In The News: Including and Repurposing News and Events in Cascade Server


The College of Arts and Sciences at Syracuse University launched its news site in 2010. Since then, many alternative media formats, feeds, calendars, and other types of data have been incorporated into the core press release pages. In addition, the site features embedded video content, slideshows, and a professional blog-style series titled "Faculty in the Field." The news site serves as a core set of content for linking to faculty biographies, research presentations, and emails that promote campus events. The site, itself, is built on a simple framework of press release pages that are added to various listings through folder indexes, metadata, and references. This design makes the site flexible and easy to maintain. The major categories follow The College's academic functional structure: "œScience & Mathematics," "œHumanities," "œSocial Sciences," and "œPeople." As our calendar of events incorporates the same categorizing, each discipline can be highlighted by upcoming calendar items and current press releases. Each year, our staff produces approximately 170 press releases, quarterly newsletters, profiles, and a magazine which is produced in print and interactive online versions. Also, hundreds of departmental events are included via the calendar feed. All of this information is archived by year, and our search includes not only our news archive, but also Syracuse University news sites. I will demonstrate our Cascade structure for organizing the site, including the technical features. Also, I will discuss our thought process when we launched it, how we initially made changes to it, and how we plan to enhance it in the future.

Lauri Francis

Lauri Francis

Web Developer
Carnegie Mellon University
http://www.cmu.edu/

Lauri Francis is a Web Developer and member of the Web Operations team at Carnegie Mellon University. She brings 9 years of Cascade development experience, and has presented at four previous user conferences.