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January 18, 2005
Webnet Meeting: Current Status of the Sakai Project

The Sakai Project, founded by the University of Michigan, Indiana University, MIT, Stanford, the uPortal Consortium, and the Open Knowledge Initiative, is developing open-source software that is designed to provide participating colleges and universities with a flexible, affordable learning management system. UC Berkeley joined Sakai in December 2003 to provide this software to the campus community. The Sakai software will be the basis for a new UCB system and will integrate with the existing CourseWeb infrastructure.

Presented by Karen Miles, Programmer/Analyst, Learning Systems Group, Educational Technology Services

November 16, 2004
Webnet Meeting: E-Berkeley and Campus Use of Name/Trademark Policies

Which websites can display which version of the UC Seal? What is the role of the Business Contracts Office/Sponsored Projects Office with regards to department websites? Which of the following is not a UC trademark: Cal, Berzerkly, Go Bears!, Cal Berkeley. What are three products that should NEVER be associated with the campus, including websites, in any way, shape, or form?

Join Webnet for a panel discussion with senior personnel on the well known, and not so well known, policies with regards to UC Berkeley websites. Issues such as the appropriate use of the UC Seal, exactly what can and cannot be mentioned on departmental websites, and how sites are affected by the University's trademark rules will be discussed. Some of the more obscure policies/rules will be expanded upon, and there will be a chance for questions.

Presented by Maria Rubinshteyn, Director, Office of Marketing of Management of Trademarks, and Karen Eft, IT Policy Analyst, IST-Assoc VCO

September 21, 2004
Webnet Meeting: Blu Portal

Blu - The presentation on the Blu Portal will briefly cover the business case for Blu, needs and benefits, along with the genesis of the project. The method for the build and how the set of launch services was chosen will also be discussed. There will also be time spent on the aspect of the single signon, Calnet, and what the status is of the next steps for Blu. No technical expertise required. Anyone working on the Berkeley campus is invited.

Presented by Tessa Michaels, Chief Technology Officer, Finance and Administration

Update: New in Blu (PDF)

May 11, 2004
Webnet Meeting: What's up at e-Berkeley?

Presentation on new plans for e-Berkeley to be carried out during the next two years, the building of a Campus Community Portal, and a review of e-Berkeley activities conducted during the past year.

e-Berkeley is an initiative with the daunting task of using the power of the web to transform the way the university operates, from day-to-day functions to its central mission of teaching and research. It is an open-ended, ongoing project, guided by the needs and input of Berkeley students, faculty, staff, alumni, and business partners. Current major activities include reducing paperwork by putting more information services and transactions online, collecting far-flung campus services and functions into easily accessible "portal" Web sites specially tailored to the needs of each community, and streamlining access to course information and content. Sound impressive? Come hear more.

The presenter will be e-Berkeley's director, Jon Conhaim.

More on e-Berkeley: http://eberkeley.berkeley.edu

March 9, 2004
Web Site Design and Development Experiences at UC Berkeley — Multimedia Services Group at Educational Technology Services

The Multimedia Services Group at ETS (Education Technology Services) provides web design and development services for our campus. They have valuable experience redesigning many sites and have many lessons to share as they discuss their experiences, the costs and how they can help you with your website.

Come hear Jeff Rusch, Creative Director of Multimedia Services at ETS, discuss the state of web design on campus as he sees it, why it should be consistent, and various design solutions. And hear Adam Hochman, Program/Project Manager of Multimedia Services at ETS, discuss the design and development process and the different solutions available to us on campus.


January 13, 2004
The Use of RSS and other XML formats for Content Distribution (Part 2)

Raymond Yee, who is the Technology Architect for the Interactive University Project (http://iu.berkeley.edu/iu), will give a demo of the Scholar's Box, a tool being developed by the Interactive University, to allow users to gather digital resources from multiple sources, organize the resources into personal collections, create new documents based on the resources, and share the collections and documents with others.

Laheem Lamar Jordan, who is a second-year Master's student at the School of Information Management and Systems (SIMS) and on the research staff of the Center for Document Engineering (http://cde.berkeley.edu), will demonstrate how Center in a Box is designed to simplify the publishing and sharing of rich content for small to medium-sized organizations on the web. By enforcing structure in a site's content using XML and XML Schemas, Center in a Box separates content from presentation allowing a site's underlying data to be easily shared and repurposed as XHTML, PDF, RSS, and virtually any other format.

Kalle Nemvalts, who is the Publication Manager for Information Systems and Technology, will present how to apply RSS to produce web resource listings — RSS channels that contain "catalog" items pointing to web resources, and the items would contain Dublin Core metadata to facilitate automated filtering. This infrastructure will manage the content of websites such as http://ist.berkeley.edu/ and http://comp-resources.berkeley.edu/, which consist primarily of web resource listings sorted out into different topical categories.

