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About the Web Standards Group (WSG)

Purpose

The Web Standards and Content Working Group (WSG) was established in May 2005 with the goal of creating a more consistent web presentation of UCSB across the various departments on campus. The group was assigned two main tasks towards accomplishing this goal:

  1. To recommend a set of web guidelines and best practices pertaining to usability, accessibility, and identity, that the ITPG, the ITB (Information Technology Board), the Office of Information Technology, the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor, and the Office of Public Affairs could endorse as standards for UCSB campus websites
  2. To create a central campus resource for disseminating information on these guidelines, as well as other web-related information, resources, and tools.

The WSG does not police campus websites. Instead, we promote and encourage campus web continuity through the use of established practices, logos, colors, etc., and adherence to UCSB policies.

The standards recommended by the WSG will continue to be updated to reflect the evolution of technologies, laws, and the needs of our campus constituencies.

Members and Meetings

The WSG is a campus-wide forum whose membership is drawn from web developers, designers, and administrators across campus. Its meetings, typically held the first Tuesday of every month, are open to all UCSB web professionals. Meeting announcements are disseminated through the UCSB-Web mailing list. WSG meeting notes and other documents are posted on the WSG group page on the campus (UCSB) IT website.

History

The WSG was formed in May 2005 as a subcommittee of the New Business Architecture (NBA) group, whose mission is to champion campus-wide information systems strategic planning and coordination. Student Information Systems & Technology Associate Director Lubomir Bojilov conceived, proposed, and organized the subcommittee, and served as its first chair.

The WSG became a task-level subcommittee/working group reporting directly to the ITPG in Fall 2005. Work began on the initial version of the webguide shortly thereafter. In an effort to help departments/units prioritize efforts, the framework of the Three Tiers was adopted. The initial version was brought before the ITPG for acceptance in late 2006 and was finally approved by the ITB in January 2007.

The WSG is active in promoting development and training opportunities for web professionals at UCSB. Since 2006, the group has organized more than 20 free workshops and Brown Bag forums on web standards, web accessibility, web applications security, web content management systems, and related topics. WSG podcasts of recent training activities are available online. The Office of Information Systems and Technology, the Division of Student Affairs, and the Disabled Students Program have provided support for this training.

In September 2012, the WSG organized a subcommittee to update the web guide, bringing the guide up-to-date with modern web development and design best practices as well as newer policy compliance and web accessibility requirements.

In 2013, amid restructuring of IT units within UCSB, the reporting chain for many of the ITPG formed working groups, including the WSG, was transferred to the UCSB IT Council.

Contact

You may contact the WSG with questions, comments, or suggestions at webstandards@ucsb.edu.