By the beginning of your first semester on campus, all Mendoza College of Business Teaching and Research and Professional Specialists faculty will have a college web page. These pages are created and configured using the following essential information:
College web pages are populated with data from the Digital Measures Activity Insight information management tool. The description below is from the Digital Measure web site:
"Activity Insight from Digital Measures is the most reliable, versatile and secure web-based information management system available for managing and reporting on your faculty and staff's teaching, research and service activities. Activity Insight is used by colleges and universities across the globe to manage critical information for accreditation and personnel management."
There are many data fields within Activity Insight, the major sections and sub-sections are:
Academic, Professional and Military Positions
Awards and Honors
Faculty Development Activities Attended
Licensures and Certifications
On Load Teaching
Off Load Teaching
On Load Non-Degree
Directed Student Learning
Externally Funded Grants
Intellectual Contributions Other Than Publications
Research Currently in Progress
To access the Digital Measures tool click on the word "Dept:" on your college web page, it will take you to the Digital Measures login page.
Besides the college web page, every faculty member at the university, as a matter of being assigned a NetID, has the basics for creating a personal web page. Inside your "slice" of the institutional file space (IFS), accessed via the N: drive, are three folders: private, public and www. The www folder is the designated repository for your personal web page files.
A note of caution: any file placed within your www folder is viewable by the public regardless of its format, including application generated files e.g. Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
The URL for your, or any other person at Notre Dame with a NetID, is http://www.nd.edu/~netid. For example, my personal home page is http://www.nd.edu/~corporon. The www folder is empty by default, if you tried to access your "file-less" web site using a browser you'll see a page similar to this:
Constituting a personal web site requires adding one or more specially formatted common ACSII "text" files to the www folder. At Notre Dame we use the most popular programming language for the web: HTML(Hypertext Markup Language). HTML is a standard maintained by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) along with other web standards like Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and the Extensible Markup Language (XML).
A web page contains three basic sections, html, head and body, please see the example below.
HTML utilizes what are referred to as tags, the basic format is <tag>. In the example above <html>, <head>, <title> and <body> are all tags. Also, most tags have a start and end tag, the end tag contains the backslash (/). Again, in the example above, all of these tags have both start and end tags. You could literally copy and paste this code into a file and save it to your www folder, the drawback is the page would be blank.
What name and extension you give to a web file does make a difference, depending on the desired function. The default web site file is called index.html, it's the file that's displayed if no file is specified in the URL. Thus, if you type your base URL in the browsers address menu (http://www.nd.edu/~netid), if available, the browser will render the index.html file.
Web pages can be edited using the simplest of text editors and managed by conventional file managers. Regardless, many software-based tools have been created to simplify this process. The web site management tool supported by the university is Adobe Dreamweaver. The Mendoza Web Group has been using Dreamweaver for several years and would be happy to trains users. Unfortunately Dreamweaver is not included in the standard software suite. There are two ways to procure Dreamweaver, there is a "free" keyed version available via the OIT software download page or you can purchase it through the BuyND system for $98.08, and the media for $25. Keyed software has a set number of campus licenses, once the maximum is reached users are locked out.
The Mendoza Web Group can assist in the process, for example by providing page templates, but does not want to interfere with faculty who are comfortable creating and managing their own web sites. If you would like the Mendoza Web Group to assist in the process there is one additional issue, access. By default no one, besides the system administrators, has access to the www folder in your personal institutional file space (N:\www). Appropriate group personnel would need permission, through addition to the www folder access control list, prior to assisting in the development of your university web site.
For assistance with either your college or university web page please contact the Mendoza Web Group or call 1-9088.