Web enhancements mean no August issue of Notes from the Quad

YDS is undertaking a significant upgrade to its web site aimed at incorporating a content management system that will allow for greatly enhanced and streamlined web management capabilities.  This will result in more timely treatment of web content and a more consistent look to the YDS web pages.  Work on this project will preclude publication of an August issue of Notes from the Quad, which will resume normal first-Monday-of-the-month publication in September.

Computer talkThe YDS web team is working closely with Yale’s central Information Technology Services to carry out the project, which involves implementation of one of the free content management systems—in this case, Drupal, which is also being used in some other parts of the University.

Heading up the YDS efforts are Campbell Harmon ’04 M.A.R., the YDS web coordinator, and Paul Evans ’09 M.A.R., who will enter Catholic University in the fall to begin work on a Ph.D. in Medieval studies.  Harmon has a background in design, while Evans spent years in Silicon Valley as an IT executive after studying computer science as an undergraduate at the University of California, San Diego.

Implementation of the Drupal system will allow creation of content by faculty and staff that in most cases must now be uploaded by Harmon.  In addition, it will be possible to deploy content in multiple locations on the web site that currently must be uploaded on a page-by-page basis.  And in some instances it will be possible to automate functions, where appropriate.

The project timetable calls for implementation in mid-August of the first phase, including upgrades to major YDS web site pages like Admissions, Academics, and Alumni.