The Current Role of the Webmaster
At present, firstname.lastname@example.org enjoys limited authority and unlimited responsibility.
email@example.com duties and accomplishments:
- Wrote the UVM web policy.
- Design and maintain the UVM Home Page, and several other "second tier institutional" pages like the "Departments, Programs, and Offices" pages.
- When somebody asks, "Please link my department's page to the UVM Home Page," firstname.lastname@example.org tries to do so.
- Keep a Big Picture in mind of who is really doing what with the web in an effort to coordinate activities and suggest strategic directions.
- Provide much of the "added value" apparent in UVM’s web: the on-line email directory, the Search Engine, the magic random Home page pictures, the all-purpose "mailform" email based HTML form/CGI interface, the page hit counter.
- Compile and analyze some web usage statistics.
- Answer mail to email@example.com. In this role, firstname.lastname@example.org acts as ombudsman, oracle, and general Omniscient University Spokesperson.
email@example.com limitations and frustrations:
- firstname.lastname@example.org cannot deny a link from the Official Pages to some UVM department, division, or other organization, even if they have the ugliest web page on campus. email@example.com has no institutional backing to tell anyone, "No, your page doesn’t measure up."
- firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com cannot enforce the UVM Web Policy. However, if someone complains that someone else is in violation of policy, firstname.lastname@example.org hears about it
- email@example.com cannot create a UVM "Home Page" that everyone likes. Everybody wants his or her favorite pet page linked to the home page. If this were allowed, the UVM Home Page would now have approximately 300 links: not good human interface design practice.
- firstname.lastname@example.org cannot provide much to technology challenged units wishing to develop web-based resources much beyond a few words of encouragement.
- email@example.com cannot initiate and carry to completion more far-out and wacky projects, such as WebCams in the Ira Allen Chapel tower, interactive campus maps, tours and catalogs of UVM's many and varied museums, finish the Charlotte the Whale project started four years ago...
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The University of Vermont
Wesley Alan Wright (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Monday, September 29, 1997