Scot Hacker, who is the webmaster at the Graduate School of Journalism (http://journalism.berkeley.edu/), will recap simplified RSS publishing via low-cost content management systems such as Movable Type. He'll then demonstrate how to install and use the MT-RSSFeed plugin, which allows Movable Type-driven sites to aggregate and integrate RSS feeds from external sources.

November 18, 2003

Audience: No technical expertise required. Anyone working on the Berkeley campus is invited.

Abstract: Portals - MyHaas and Blu

MyHaas - MyHaas is a community portal for the Haas School of Business. It began with a project request from the MBA students to provide for an effective student based online presence whose features surpassed the current tools in use (i.e., majordomo mailing lists and static Web sites). MyHaas provided them with content management tools like file, page and link management, collaboration features like discussion forums and polls. Additionally, students could personalize their MyHaas page, like My Yahoo, by subscribing to news, weather, email and stock watch channels. The tools that it offered users were quite powerful and there was definitely a learning curve that they had to overcome. Users who were once webmasters were faced with the task of being "channel" producers. "Push" methods of information distribution changed to "pull" based. MyHaas is now in its third year and the adoption rate is still growing.

Blu - The presentation on the Blu Portal will briefly cover the business case for Blu, needs and benefits, along with the genesis of the project. The method for the build and how the set of launch services was chosen will also be discussed. There will also be time spent on the aspect of the single signon, Calnet, and what the status is of the next steps for Blu.

MyHaas Portal
Mohammed Shamma, Web Systems Administrator
Haas Computing Services

Blu Portal
Tessa Michaels, Chief Technology Officer
Business and Administrative Services

September 23, 2003
The CalNet System

Abstract: The CalNet System is the unification of authentication and directory services into a cohesive, comprehensive security infrastructure to support campus web-based applications. The CalNet system is comprised of two components: the Authentication Web server, which allows people to prove their identity over the network in a centralized, reliable manner, and the Directory service which provides a secure, centralized means of obtaining authoritative information about the person (e.g. employee ID, department, email address, campus address, campus phone). This presentation will describe the benefits of integrating with the CalNet system and future plans for the service.

Audience: Presenters will assume audience has some familiarity with CGI scripting languages. Anyone working on the Berkeley campus is invited.

Introduction to CalNet
(Jann Fong, Information Systems & Technology-Central Computing Services)
- What is CalNet, CalNet history and benefits

How to integrate with the CalNet Authentication component (Mike Friedman, System & Network Security)
- Description of the authentication component, how to hook into it, issues for developers to consider, best practices

How to integrate with the CalNet Directory Services component (Rob Chevalier/Lucia Tsai, Information Systems & Technology-Central Computing Services)
- Description of the directory service, how to connect, data ownership, issue to consider, available code snippets, best practices

Integration using an Apache/AWS plugin (Ray Davis, Educational Technology Services, Learning Systems Group)

June 17, 2003
The Use of RSS and other XML Formats for Content Distribution

Presenters: Kalle Nemvalts, who is the Publication Manager for Information Systems and Technology, will demonstrate how he re-engineered campus IT news to use RSS channels in a system written in Java and using free or open-source components. Full details below. Scot Hacker, who is the webmaster at the Graduate School of Journalism, will demonstrate how he's used Movable Type to manage student-driven web sites complete with syntactically valid RSS feeds. Full details below. Raymond Yee, who is the Technology Architect for the Interactive University Project, will talk about using other key XML formats in the educational, library, and technology worlds that can be used to allow content to be reused and recontextualized. Full details below. Full presentation descriptions:

Kalle Nemvalts on an RSS-based solution for distributing campus IT news At UC Berkeley's Information Systems and Technology, we have been re-engineering campus IT news to use RSS channels. RSS is a simple XML document format that was introduced in 1999 to deliver lightweight news items (title, link, description) to portals. More recently RSS has been used for weblogging applications.

We are using it to automate news pages, headline lists, service status information pages, resource lists, and so on. In managing online news, the hard part is not generating the full text articles (which we are doing, as before, as simple HTML pages), but managing all the various links and references to the articles. This is the part that we are able to automate with RSS. This is not full-blown content management, but does solve a significant part of the problem.

RSS provides a mechanism for syndication (making content available for inclusion in other web pages) and aggregation (pulling content from multiple sources into a single web page or portal). One such application of RSS is to pull service status information from a variety of service providers into a central service status page.

I have developed an in-house administrative web application to manage RSS channels. The application is written in Java and uses free or open-source components. It runs inside Apache Tomcat and uses MySQL for its database of news channels and news items. Application functions include (1) capture of news items from incoming channels; (2) entry and editing of news items; (3) posting of news items on multiple outgoing channels; (4) XML validation; (5) publishing of news channels in RSS, HTML, text, and other formats. I will give a brief demo of the application.

I will also demonstrate a simple Apache Ant project that does XML validation, transformation of XML into HTML using XSLT, and loading of remote RSS channels for inclusion into local HTML pages. Ant provides a great environment for working with XML, XSLT, and RSS. It's Java-based, but you don't need to work directly with Java -- you just need to make sure a recent version of Java is installed in your environment.

