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September 12th, 2007 by Erick Beck

You may recall that a few months ago we mentioned changes that were coming regarding the web server. We have taken the next step in introducing those changes with the publication of a new terms of service document for use of the platform.

We realize that change is never easy, but there are times when fundamental shifts must take place in order to continue moving forward. Making matters more difficult, there has been no major revision of how and why the service is used in many years. Many of the guidelines and many of the sites that are currently in place have been there since the mid 1990s, which is an eternity in internet time, without going through a reevaluation. We feel that the upcoming redesign to the university web site, the introduction of content management to the process of web publications, and the hardware reconfigurations necessary to implement these projects meant it was time to revisit how the service is being used.

We urge anyone with sites hosted on the server to review the document and see how and if they will be effected. The first and primary mission of the service is to further the work of the university, and we are not seeking to limit organizations who are carrying out that mission. We plan to use the fall semester as a soft transition period, allowing organizations to begin updating their web presence in a measured manner. We are hopeful that the transition can be completed by January 2008.

John and I will be contacting most of the organizations who might be affected by these changes, but if you feel one of your sites might be included then please do not hesitate to call us. We’ll do whatever we can to help explain the situation and make the transition as quick and painless as possible.

Wednesday, September 12th, 2007
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