on security compliance, visit the Information Security website located at http://www.unt.edu/security . Or, send email to security@unt.edu .

For more information on the university's graphic branding; web accessibility, quality of content and search engine visibility issues; and the approval of new and redesigned web sites, contact Kenn Moffitt, Director of Online Communications and Creative Services by phone at x3476 or send e-mail to Moffitt@unt.edu .

Questions?

InHouse recently published an article, "Questions answered about web site registration due May 31," that answers some frequently asked questions on this topic such as:

  • I’ve never had to register a web site before, why now?
  • After registering a web site, what can I expect?
  • Which web sites need to be registered?
  • Who has to actually register the web site?
  • Do faculty have to register their own web sites?

For answers to these questions and more click here to see the article.


Originally published, May 2008 --  Please note that information published in Benchmarks Online is likely to degrade over time, especially links to various Websites. To make sure you have the most current information on a specific topic, it may be best to search the UNT Website - http://www.unt.edu . You can also search Benchmarks Online - http://www.unt.edu/benchmarks/archives/back.htm as well as consult the UNT Helpdesk - http://www.unt.edu/helpdesk/ Questions and comments should be directed to
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