Scot Hacker on using Movable Type to manage student-driven web sites complete with syntactically valid RSS feeds Any site offering news or information that changes frequently will benefit from the addition of an RSS feed. Once established, other sites will be able to link directly and automatically into your content without the intervention of a human editor. In addition, you'll be serving the growing ranks of surfers using RSS "aggregators" or "feed readers" -- desktop applications that gather dozens or hundreds of RSS feeds into one compact interface, enabling the user to scour many sites in the time it previously took to surf a few.

Unfortunately, generating an RSS feed from the day's news is technically tricky for those without programmer resources at their disposal. Fortunately, the burgeoning crop of free or inexpensive weblog / content management systems on the market generate RSS feeds automatically, with zero effort required from site editors. In a recent survey we made of eight common weblogging tools, not a single one lacked built-in RSS-generation capabilities. But don't think you have to run a weblog to take advantage of this feature - some of these tools are sophisticated enough to generate complex web sites that barely resemble weblogs.

Raymond Yee: "RSS is only the beginning"

RSS is perhaps the most active used XML format for content syndication. However, there is so much interesting digital content to syndicate, aggregate and reuse that is not currently in RSS format. This content resides in our libraries, museums, scholarly repositories, government archives. I will talk about using other key XML formats in the educational, library, and technology worlds that can be used to allow content to be reused and recontextualized. I will look at the question of how digital cultural heritage materials and scholarly works can be "ripped, mixed, and burned" in recombinatorial, bricolage authoring.

Raymond Yee is the Technology Architect for the Interactive University Project (http://iu.berkeley.edu/iu), whose mission is to enable UC Berkeley to make its extraordinary resources of people and knowledge available on the Internet. We serve learners and educators, targeting K-12 teachers, students, their families, and local communities throughout the Bay Area and California.

May 13, 2003
What's up at e-Berkeley?: An update on the developments at e-Berkeley (http://eberkeley.berkeley.edu).

E-Berkeley is an initiative with the daunting task of using the power of the web to transform the way the university operates, from day-to-day functions to its central mission of teaching and research. It is an open-ended, ongoing project, guided by the needs and input of Berkeley students, faculty, staff, alumni, and business partners.

Current major activities include reducing paperwork by putting more information services and transactions online, collecting far-flung campus services and functions into easily accessible "portal" Web sites specially tailored to the needs of each community, and streamlining access to course information and content. Sound impressive? Come hear more. The presenter will be e-Berkeley's director, Jon Conhaim.

March 11, 2003
"Automated Web Calendars"

Jeff Kahn (Public Affairs) and Rob Chevalier (IST): UCB gateway event calendar http://www.berkeley.edu/calendar/
Claudia Waters (School of Social Welfare): event calendar http://socialwelfare.berkeley.edu/calendar/eventcal.cfm
Sarah Jones (IST): using CalAgenda for departmental calendars http://calagenda.berkeley.edu/marc/

Topics covered included visual organization, update functionality, navigation, and the technology behind the scenes.

January 14, 2003
"UCB gateway team launches NewsCenter for campus-wide news"

A sneak peak at the new NewsCenter. Launching early in the spring semester, this campuswide news portal will be a venue for UCB to promote the many activities on campus—including, quite likely, those in your department. Come hear news editor Steve McConnell, web manager Jeff Kahn, designer Melani King and writer Bonnie Powell show and tell. The gateway team will talk about the development, the implementation, and the future plans of this ambitious project and related activities at UCB's gateway.

November 12, 2003
"Converting to a Content Management System (CMS)"

On November 12 Chris Beaumont, webmaster at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI), talked about converting a static site to a dynamic one via a database-driven content management system. He discussed some features common to most CMS's, such as templating and reusing code, as well as Zope, the open-source CMS he's used to build a dynamic event calendar for MSRI.

September 10, 2003
"Web site usability testing"

The September 10 Webnet meeting will focus on web site usability testing. Rosalie Lack, a web site usability expert with California Digital Library, will share with us some do's, don'ts and hard-learned tips of usability testing. Rosalie's presentation will include audience participation in a real live mini web site usability test.

June 14, 2003
Demo/update on CourseWeb system

Speakers: Mara Hancock, Karen Miles, and Oliver Heyer of Educational Technology Services, Web Services; (tentative) Randy Ballew, Student Information Services

ETS is working on a customized system for building basic course Web sites that will tie into several campus legacy systems such as the class schedule and general catalog. It is due to roll out this summer. Mara will give us a demo and update of the system — how it works, the target users and audience, project status, etc., and will have one or two IT people on hand for technical questions.
Pat Soberanis, Web Manager
UC Berkeley Psychology Dept.

March 7, 2002
What's "under the hood" of e-Berkeley and more

Panel speakers:
Jon Conhaim, e-Berkeley
Karl Grose, IST-WSS
Chris Hoffman, Graduate Division
Patrick McGrath, IST-CCS
Jeff McCullough, IST-WSS

While some of you may remember the previous meeting where e-Berkeley projects were showcased, this meeting will undertake to show some of the basic principles underlying the e-Berkeley initiative. A panel of members from the E-Architecture Working Group will give their views on where e-Berkeley is headed and how campus departments can be a part of it.

