Well, we’ve been live for six days now and I’m happy to say that the only major complaints we’ve received are about the weather page. That, in my not so humble opinion, is pretty darn cool. In an obsessive way that can only be attributed to those of us who understand just how big a role the weather plays here in Ithaca. (Even I will admit to checking the live view to see what it’s like outside while working diligently in my windowless office.)
This week has seen a flurry of updates to the site. We’ve done pushes to production every day to correct errors, make changes, and add departments or other links that were accidentally omitted. Ted Tuazon and I have achieved a near mind-meld status in this process and you all should give him a big round of applause for not having a psychotic break because of it.
News Headlines: Give US 10 Minutes, We’ll Give you Cornell
As for the news headlines, you’re right, Dan. They should be changing more than once a week. We’re scheduled to push new ones this evening (in our regularly scheduled weekly update), but we all agree that four times a month is not enough. Thing is, we’re also all new to this type of model for a website. It’s going to take us a while to make it happen like clockwork. I can tell you this, though: an administrative tool to handle this very problem is in development for Phase 2. We need to be able to make changes to those headlines on a moment’s notice. We also need to figure out the best way to work with the News Service to make that process flow smoothly. Be patient, all. We’ve just taken a giant leap forward for Cornell?now it’s time to figure out how to make those small steps for man.
A Map of the World
Let me see if I can channel Thomas Richardson for a moment in answering some of the questions about the map on the front page.
As I recall, there are plans to expand this map to include the other Cornell locations (Washington, Arecibo, Rome, Mars?). And?I’m sorry, but that’s all Thomas is willing to share with me from the great beyond. We must have angered his spirit somewhere along the way. Perhaps there are disbelievers among us.
I’ll do some research on this and get back to you guys with specifics, okay?
A Picture is Worth A Thousand Words
Nicola brings up some excellent points about crediting University Photography for the amazing work they have done generating the beautiful images on the site. I spoke with her privately about this, but I want to make sure they get the public recognition they deserve.
UPhoto has been providing images for cornell.edu since its inception. You (and we) have them to thank for 99% of the views of campus that have been presented over the years. How about another round of applause?
The credits page on the site needs work. And we need to figure out a good way to make sure that they (and the freelancers) get acknowledged for their contributions. This is high on my personal (and ever-growing) list of things to do for Phase 2.
A Room With a View
Folks have been asking about the addition of web cams. Two things:
1. If you know of some, submit them! Just make sure they’re Cornell related. I for one, would love to know if our compatriots in Doha, NY, and the rest of the world have campus cams of their own. I think those would be great additions to the site.
2. The “Duffield Cam” was struck by lightning (no escape from the weather!!) recently and is in for repairs. The kind folks at Engineering inform me that it will be returned to working condition soon.
I’d like to thank all the students that have emailed me expressing interest in participating in the management of the Student Life page. When I have a spare moment to think, or, you know, breathe, I’ll be getting back to you all individually with information on “the plan”.
P.S. According to Monday’s Daily Sun, I am now the VP for Communications and Media Relations. Someone kindly tell that Tommy Bruce fellow to get his stuff out of my office? I’m on my way to OHR to bang on doors about an increase in salary commensurate with my new responsibilities to the university. I need to get this through before Andy Guess and his crew print the correction!