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Blogress (it’s kind of like progress) February 2, 2007

Posted by ficial in web 2.0.
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I talked with our Office of Career Counseling and our Alumni Office about setting up blogs on our new server. They were definitely interested. More importantly, it got the ball rolling on building a blogging policy. We’re still in the early discussion stage, but there are enough people with enough interest that I think we’ll get somewhere.

One of the big questions to be resolved is blog ownership / authorship. We aren’t establishing just a general blogging service here, we’re setting up Williams blogs: departments, offices, student groups, etc. That means that the college brand and identity will at least somewhat be tied to them. On the other hand, the blog authors aren’t there just to be a mouthpiece for the college. Sanctioning official blogs means giving up a certain amount of control, which is scary from an administrative perspective.

Interesting times. Once we hash out something I’ll post some kind of summary here (but don’t hold your breath).

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1. James - February 4, 2007

How exciting! Can that really be said about writing policies? Well at any rate it is blogress. I look forward to hearing what comes out of this. I hope you will blog more about this.

One question though – Is there a reason to differentiate between web site and weblog?

2. ficial - February 6, 2007

One question though – Is there a reason to differentiate between web site and weblog?

It depends on the blog. If it’s a departmental blog, then it’s probably not worth making the distinction – whatever controls and policies the department is using for its website would be fine also for its blog.

The difficulty arises when the blog authors aren’t directly a part of the institution. For example, the Office of Career Counseling wants to have blogs about a particular job sectors, with alumni from those sectors writing blog entries. The blogs are official Williams blogs and reflect that way on the college, but the authors are associated only by having gone there. We need either to limit what sorts of things the authors can say, or find a way to make it clear that the opinions expressed by the authors aren’t necessarily related to any opinion / position held by the college.

An important distinction here is that we’re talking about official college blogs. Anybody associated with the college is certainly welcome (encouraged, even) to blog on their own as an individual rather than as a representative of the college (and in such a case we would point them towards some independent hosting system).

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4. newmw - February 13, 2007

Currently I’m also involved in this collaborative blogging project from the University of Amsterdam: http://mastersofmedia.hum.uva.nl Since blogging is also a nice way to learn how to work together, perhaps not just a tool to publish.

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