University of Kentucky College of Agriculture

Mission, Goals for Drupal-platform

Mission

  • Support organizational consistency in branding, messaging, and identity
  • Facilitate the creation and management of standards-compliant websites
  • Meet legal requirements for web content accessibility
  • Implement technical and graphic design continuity throughout the University's websites
  • Decrease the need for specialized technical skills, staff, and resources for web publishing needs
  • Provide a centralized, dynamic, flexible, and high-quality college web infrastructure
  • Promote discoverability of peer-reviewed materials with a comprehensive platform of taxonomy

Using the Drupal 7 Content Management System (CMS) as the platform that facilitates the publication of content to a website without requiring technical knowledge of HTML and/or other programming languages. By deploying this platform, Ag Communications Services site administrators can have greater control over the site's navigational structure, and separate the design from the content. It allows a deliberate workflow to be put into place that expedites the creation, approval, and publishing of content in an orderly fashion. Finally, the platform also makes it easier to search for and index content, track users and their permissions, and support the generation of dynamic content.

Timeline
2011
2012
Site consolidation

  • Advance our college Drupal sites into a total CMS solution.
  • Consolidate all instances (53 plus 120 sites) into larger site systems.
  • Research top 20 land-grant websites to collect data on audience, navigational structures and treatment of content

Objectives

  • Decrease in number of maintained Drupal instances
  • Drupal sites in production will be moved into an existing department associated with its content.
  • Requests for a new site will be added to the most logical site folder i.e. www2, CES to avoid creating individual sites (instances)
  • Urls will have the parent url folder, with the new site name following it.
    (example: http://ces.ca.uky.edu/organizations/KASEP/)
  • Individual sites will only be created in HTML/Dreamweaver for clients needs an isolated site.

Outcomes

  • Reduce the number of site instances by 75%
  • Collect webmaster statistics and documentation
  • Assess the backend server environment, make recommendations on server software to support the CMS initiative
  • Standards and Web policies assessed, recommend next step

2012-2013 Strategic Goals:
Development of a Drupal 7 platform

Recommendations to build a sustainable model for systems, web presence, web services and web application development for the College of Agriculture following the guiding principles established:

  1. Accountability
  2. Collaboration
  3. Client Focused
  4. College Focused
  5. Innovative
  6. Leadership Focused
  7. Outcome Focused
  8. Quality Focused
  9. Performance Focused
  10. Transparent Technology

Objectives:
Drupal 7 platform that will serve the college’s need by

  • Systems and Software Development Integration
  • Open Source Participation and Return
  • Secure infrastructure, including security, monitoring and reliability
  • Mobile first – Every application will plan for mobile delivery
  • Service first – Every application will plan for service delivery
  • Focusing on the Guiding Principles
  • Strategic planning and marketing efforts through a college-wide marketing committee

Outcomes:

  • Understanding the software ecosystem of Drupal
  • Focusing on our strategy
  • Understanding the needs of the users, the audience, and the best processes
  • Provide a working list of audience types, mission statement, goals for the Drupal 7 platform
  • Hosted Drupal and other future solutions as required
  • A robust Mobile Presence and Development:  mobile, apps, tablets
  • Robust Search Capabilities:  Google Search Appliance
  • Tool efficiencies and development for changing technologies
  • Linux Based Web Application Development, planned and managed for rapid development
  • Continuous Training, both internal and for the college in various modalities:  video, live class, audio, self-help, workshops
  • Continuous development, technical and professional
  • Customer Support and Satisfaction
  • Effective Collaboration across the college and the university
  • Establish a college-wide marketing committee to assess effectiveness of scope, governance of policy and content strategy