About the E-Architecture Working Group:
The group is a part of the IT Architecture Committee (ITAC)(http://itac.berkeley.edu):
[Its] principal goals are to assist the ITAC in developing a vision for campus e-architecture that is consistent with the e-Berkeley vision, and to create a representative expert forum for study and discussion of e-architecture topics.

E-Architecture Documents and Resources
E-Architecture for Berkeley: An Introduction

January 23, 2001
Introduction to Web Video

Presented by
Judy Stern, Educational Technology Services

Judy will cover the basics of streaming web video. She'll talk about the available architectures (Real, QuickTime, and Windows Media), file formats, and options for delivering video (including audio) on the web. She'll cover the process you'll follow (from capture to distribution), the tools you can use (including their costs), and some of the resources on campus to help you in the process. She'll go over basic concepts (compression, true streaming vs. pseudo-streaming) and demonstrate some of the commonly used tools, as well as show examples of instructional web sites using video.

October 5, 2001
e-Sampler: Doing campus business on the Web

Presented by
Jon Conhaim, e-Berkeley Director
Randy Ballew, IST-Student Information Systems
Gary Thackeray, IST-Administrative Systems Department
John Holroyd, Parking and Transportation
Helen Lee, IST-Student Information Systems
Shannon Thorn, BAS-Business Services Systems Group
Kellie Hobbs and Gil Hilliard, IST-Communication and Network Services
Miguel Morales, IST-IST-Administrative Systems Department

Jon Conhaim, the new director of e-Berkeley, will introduce several campus developers and their projects related to e-Berkeley. The speaker order has not been determined yet. The developers in alphabetical order include:

  • Randy Ballew - Using the AWS from J2EE applications to do authentication and authorization
  • Kellie Hobbs & Gil Hilliard - shopping cart/residence telephone service
  • John Holroyd - e-Parking
  • Helen Lee - e-Grades
  • Miguel Morales - BAIRS II
  • Gary Thackeray - Paperless payment processing
  • Shannon Thorn - ezSurepay

Meeting notes

July 24, 2001
Using XML: is it for you?

Presented by
Members of the XML Project team, Workstation Support Services

Extensible Markup Language (XML) is a hot topic these days. You've probably read many articles extolling the wonderful things we'll all be doing with XML very soon. But how does it actually work? What is it good for and how easy is it to use?

At the Webnet meeting next Tuesday, the XML Project Team from Workstation Support Services will be discussing XML and how to best make use of this hot but complex technology.

The XML team will start off by discussing the basics of XML, what it is, what the best uses for it are, and how (or if) to get started using it. They will demonstrate a small application they developed for the CalAgenda service using Java and XML. It will showcase both the possibilities and problems involved in XML-based software development. There will be plenty of time for questions and answers.

Notes on this XML presenation to Webnet.

May 15, 2001
Basic Photography Skills for Web Developers

Presented by
Genevieve Shiffrar, College of Letters and Science

With increasing frequency, web developers are being asked to incorporate photographs into their web sites. Images of people, events, buildings and departmental resources can improve a web site's appeal and help users visualize the department. However, if the images are unattractive, your site will suffer.

This discussion will illustrate several techniques to improve your skill at taking a good photograph. The talk will be geared for the novice, and will emphasize what can be done with an automatic ("point-and-shoot") film or digital camera.

  • She will look at the work of professionals such as Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange, and Paul Strand to discuss issues of composition such as the "Rule of Thirds," the horizon line, tension, and weight.
  • She will touch upon lighting and how to improve exposure with an automatic camera.
  • While this is not a mini-course in Photoshop, she will see how a couple of simple Photoshop techniques can enhance images.
  • Digital cameras can produce different kinds of images compared to film cameras. She'll explore some reasons why, such as the color aliasing, light sensitivity, and automatic color corrections of digital cameras.

April 17, 2001
CalNet use in Web Sites

Presented by
Greg Small, Workstation Support Services

A growing number of web sites need to control access, identify campus customers, or personalize responses. CalNet is a group of services supporting authentication and directory lookup based on the campus student and employee databases. CalNet frees you from having to maintain your own authentication and authorization data, and allows you to focus on your specific web functions.

Recently the CalNet Authentication Web Server (AWS) has become available. AWS uses the CalNet ID to provide very secure, positive identification for campus without imposing rigorous security requirements on your server. Hence, the CalNet ID can be used for high security on Web sites, as well as lightweight, web-based applications.

The discussion will start by introducing the basic ideas of authentication and authorization, then discuss and demonstrate using the Authentication Web Server and some directory lookups. The examples will be for Apache using PHP and Perl (available for UNIX, Windows, and Mac OS X), but I hope those of you who have been working with AWS and LDAP using other web environments will contribute your experience.

