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1 1 Portals – an institutional imperative Paisleys portal production process Tony Shaw, Anne Strachan Network and Information Systems Management University of Paisley

2 2 Portals – an institutional imperative History/plan (se pt) emphasis on intranet Staff Intranet Co-ordinator post created Portal strategy document published (continued to be revised/published) Portal purchased/prototyped produced VC directly involved/briefed period of deployment and limited development replaces existing intranet site

3 3 Portals – an institutional imperative Staff intranet

4 4 Portals – an institutional imperative Preparatory activities u Tracking commercial sector products, prices and projects u Anticipating some possible problems hype surrounding VLE/MLE faculty developments significant organisational changes taking place

5 5 Portals – an institutional imperative Lessons from elsewhere u focus on business benefits u importance of executive sponsorship u invest in planning u invest in education/awareness u focus on process not technology u take care with integration and expectations

6 6 Portals – an institutional imperative The portal strategy u separate services for staff and students u common technology for above u remote access as part of model u gateway concept not ambitious integration u sub projects to drive initial content and ownership

7 7 Portals – an institutional imperative Some tactics employed u involvement of VC confirms strategic nature of project, gets into plans u content contributor clarity continued u partner with others e.g. faculty web site connector u broaden ownership e.g. manager channel u restrict involvement

8 8 Portals – an institutional imperative objectives u portal as framework for information architecture u emphasis as strategic project for the institution u provide flexible approach able to accommodate other developments

9 9 Portals – an institutional imperative some technical issues u ensuring a consistent technical framework u anticipating integration requirements u design relates to organisational structure u incorporating information strategy and planning issues

10 10 Portals – an institutional imperative some people issues u anticipating risks/reasons for failure u establishing appropriate management and project structures u complexity of overall project u how to raise awareness in context of business

11 11 Portals – an institutional imperative practical aims u emphasis on business benefits from outset u making appropriate and cost effective use of what exists/will exist u caution and pragmatism on integration

12 12 Portals – an institutional imperative practical steps u ensuring group membership reflects business requirements u early communication of portal strategy u rapid production of prototype to aid process u reference to other sources/experience u careful initial involvement at various levels u VC involvement

13 13 Portals – an institutional imperative initial focus u you as a member of the University community (Corporate Comms) u you as an employee of the University (HR) u access to key information services/resources u you as a member of a faculty/dept/etc

14 14 Portals – an institutional imperative Portal

15 15 Portals – an institutional imperative initial components and channels basics - sign-on, , University calendar, phone directory, bookmarks University news and information employee news and information information resources faculty/local management communication user defined bookmarks research funding news

16 16 Portals – an institutional imperative gateway to resources

17 17 Portals – an institutional imperative faculty site integration

18 18 Portals – an institutional imperative ownership for managers


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