• From Editors Meeting – Oct. 5, 2017

    So nice to see and talk to everyone who attended.  I hope everyone who wanted coffee, got coffee.  I’ll miss the Higher Grounds Coffee – y mis amigas, Darly and Karen.

    Below are the notes from your comments/questions/hopes for the future of the School of Medicine websites; and a list of free broken link checkers that I recommend.

    It has been my pleasure to be the webmaster for the school medicine for the past 10 years. And I wish you bold new successes in the future.If you have questions, comments, or concerns please send them to SOMWEB@virginia.edu.

    Broken Link Checkers:

    Here is the list of wish list items that were brought up during today’s meeting….

     Requests for areas of improvement

    • Directory of on-site experts – as a web presence – make we-support more prominent
      • Services we offer
      • Who to contact
      • Schedule of classes
    • Automate information of personnel at the SOM follow up with updates,
      • Org charts
      • Centralized portal for SOM only information
      • Intranet
      • Centralized data source
    • Way to police out of date content on site
      • Remind editor bi-yearly to update site
      • Provide report? Last edited
    • Broken link checker for each site
      • Ray has a service that he will share. (above)
    • Central Repository that lists training requirements for each staff type
      • Allow access to Intranet
    • Curvita
      • SOM stopped supporting it 2 years ago – RFD data pull
    • Notes from Bill (PHS site)
      • I would love to see some way to always have the same filtered view each time I return to a backend view.
      • How about a forum to ask questions of the group, monitored by SOM Web staff, like uweb and the LSPs? –I’m willing when available and knowledgeable to go to a colleague’s space and show them how to do things.  The forum could facilitate this kind of activity.

    Lot’s of great ideas.  I love the community knowledge sharing idea from Bill in the form of a forum or whatever.

    Break a leg,







    Editor’s Meeting and Farewell to Ray

    Dear School of Medicine Web Editors and Contributors –

    I want to say thank you to you; so please save the date, and plan to join me for what will be my final update to the faculty and staff about the School of Medicine website.


    • Date: Thursday, October 5th
    • Time: 9:30 am for coffee and light breakfast fare; 10:00 am for short meeting; 10:30-11:30 am for more coffee and discussions
    • Location:  Sandridge Auditorium, 1st Floor, McKim Hall


    Details coming about this meeting, your websites, and me.   And it is, as they say, all good.





    Combining Strengths With Health System Marketing

    All Good Things

    I wanted to provide some additional information as we move forward with the School of Medicine websites.  (the original email announcement is below)

    As Kathleen, Harry and I integrate into the Strategic Relations and Marketing Group, we will continue to support your site, assist with content, and provide weekly editor training as we have in the past.

    We will also be looking for ways to:

    •   Increase the quality of our web content
    •   Reduce the learning curve for new editors
    •   Provide best practices for site-wide accessibility

    In the new year we will begin making some small, progressive improvements in design and usability, and will be working with you/your site for usability improvements.

    Your feedback is important — it not only helps your website, but other departmental sites as well.  You can make requests and suggestions at anytime via email, our website, and in our returning editors’ meetings – look for the next of these starting in January.

    Thank you or all the work you do; and please let us know how we can help.


    And here is an excerpt from the original announcement on Oct 20th: 

    (T)he School of Medicine Dean’s office web group consisting of Ray Nedzel (Web Master), Harry Moxley (Digital Media and Video Producer) and Kathleen Mueller (Web Content Coordinator) will report up through Chris Sullivan in the Medical Center’s Strategic Relations and Marketing Group.   Ray, Harry and Kathleen will continue to provide excellent service to the School of Medicine as the School will be their only customer.  These three will also continue to be employees of the School of Medicine and will attend the various School of Medicine meetings and events.  You will continue to contact these three in the same manner you have always used.   You will see as much of them with this reporting change as you did before.   This reporting change will take effect immediately. 

    This change enables us to take advantage of the strength of the “system ness” of the Health System (School of Medicine, Medical Center and UPG).  This change will enable Ray, Harry and Kathleen to have access to additional resources to provide their services.  They will also have access to a larger group of colleagues doing the type of work they do which will give them staff to help them refine ideas and best practices.  We should see an enhanced School web site as the result of this change. 

    Thank you. 

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