WEBMASTERS' COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES
Tuesday, May 9, 2000
W01 Anatomy Building
Ms. Lenz called the meeting to order at 9:05 a.m.
Members Present: T. Harmon, M. Hendricks, B. Jones, J. Lenz, M. Pridgen, P. Sollars, L. Tarnoff and S. Varner
Three web sites -- Budgets and Finance, Network Services and the Veterinary Teaching Hospital -- still are not in compliance with the new format. Daniel Stewart has left the University, leaving the Budgets and Finance office without a Webmaster. There is no word yet as to who will be assuming this position. There was some discussion on other possibilities for standardizing their web page.
Tom Harmon presented a report on the Network Services website. After discussion about the necessity of standardizing this site in the same manner as the departmental pages, it was decided that he should go ahead and standardize it. Because of his schedule it will take some time, but he will start work on it.
Photograph Progress Report
A quick review of jpegs from Bill Cotton was presented (most from the Alumni magazine) that we can use for the College website. It was decided that Jill and Mary (and others who are interested) would meet with Bill Cotton to go through his archive photos to add to our collection. Optimal methods of collecting photos onto a CD for college-wide use were discussed, with the conclusion that it would probably be more cost-efficient to burn the CD in-house.
Link Request from vetmedonline.com
After viewing the preliminary website for vetmedonline.com, it was decided that this is probably a commercial site. After some discussion on the possible ramifications of allowing them to link to us it was decided that Jill Lenz would investigate this site further in order to determine in what context they intend to list a link to CVMBS. Once we have this additional information, we will make a decision as to whether they can add us as a link to their site.
Information on Using Meta Tags
Jill Lenz distributed a handout with information on using meta tags to increase exposure of websites through search engines. During the ensuing discussion, page sources of several University and College pages were viewed to see how the meta tags had been formatted. In addition, some searches were run to determine how successful the meta tags were in getting search engine hits. A couple of important points were made:
1) If you copied the College template web page to use for your departmental home page and haven't updated the meta tags, then your page will still be listing the generic tags from the template.
2) It is wise to load as many key words into your meta tag field as possible to get as many search engine hits and traffic as possible.
Topics for Future Meetings
Jill Lenz requested topics for future meetings.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:50 a.m. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 13 at 9:00 a.m.