You can warm up for the talk by looking at:

CalNet: http://calnet.berkeley.edu/about.html
AWS: https://software.berkeley.edu/AWSTokenDecode/default.html
CalNet LDAP: http://socrates.berkeley.edu/~ldapproj/ and http://php.net/manual/en/ref.ldap.php

Greg's talk:CalNet Use in Web Sites

March 20, 2001
Insight: High Resolution Image Presentation via the Internet

Presented by
Lam Voong, Museum Informatics Project

Lam will give an overview of the image digitization process and a demonstration of the Insight software, which permits the viewing and presentation of high resolution images via the Internet.

February 20, 2001
Cold Fusion from an application developer's point of view

Presented by
Kai Hsieh, Departmental Technology Solutions Unit, IST - Administrative Systems Department

Kai will go through the questions that he often asks himself when he is evaluati ng a development tool and then try to answer those questions fairly from a devel oper's point of view. He will make recommendations and then take questions from the audience.

Kai's technical background on Cold Fusion started in the early 98. You can get a better sense of what he does by going to http://socrates.berkeley.ed u:4100/DTS.html.

Kai's talk

January 16, 2001

Jeff will meet with us again (We talked with him last June.), to continue discussing the tasks that we perform to build and support campus websites. The deadline (before Tuesday, January 16th) for completing the job questionnaire is fast approaching, especially since Monday the 15th is a holiday. Please complete the questionnaire and send it to Jeff either by email or campus mail; your input is critical to the proper evaluation of web-related jobs. Update on Web Job Classifications

Presented by
Paul Neese, CAL PACT - Web classes announcement
Jeff Green, Classification Unit in Human Resources

Jeff will meet with us again (We talked with him last June.), to continue discussing the tasks that we perform to build and support campus websites.

The deadline (before Tuesday, January 16th) for completing the job questionnaire is fast approaching, especially since Monday the 15th is a holiday. Please complete the questionnaire and send it to Jeff either by email or campus mail; your input is critical to the proper evaluation of web-related jobs. 

November 21, 2000
Web-based Learning Management Systems

Presented by
Fred M. Beshears, Assistant Director, Instructional Technology Program

Over the last few years, a small but steadily growing number of faculty have started to develop and maintain in-depth course websites with learning management systems (LMS) such as WebCT and Blackboard-CourseInfo. This presentation will begin with a brief overview of the current generation of learning management systems. Then, as time permits, we will discuss a range of policy and support issues associated with these products, such as:

- LMS Evaluation issues: How important are the various LMS features to faculty, students, and support staff?

- Integration issues: How can web-based learning management systems be integrated with student registration systems, on-line class schedule and course catalog systems, grade databases, and content servers?

- E-commerce issues: How are textbook publishers and other content vendors responding to the growing use of web-based learning management systems?

- Standards issues: How can standards enable better support of web-based learning? Which are the relevant standards efforts?

- Management issues: How are web-based learning management systems managed? Are there good models for how responsibilities should be shared between faculty, graduate student assistants, and support staff?

- Faculty Development issues: What are the training and curriculum development support requirements for faculty and graduate student instructors?

- Security issues: What are the security implications that accompany the advent of widespread web-based learning and testing?

- Policy issues: What are the policy issues are involved in supporting web-based learning management systems, especially those that manage grades and class lists?

Preliminary notes for this presentation are posted at:

October 17, 2000
Update on e-Berkeley
(with a particular focus on content management and how it fits into the overall infrastructure)

Presented by
Sherry Rogers, Central Computing Services, Co-Chair of the Information Technology Architecture Task Force, IST
Karl Grose, Workstation Support Services, member of the Information Technology Architecture Task Force

As many of you know, "e-Berkeley" has become one of the Chancellor's Strategic Initiatives. Sherry and Karl will give us an overview of e-Berkeley and the principles and technology, such as Web content management, on which it will be based. Ideas about "e-business" technology and principles have been gathered from a number of sources including Cisco Systems' business infrastructure, Deloitte Consulting, and other industry sources. They will also discuss the proposed Web foundation for e-Berkeley upon which applications relating to e-commerce, e-learning, etc. will be built.

For additional information, you can go to http://campus.chance.berkeley.edu/itf/itf.html

To contact the E-Berkeley Information Technology Architecture Task Force, send email to web-techinfo@uclink.berkeley.edu 

September 19, 2000
What is a "blog"? How is "content management" different from web authoring with GUI tools?

Presented by:
Chris Ashley, Raymond Yee, and Catherine Yoes, Interactive University Project

Discover the answers to the above questions and more at September's Webnet meeting. IU staff members will demo Userland's Manila, and talk about its advantages and disadvantages, as well as sharing their work on web syndication, RSS, and portals.

Chris is a former teacher from Melrose School in Oakland. Raymond and Catherine are both refugees from graduate programs here at UCB. Together they make up the technology team for the Interactive University Project, which works to connect K-12 educators and students with UC Berkeley's unmatched resources of people and knowledge via the Internet. 

