Through user surveys and interviews, we discovered that faculty and graduate student profiles and their publications were the most sought-after sources of information on the ASC site. Those same faculty and students were also looking for an easy way to update their profiles with their latest news, projects, and grants. The ASC staff wanted a new, mobile responsive website that could handle multiple content contributors and showcase the people, research, and excellence associated with their prestigious institution.
Throughout the ASC site, people are associated with research areas and research centers, creating a network of relationships that weaves together news, events, videos, projects, and grants. The cross-pollination of ideas and scholarship is exemplified by the new homepage grid that dynamically generates groupings of 4 pieces of related content at a time: a faculty member, a graduate student, a research center, and the research area that unites them all. The relational network is also present on individual biography pages of faculty and students as well as the research areas that overlap departments within ASC.
Creating a content moderation system that was both flexible and centralized was another paramount concern for ASC staff. Enabling all community members to edit their bios and publications was just as important as creating a fine-tuned system of editorial access that designated control of particular sections of the site. To ensure that the quality of content stays consistent, we created a system where all new pages and edits must be approved by site administrators before they are published to the live site.
As a result, our team was able to develop a beautifully architected site that visually depicts the inter-disciplinary connections throughout the ASC community.
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