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Integrated Web Platform (IWP) Project

What is IWP?


More than a website redesign!

The Integrated Web Platform (IWP) project will modernize the UC ANR web platform; organize the division’s educational information and make it more discoverable via proven, taxonomy-driven content strategy principles; drive increased engagement with UC ANR’s programs, services and fundraising efforts; bring an appealing, modern, user-friendly design to our web presence; and, in later phases, improve the organization and discoverability of internal-facing (UC ANR employee) information.

This is not a website redesign, it’s a transformation of our entire web ecosystem. It will take time but will continue to grow!

This revamped web presence will better serve our key stakeholders, including the general public, researchers and educators in academia, collaborative innovators in other government entities, and the commercial entities, large and small, that manage our vast agricultural and natural resources across the state.

The IWP content management system is Drupal, a modern system used to build, publish, and manage dynamic web content. It is widely used by universities and businesses.

FAQs


What is Kanopi Studios' scope of work? 

Brought on as the contractor in February 2024, Kanopi Studios will be partnering with the IWP Core Team to complete Phase 1 of the project. As the foundational build, Phase 1 will comprise preparing for and launching IWP and migrating content from Site Builder.

Given the multiple contractors and restarts of this project, the team aims to move forward in a nimble and strategic manner to implement Phase 1.

After the completion of Phase 1, UC ANR will facilitate additional rounds of input for future enhancements and scope. 

 

Why does Site Builder need to be replaced? 

UC ANR’s web presence currently consists of over 700 websites. Some are high quality and well-maintained, but the overall web presence is inconsistent, and it is difficult to find what UC ANR has to offer in any given subject area. UC ANR’s home-grown Site Builder web platform is outdated, presents design limitations, and is built on Adobe’s aging and proprietary ColdFusion platform.

UC ANR’s web infrastructure needs to be redesigned in alignment with industry best practices - a modern cloud-based technology platform, a taxonomy-driven content strategy, and a unified branding strategy.

Simply put, Site Builder needs replacement due to:

  • Aging technology with security challenges, maintenance issues, and poor user experience that lags behind industry standards
  • Lack of a content model with no consistent standards for content organization, management and branding, and many redundant and outdated pages and sites

This revamped web presence will better serve key stakeholders within all sectors, including the general public, researchers and educators in academia, collaborative innovators in other government entities, and the commercial entities, large and small, that daily manage our vast agricultural and natural resources across the state.

How will the IWP benefit UC ANR?

  • Resolves technical issues and provides stability with modern technology
  • Improves discoverability and availability of UC ANR content and knowledge
  • Provides structured content model for better organization (makes it easier to find!)
  • Facilitates outreach with members of the public
  • Advanced search in the content hub
  • Promotes UC ANR branding consistency
  • Consistent structure and framework with dynamically displayed content instead of hundreds of difficult to maintain bespoke pages
  • Content curation and standardized tagging instead of unlimited and unmanageable tags

Some sites that are similar to our IWP model include:

Penn State Extension
University of Maryland Extension  
Princeton University Press
Stanford University

Will my website in the IWP offer all the functionality I currently have in my website?

The project will address specific needs and enhancements in phases. The first development phase will establish a stable, solid foundation from which we can build out enhancements that align to the content strategy.

What can I expect during the conversion from Site Builder?

  • Conversion from Site Builder will happen in phases once the core structure is built. The conversion work is targeted to begin once the project go/no-go decision is made by leadership and the core project team.
  • Site Builder pages are not structured consistently, so some manual review will be required to migrate the content; not all content will be able to move, in its current format, into the new platform.
  • Content needs to be appropriately tagged to be published and findable in the new web ecosystem.
  • Note that modern template or old template for Site Builder has no impact on migrations.
  • Please review your website and pages: fix broken links and make inactive or delete old or irrelevant content.
  • Documentation to provide more insight and details on the conversion will be made available as final details are worked out.
  • Like any major system change, there will be challenges and manual fixes will be needed. Please be patient and flexible, and email iwp@ucanr.edu if you need assistance.

Will there be training or resources available during migration?

Yes. Training will be provided via recurring webinars. Training aids will be available for content editing, and migration/cleanup documentation also will be provided to answer any questions. 

What can I see now?

A proof of concept (PoC) website at iwp.ucanr.edu allows you to get a sense of the future state.  

This will show some of the key concepts for IWP, but please note it is not the complete functionality.

What if I have a question or need assistance?

You may send email inquiries to iwp@ucanr.edu.

In addition, Training and Development Specialist Stephen Dampier has office hours by appointment on Tuesdays from 1:30-3:30. This is for Site Builder, IWP and general website and analytics questions.

Blog Questions


Where will existing blog content/posts go?

Active Blogs will migrate to IWP as a Group designed specific for blogs.

How will our audiences find that content?

Blogs will be available via search as part of our new content hub. 

What will happen to the list of subscribers to each individual blog? Will those subscribers need to manually “resubscribe” to related topics in our new system?

We will do our best to migrate as many as possible, and are looking at options for subscriptions.