June 20, 2000
Web-related tasks for Job Classifications

Presented by
Jeff Green, Senior Compensation Analyst, Office of Human Resources

Jeff will talk about classification of jobs that include web-related tasks. OHR and the campus Technical Committee have recently developed a matrix of website tasks typically performed by the various levels of programmer/analyst, and now Jeff is interested in hearing what non-programming tasks you perform to develop and maintain your websites. The programmer/analyst web task matrix is posted on OHR's web site at http://hrweb.berkeley.edu/PAY/paweb.htm

June 5, 2000
Getting Started with Cascading Style Sheets

Presented by
Michael Masumoto, Cal graduate and instructor at San Francisco State's Multimedia Studies Program (MSP)

Come and learn the essentials of Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and how these fit into HTML. You will be able to follow his presentation on your own computer in the lab and save your work to a floppy disk (if you bring one). However, there will be no hands-on exercises and no individual assistance provided.

Michael is a teacher, writer, musician, multimedia producer, and web programmer. He has an MM in Music Composition from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and a BA in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley. He is currently affiliated with Moonstone Interactive and, over the last several years, has programmed web sites and interactive pieces for a diverse corporate clientele. He has been teaching web site production and programming at the MSP since 1995.

May 4, 2000
Demo of SeeAll, category-generating software from Worldfree Corp.

Presented by
Kevin Kirchman, CEO of Worldfree

Kevin Kirchman will be demonstrating SeeAll, the world's first automatic categor y generator. SeeAll can categorize by web site or by concept, creating topically organized HTML pages with hyperlinks. The Yahoo-like directories produced could be useful to departments for creating a browsing area for visitors to their sit es or for keeping track of what information is on their site. Since the product can crawl particular web sites or search the web for sites related to particular concepts, it could also be useful to faculty who are looking for a good directo ry of information related to their particular area of interest.

April 25, 2000
New UC Berkeley Home Page

Presented by
Andrew Baldock, Brad Falconer, and Paula Murphy (the campus home page development team)

The team will talk about and show the features of the new Berkeley home page which went public on Monday, 17 April. In addition, they will discuss the new and future enhancements to the UC Berkeley Web Registry.

January 18, 2000
An Introduction to Java for Web Mavens

Austin Shelton, Principal Programmer, IST-WSS

Austin will be discussing Java, what it is, what it can do, and how you can deploy it on your web servers. He'll be giving a short presentation to allow plenty of time for a question-and-answer session.

Austin's talk

November 16, 1999
Information Access - Can you find what you are looking for?

Presented by
Professor Marti Hearst, School of Information Management & Systems


  • Overview on search engines
  • How Web crawlers work
  • Overview of Cha Cha (Cha-Cha is a UC Berkeley SIMS and CS research project lead by Marti Hearst and Mike Chen.)
  • Questions

October 19, 1999
Designing Web Pages for Accessibility

Topics: Available technology, W3C guidelines, demonstration of screen reader

Presented by
Adam Tanners, Technology Specialist, Assistive Technology Center
Jim Gammon, Advisor for blind and visually impaired students
both from the Disabled Students' Program

Topics: design resources, tools

Presented by
Mimi Mugler, Web Development, Workstation Support Services

September 22, 1999

Topic 1: Campus Web Standards (~30 min)

Arturo Perez-Reyes, Haas School of Business, will present the work of the campus WWW Steering Committee Task Force on Web Standards.

Last spring, a campus-wide task force developed a set of basic guidelines and design principles for students, faculty, and staff who are developing web sites.

Topic 2: Allocating Resources for an Effective Web Presence. Is it possible? (~60 min)

Informal discussion facilitated by Sarah Jones

The University has a three-fold mission - education, research and public service. More than any other form of University communication, the campus's Web pages represent the University to the rest of the world.

People now expect to find answers to -all- their questions about UC Berkeley on the Web, but as a Web provider, the Web environment is becoming more and more complex to design and maintain.

This is a very big and complex topic which could be talked about for hours so we need to focus on the three goals below in order to have a productive discussion. The discussion will be organized as follows:

Current State of Our Campus's Web Resources (~40 min):

1. Does your organization recognize the importance of the Web and realize that the "Web" is essentially the "whole world"? What kinds of information does your organization publish on the Web and for what audiences? Is -all- of your organization's information on the Web? What do prospective students and employees (faculty and staff) expect from your organization's pages?

2. Who is doing your Web pages? Are these "Web providers" transitory or permanent employees? What skills do they have? Are you out-sourcing (having someone outside your organization do them) your Web-related tasks?

3. What are the skills and technologies needed to put up and maintain Web pages on your site? Does your Web provider have all the needed skills? Does your organization have a Webmaster (single person who does everything) or a Web team (several people with different skills)?

4. Does your site need ongoing maintenance? Does your organization understand the need for ongoing maintenance and the difference between an archival site (information does not change) and a "living" site (assumed to be regularly updated)? What are the costs and benefits of maintenance?

