ERIC Number: ED405828
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
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Developing a CWIS--It's Not a Computing Center Project.
Smith, Carol L.; Nealon, Bonnie M.
In December 1994, DePauw University (Greencastle, Indiana) began developing plans for creating its World Wide Web-based campus wide information system (CWIS), DePauwINFO. Thirteen team members were recruited whose interests were intentionally diverse to ensure a broad representation of the entire campus community. A project timeline was proposed that involved two key milestones: developing a prototype CWIS to show at public open houses during Alumni Weekend; and continuing development over the summer, to finish the production by the beginning of the fall semester. To aid in defining the CWIS mission, five subcommittees were formed, each responsible for a major component of the development. When finished, the prototype CWIS contained more than 100 Web documents, and it illustrated a variety of Web capabilities ranging from simple text-based pages to ones with graphics, online forms, and searchable databases. Advertising bookmarks were developed and mailed to alumni and prospective students. Information sponsors were designated and contacted; sponsors then designated information providers, who were given basic training in the technology. The startup version of the CWIS went "live" during the second week of September. The final task was to define and ongoing governance team who would maintain the CWIS. A "directions" subcommittee was formed to recommend and prioritize issues that should be addressed. Guiding a team using total quality management methods proved to be a rewarding way to complete a project. (AEF)
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