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Web Leadership Team Meeting Minutes

Web Leadership Team Meeting
October 20, 2008 at 2 p.m.
Alumni Lobby


1.    Cascade upgrade to 5.7 was successfully implemented, PSA Cascade will be done Wednesday evening Oct. 22.  A minor upgrade, 5.7.2 is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 24 from 10 p.m. to midnight for both OWS and PSA production Cascades. See: for more details.

2.    Search Engines, Cascade and personal web site indexing.
Fact: The maximum amount of Page Rank in a site increases as the number of pages in the site increases.
By adding pages to the main site, it increases's page rank as well as all sites underneath because exposure just got greater. A smaller subsite would have a lower maximum page rank and thus couldn't achieve near the rank that a massive site could (ie., All sites created in Cascade publish under on the rh10 server.
Chris Jones said CCIT page rankings dramatically increased when they move their site from to the main Clemson production server (

The requirement that all pages link back to the university homepage also helps improve every page’s ranking.

Please see: for more detailed information and examples under Internal linking.

The new Google appliance CCIT has in development will improve searches only within the Clemson domain. It gives Clemson the ability to assign priority to pages but that information is not shared with the main Google Search site. Visitors outside of Clemson will not benefit until there is a way to prorogate our instance of Google to the main Google search. CCIT is investigating a way to archive this. Kathy Wright said she has spoken to colleagues in CCIT, both in CSO and CRLT.  They estimate that all current projects, including replacement of <> with Google Apppliance will be complete by Jan. 1, 2009.  This will give us time to complete reorganization of web services teams.

Crawlers are blocked from any server that is not an official university server hosting public information. Personal web sites are not considered  "official university pages" and are not crawled by search engines.

3.    Cascade Forum was demonstrated showing how users could submit support questions, develop knowledge base, and share information. See:

4.    Change of time for this meeting to Monday mornings at 10 a.m. was approved.

5.    Subcommittee for Professional Profiles chaired by Brian Cass update was sent to team members with details about a group already working on this project as a subcommittee under Jim Bottum’s Cyber Infrastructure Committee. With this group already established, there was no need to continue the OWS subcommittee. Members of the Web Leadership Team are also members of this committee and will represent the needs of our group. Carol Usher and Debbie Dalhouse met with them Tuesday, Oct. 21. Jim Witte chairs this committee.

6.    Questions and further discussion included questions about interface changes in Cascade 5.7 and interest in seeing if they were resolved with 5.7.2 along with cross-browser information. A list of Cascade Minimum Requirements has been posted on the Forum along with training notes. Al Littlejohn is interested in establishing more online and training information for users about incorporating video on sites.  Carol Usher and Dave Sharpe met with Al’s group Wednesday morning and will be developing this information.
Question asked about expiring videos. YouTube allows for expiration date, but there is no tool in place at this time that will automatically remove files from the University server.

Next Meeting:

Monday, November 17, 2008, at a new time, 10 a.m. in the Alumni Center Conference Room