Goals of This Discussion: Current State of Our Campus Web Resources

1. What is the current state of Web resources and work on the Berkeley campus?

Future of Campus Web Resources (~20 min):

2. Given the current state of the Web resources on campus, can we coordinate our current resources better? If so, how?

3. What kind of resources do we think the campus needs in order to provide a more effective Web presence and what can we do to help the campus get them? 

June 23, 1999
Web Graphics

Presented by
Mimi Mugler, Workstation Support Services
Seth Novogrodsky, L&S Computer Resources
Genevieve Shiffrar, L&S Computer Resources, Intern

Mimi and Seth will present an overview of graphics on the Web and then discuss:

Why use graphics?
What makes good graphics? palette, size, file type, "alt" tags
Tools and resources: software, books, websites

April 20, 1999
Introduction to XML

Presented by: Greg Pyatt, Webmaster and Developer, International and Area Studies

Extensible Markup Language is both an HTML improvement and a major new approach to website application development. This presentation is for the XML novice to get acqainted with the basics of XML, it's history and potential. XML is a new web technology at the beginning of its life cycle so the time to get introduced is now. Topics to be presented are:

  • The History of XML
  • The Document Object Model
  • Document Type Definitions
  • XML-Data
  • Namespaces
  • The Future of XML

Greg will introduce the major new concepts of XML and discuss the potential applications and pitfalls that may arise from the new markup language.

Download PowerPoint presentation source

Some useful XML links. 

March 16, 1999
What's happening/going to happen on www.berkeley.edu?

presented by
Andrew Baldock, Public Affairs, University Relations, Webmaster for the campus home pages

Public Affairs is preparing a significant upgrade to the campus home pages. This year they plan to reintroduce the top-level campus site as a clean, attractive, well organized, and efficient place for everyone to get their information. Some of the improvements they're working on include:

  • An improved browsing and searching structure
  • Fresh and up-to-date dynamic content to encourage repeat visits
  • A well-designed and consistent visual style
  • Better tools and support for campus web developers

Andrew will introduce the process they're using to help redefine these key pages, and talk about some of the improvements they'd like to debut this year.

February 16, 1999
Usability Testing to Improve Your Web's Design

presented by
Sarah Jones, Workstation Support Services, Web Redesign Project

So you thought all you had to worry about was your Web site's content, page layout, and getting your forms to work. If you design a site, you can not objectively judge it. This talk will discuss usability te sting and why it is important. Also, the audience will participate in short usability exercises. Some of the things the Workstation Support Services Web Redesign Project Team learned from the usability testing of our design prototype will be mentioned.

November 19, 1998
Developing and Managing Guidelines for Web Sites

A joint meeting of Webnet and the Publications Roundtable

Webnet joins the Publications Roundtable to talk about developing and managing guidelines for Web sites. Panel members are:

Jaqueline Craig, IS&T Customer Affairs
Lisa Kala, School of Education
Mimi Mugler, Office of Environment, Health, & Safety
Cheryl Reinman, Office of Environment, Health, & Safety
Kathleen Phillips Satz, Human Resources.

They will talk about campus and departmental Web site guidelines, team approaches to Web site management, "enforcement" of Web site guidelines, special issues with academic or student Web pages, and more.

Join us for this first-ever combined meeting of Webnet and Publications Roundatable! Many of you are members of both organizations. If you are not, you can expand your horizons on November 19. 

October 20, 1998
Web Management as if Service Mattered

presented by
Roy Tennant - SunSITE Manager - Library Systems Office

There is much more to managing a Web site than merely serving Web pages. This talk will discuss and demonstrate techniques Web managers can use to serve their clientele better. Specific techniques include error message replacement, fault monitoring and prevention, user tracking, intelligent redirection, better user searching, site publicity, and others. Even if you already manage a Web server there are likely to be new techniques you've never seen.

Directions: Enter the outside entrance (south) of Moffitt Library (centra l campus). IMPORTANT: You will need a staff or student ID to enter. Go up one floor (to the 4th floor). Go to the far northwest corner. 

September 15, 1998
Web Services Available on Campus

The meeting will start with any brief annoucements or questions that attendees have. This will be a regular part of future meetings so if you have questions or annoucements, this is a time you may use.

The Web services available on campus vary alot, for example - some are free and some are not, some are available to individuals or departments and others are only for faculty, some offer assistance with Web content and others are just for server setup and maintenance or hosting Web sites. Services fall into categories which include Web hosting, server setup and maintenance, design and content development and maintenance, and classes.

This meeting will cover the services which are available to faculty, departments, staff and/or students (and are not limited to a specific department or organization). The following people will be talking about their services:

Howard Besser, School of Information Management & Systems

Fred Beshears, Instructional Technolog Program & Faculty Internet Service Ctr.

