First things first.
We really liked the idea that Silvia had about including weather on CUinfo. Check it out.
(Same deal as before: click on the image to open it large in a new window.)
Second things second.
I am really intrigued by the comments asserting that CUinfo is an internal web page.
It’s certainly true that cornell.edu and CUinfo have potentially different audiences, but, in my mind that’s not the same thing as an “internal” page versus an “external” page.
This summer, Diane took a trip to MIT to learn about how their web team built their News site. One of the things she discovered is that everything that we see when we go to any site with mit.edu in it is a truly external page with carefully crafted (and controlled) content. All of the proverbial meat of their site–the things that their staff and faculty and students use every day to navigate their way through life at MIT is behind a wall that the rest of the world can’t see. That, folks, is internal.
CUinfo has never been internal. In fact, for a very long time, when you typed in “www.cornell.edu”, what you got was CUinfo. It’s really only within the past five years or so that Cornell has developed “internal” and “external” home pages. (Trust me, I lived through that particular debacle with a view from the hot seat.)
I know what you’re thinking. Semantics. The girl is splitting hairs.
And maybe I am. But here’s the thing.
Unless we lock CUinfo down behind kerberos, it’s not an internal page. In addition, moving it under the cornell.edu umbrella–and by that, I don’t mean look and feel, I mean the ultimate goal of combining the two sites seamlessly–elevates its visibility to a level that includes an external audience. “Homey” is nice. But don’t you prefer a chance to straighten up before guests come?
I’m also intrigued by the sheer number of comments that have used the term “glossy and corporate”. Am I to infer that this means that cornell.edu is also glossy and corporate? Seriously. I curious about this one. Share your thoughts?