Thursday, July 20, 2006

Building a Web Site

Building a Web Site: "BUILDING A WEB SITE
Start with the basics, take it in stages, work up to the complex

Development of a web site is a logical process, which should work through from such basic questions as who’s in charge/who’s paying/what is the nature of the audience/how do we attract the audience to the site, to complex questions of adding some of the 'tomorrow' elements of technology ... after all the ducks are neatly in their row.

So says Marden Paul, Director of Strategic Computing, Office of the Vice-President and Provost, University of Toronto. And he should know, being in charge of one of the web’s more interesting and complex sites, which recently had a makeover.

Speaking to Fundraising Day of the Greater Toronto Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Paul notes that having got the who-are-we and who-are-we-talking-to questions out of the way, the next step is to develop a set of principles to guide the design and architecture of the site – how its information is to be organized and what information is to be included/excluded."

Monday, July 17, 2006

Today @ PC World - Geeks for a Good Cause

Today @ PC World - Geeks for a Good Cause: "Does helping to create a Wi-Fi antenna from a water bottle, wire mesh and a motorcycle tire valve stem sound like a great way to spend a few months away from work? How about working on a Linux-based PC that runs off a car battery and solar power?

If so, you may be a natural for Geekcorps, a hard-working nonprofit that trains people in the developing world to use technology. Geekcorps volunteers typically spend at least four months in countries like Lebanon, Mali, Ghana and Nigeria, working intensively with local people who want to use technology to accomplish some goal, like creating a network of regional markets to share prices of staples such as potatoes and pawpaw in African nations. Geekcorps pays the volunteers' travel expenses, housing, meals and other incidental expenses in return for their expertise."