Randy Saffold, Computer Assistance Program & Course Homepage Project

Joe Barker, Teaching Library

Tom O'Brien, Academic Achievement Division, ED 98 & ED 198

Tara Marchand, Departmental On-site Computing Support

Seth Novogrodsky, Letters & Science Computer Resources

Richard Dunn, Open Computing Facility

Tom Cline, Socrates

Ann Dobson, Amber

Vince Casalaina, Berkeley Multimedia Research Center

June 16, 1998
Web Design Issues; Library Web Site Redesign Project

presented by:
Lisa Yesson - Teaching Library and the Interactive University California Heritage Pilot Project
Lisa Weber - Library Systems Office

Both Lisas were members of the Library Web Review Working Group which worked on the redesign project in the Fall 1997. This project is now complete, and they will share some of what they learned while working on this project.

Haas School of Business Web Site Redesign Project
Presented by:
Lezlie Vincent - Web and Multimedia Manager
Avi Goldberg - NT/Novell Administrator
Zane Cooper - UNIX Systems, Networks and E-mail Manager

This project is in the midst of the redesign process and the presenters will share some of the design issues they are working on.

Directions to Room:

The Haas School is at 2220 Piedmont Ave., across from the Cal Memorial Stadium. Closest cross-street is Bancroft. Enter through the Cronk Gate archway, and go into the building through the double doors on your left. Walk downstairs one flight, to the 3rd floor. Walk into the Computer Center and ask the consultant on duty to direct you to S300T.

If you're walking up through campus you can come up the steps and walk though the Fisher Gate archway. Walk through the courtyard and up the next flight of stairs. Enter through the 3rd floor double doors on your right, and you'll see the Computer Center.

February 3, 1998
Multimedia on the Web

Judy Stern - Instructional Technology Program

An overview of a variety of multimedia technologies that can be used on the web, including simple animations, interactive animations, video and audio, and desktop virtual reality.

January 16, 1998
Share Web design problems and resources

Sarah Jones, Workstation Support Services

During the first part of the meeting we will compile a list of what particular assistance participants need and try to determine how many people need that kind of help.

During the second part of the meeting we will discuss how to go about assisting each other. We will each introduce ourselves and briefly share the resources we have brought. We will discuss other ways of communication, such as additional meetings to discuss particular topics, setting up smaller mailing lists, etc.

meeting notes

November 4, 1997

Harry Kreisler, Executive Director of International Area Studies - Site Design
Letitia Carper, International Area Studies - Graphics and Maintenance of Glo betrotter.

Discussion groups about: Site Management Tools, Programming on the Web (Java, Databases etc), Graphics and Multimedia, HTML Tools.

October 7, 1997

Kevin Miller, University Health Services - Cold Fusion

Tim Heidinger, Pandelis Tiritas, Undergraduate Division - Active Page Server

Do you use Windows? Have you heard of Active Server Pages? Pandelis Tiritas and Tim Heidinger from the Undergraduate Affairs Division will share their development experience and field your questions.

Handout of the presentation

Sam Webster, Environmental Energy Technologies, LBL - Tango

Tango(r) from Everyware Development Co. is a rapid application development environment for connecting databses to the Web. We will look at how this powerful but finicky tool can be used to create a range of applications from guestbooks to building energy simulations.

September 5, 1997
Web/Accessibility workshop

Larry Goldberg & Geoff Freed - National Center for Accessible Media

June 3, 1997

Jacqueline Craig (User & Account Services - IS&T)
UCB Web Policy

Jacqueline is a member of the WWW Berkeley Home-Page steering committee, and is chairing the subgroup for policy. She will talk about the policies and guidelines for publishing on the World Wide Web at the University of California, Berkeley. There will be time for questions and comments about the policies. Check them at http://amber.berkeley.edu:5014/

Aron Roberts (Workstation Software Support Group - IS&T)
Phantom - A macintosh search engine

Aron will briefly describe Phantom, a MacOs searching and indexing robot.

Debra Bartling (Earthquake Engineering Research Center)
Site and Database search

Debra will talk about general searching issues for a site that has static HTML pages, an image database (in Sybase), and a text database. She'll describe the KE Texpress product used to index a database of Earthquake Engineering abstracts and Swish used to index the site.

Open discussion about search engines

meeting notes

May 6, 1997

Don Simonson (Public Relations)
Graphics for campus users & the Home-Page

Don will be talking about the graphics that are availabe for use by the campus, and what the rules are for using them. He will update us on how the new berkeley home page was developed and how it is maintained.

Armando Fox (CS)
TranSend: Help for the World Wide Wait

TranSend is a proxy server that distills images and significantly improves loading of Web pages that include images. Armando and others at the Computer Science department developed the service and will describe some of its features.

Roy Tennant (Library)
Sites by Design: How to Avoid a Pile of Pages

As a Web site manager, you owe it to your users as well as the people supplying the data to create procedures, guidelines, and strategies for building coherent Web sites. Some of the issues you need to address and how you can go about doing it will be discussed.

Mike Stanley (International and Area Studies/IS&T)
Java-One Conference Report

The latest in Java development from the Java-One conference that took place in SF on April 97. This talk is for programmers. It is not an introduction to Java.

meeting notes

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