Web Team

The University's central web pages are maintained by the IT Services Web Team.

The Web Team provides consultation, design and development services to UoA departments and sections for college or administration approved work.

Contact

Standard service requests are accessible via the Web Team and are available during core business hours (09:00 - 17:00, Monday - Friday).

Email: web-team@abdn.ac.uk

Edward Wright Building
Dunbar Street
Old Aberdeen
AB24 3QY


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Maintenance and Requests

Maintenance

We provide:

  • Updates and additions to the University's Central web pages, academic departments or support sections where a CMS (Content Management System) is unavailable
  • General support for any web page related issues

New Sites and Application Development

Please contact David Young (dyoung@abdn.ac.uk) for new website content requests. For general enquiries or requests for bespoke applications, please contact the Web Team (web-team@abdn.ac.uk). Web development costs for research grants can be found in the Research Costing Tool. Please note that bespoke developments for research must be discussed with the Web Team prior to the submission of the grant proposal.

Training courses: forthcoming dates and online booking

Training

Please note: Only designated web editors have access to OpenText CMS. You should only attend OpenText training if you have been asked to do so by your website’s owner.

Content Management – OpenText CMS

Training for our OpenText Enterprise level CMS is provided by the IT Services Training and Documentation Team. There are two levels – Introductory and Further. You will not be granted access to the OpenText CMS until you have attended an Introductory level training course.

Introduction to OpenText CMS

This course introduces participants to the CMS. You will learn how to create and edit web pages, work with assets such as images and documents, and publish your web pages to a live, training website.

Forthcoming dates - click on your preferred date to book online:

Further OpenText CMS

This course covers both Modules and News and Events. Not all participants will need to cover both topics. You will learn how to add Modules such as slide shows to your web pages and/or add news items to your website.

Forthcoming dates - click on your preferred date to book online:

Writing for the Web

This training course is intended for members of staff who are directly involved in preparing content for their website will be of particular benefit to those who have attended, or who will be attending, OpenText CMS training. You will learn why writing for the web is different from other writing styles and techniques specific to online writing.

Forthcoming dates - click on your preferred date to book online:

Web Accounts and URLs

Corporate Content

A corporate website will have a URL with the format www.abdn.ac.uk/something/. These websites may only be used for work approved by the Digital Communication team, where the development is carried out by the Web Team or an approved third-party supplier.

Please note: we will not put third-party software such as WordPress on the corporate server.

Corporate URL Examples

Approved URLs will take the format of

  • www.abdn.ac.uk/something/ top-level URLs will only be given out after discussion with the Web Team and are reserved for corporate-styled websites
  • www.abdn.ac.uk/events/an-event/ approved event
  • www.abdn.ac.uk/research/a-project/ approved research project, group or area

In all cases, the URL will be assigned only after discussion with the Digital Communications team.

Personal Publishing

File Space Quota

Please note: the storage space for each web account is limited to 4GB in size. Should you require more space, please speak to the Web Team directly.

Publish Your Web Pages

Before your web pages can be seen on the Internet, they need to be published to the University’s web service. The publishing step creates the link to your content and adjusts the file permissions on the pages so that the web server is able to read them. You can set these permissions yourself, or better still, use the utility described here instead.

External Domain Names

In certain circumstances, the University will support the hosting of web content under a third party domain name. Please consult the Web Team before purchasing an external domain name.

Staff Pages

The Staff Pages system allows you to edit and manage your own staff page which can be displayed across the University site as required.

The system also allows you to display your publications from PURE.

Your staff page can always be found at http://www.abdn.ac.uk/staffpages/mailname where mailname is your mail alias eg http://www.abdn.ac.uk/staffpages/j.allan. This staff page information may also be pulled onto school, discipline or departments sites as required.

It is the responsibility of all staff to ensure their central staff profile is both up-to-date and professional in its presentation.

As a basic requirement all staff should ensure their profile includes:

  • A recent photograph of themselves in which their face is clearly identifiable
  • Phone and email contact details
  • Office address (if applicable)
  • Web links to relevant Discipline, School & College

In addition (where applicable), academic staff should ensure the sections below are completed:

  • Biography – this should be up-to-date and demonstrate academic background
  • Research Interests
  • Teaching Responsibilities (if any)
  • External Responsibilities (if any)

Support & administrative staff should ensure their profile includes a summary of their responsibilities/areas covered.

Academic staff should also ensure their publications are both complete and being accurately displayed. The profiles draw publication data from the PURE system and so any changes will need to be drawn from there.

Utilities

PHP

If you want to develop web-based applications, one of the most popular programming languages for doing so is PHP. We provide details of how it has been implemented at the University.

MySQL

You can create and maintain your own MySQL databases using the our locally installed utilities. MySQL is an ideal partner product for web development using PHP. Self-registration is required to use the service.

  • RF21: Online registration for MySQL administrator account [Online form - Uni login required]

Streaming Media

Stream your own video or audio clips using the Kaltura Streaming Media Service. The majority of staff should now use MyAberdeen to upload and manage video. See the Centre for Academic Development's eLearning web pages for user guides.

For any enquiries related to video or audio on our corporate website please contact web-team@abdn.ac.uk.

Please Note: The Web Team does not provide any training relating to the above technologies.

Content Filtering

The University’s web content filter checks every URL request against a blacklist of undesirable websites. If a requested URL is on the blacklist, the content filter returns a replacement page, informing the user of what has happened and why.

The suppliers of our content filtering software offer a range of criteria for blacklisting, including those relating to pornography and inciting illegal activity, and we receive regular updates to the blacklist from them.

When a website has been wrongly classified as unsuitable for University access we can remove it from the blacklist. Similarly, we can add URLs to the blacklist if we come across websites that have been missed.

Further details on the filter criteria are given in the Web Content Filter Guidelines.

Requesting the unblocking or blocking of a URL or domain

It is acknowledged that some unfiltered web access may be necessary for academic purposes and, to cater for this, the content filter can be configured to permit unfiltered access by specified computers.

Use the appropriate link below to request the unblocking or blocking of a URL or domain. You will be asked to give a brief description of the website and your reasons for asking it to be unblocked or blocked. These reasons should make reference to the criteria in the Web Content Filter Guidelines.

The submission of your request will be acknowledged via email with a Service Desk 'call reference number'. Service Desk staff will review the request and respond to let you know whether it has been accepted. In the case where text on the website is in a language other than English, you may be asked to provide a translation of sections of the text.