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    WebNet presentation and name change

    By Web and Mobile Services (WAMS) , on 19 January 2016

    For those of you who attended WebNet in December 2015 and those who couldn’t attend, please read the presentation used at WebNet.

    What is the presentation about?

    It covers the CMS project, website standards and the launch of our new ‘building-great-websites’ site.
    This site is for people who are building / going to build a website and outlines everything you need to think about before and during the build!

    1. WebNet December 2015 – Presentation (pdf)
    2. Building Great Websites

    Name change for WAMS

    Following a review of the former Learning Technology and Media Services (LTMS) teams in ISD, it has been decided to change the names of the individual teams
    from January 1st, 2016, to reflect more accurately what they do:

    1. Digital Media (formerly Creative Media Services)
    2. Digital Education (formely E-learning Environments or ELE)
    3. Digital Presence (formerly Web & Mobile Services or WAMS)

    There are no changes to email addresses such as and

    Please also look at our project page for the new CMS (Drupal)

    WebNet: autumn term meeting on 2 December

    By Clare Kennedy, on 13 November 2015

    You’re warmly invited to join Web & Mobile Services on Wednesday 2 December, 2-4 pm, at the Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, Room LG04 for this term’s WebNet meeting. Directions to the Institute of Education can be found at:

    Take part in a Q&A session about UCL’s new content management system, learn more about the Drupal feature roadmap and find out about the work being done to improve department and faculty websites.

    We will upload the meeting slides to the blog following WebNet and update our online CMS project FAQs to include questions covered during the meeting. Keep an eye on the WebNet category for further posts.

    No need to RSVP. We look forward to seeing you there!

    WebNet presentation

    By Web and Mobile Services (WAMS) , on 22 June 2015

    Thanks to those that came to the WebNet meeting on June 18th.
    We have had a number of requests for the presentation and for those who came but would like to have another look, please visit the WAMS news page on the ISD website at


    Reminder – WebNet tomorrow June 18th

    By Web and Mobile Services (WAMS) , on 17 June 2015

    This is to remind you that tomorrow, Thursday June 18th,  between 12 and 2, WAMS is holding its termly WebNet meeting which this time is dedicated to a briefing about
    Indigo and Silva and the new CMS.

    The room is in the basement of the Cruciform building:

    LT2 Basement 404

    Feel free to bring your lunch.

    Hope to see you there!
    The WAMS team


    WebNet: Indigo and Silva Briefing

    By Web and Mobile Services (WAMS) , on 9 June 2015

    Come and find out more about Indigo – UCL’s website design pattern library – and how it works with Silva.

    The provisional programme is:

    The new CMS: what’s happening?
    What is Indigo?
    What is the difference between an Indigo Silva template and the existing corporate template?
    How easy is it to move my site to Indigo Silva?
    Is Silva editing different with Indigo?
    When can I start?

    No need to book.
    Venue: Cruciform Basement, B404 – LT2
    Date: Thursday 18 June 2015
    Time: 12.00 – 2.00pm


    Silva outage – Wed May 6th 2015

    By Web and Mobile Services (WAMS) , on 27 April 2015

    Dear Silva Editors,

    Outage – no editing – Wed May 6th between 5pm and 8pm

    Next week Wednesday between 17.00pm and 20.00pm there will be NO editing in Silva.

    Please pass this on to the relevant Chief Editors, Editors, and Authors.

    We apologise in advance for any inconvenience.

    Best wishes,

    Web & Mobile Services

    What’s happening with the new CMS?

    By Susan M Farrell, on 23 January 2015

    We’ve been talking about the new CMS for ages, so what’s actually happening? Well, we are going through an EU tender process to procure our new CMS. This means that there are three stages to the procurement:

    Pre-qualification questionnaire – at this stage suppliers are asked to answer a whole range of questions about their company and their way of operating as well as what technological solution they are proposing.

    Invitation to tender – this is the stage when the suppliers must answer some in-depth questions about the solution they are suggesting and provide details of costs.

    Presentation – this provides an opportunity for UCL to quiz the suppliers further to ensure we are happy with what they are offering. We are also including a hands-on session at this stage. This is where the suppliers make their CMS available for a few content editors to have a go. This will enable us to judge how easy the CMS is to use rather than relying on the suppliers to tell us.


    Currently we are just concluding the Pre-qualification questionnaire stage. We have had to score the 21 questionnaires that were submitted and decide on the top 5 or 6 suppliers. These suppliers will then be invited to tender.

    I will keep you updated as we go through this process.


    Dan Jackson leaving

    By Web and Mobile Services (WAMS) , on 18 December 2014

    Today is Dan Jackson’s last day with Web & Mobile Services.

    We are very sad to see him go but would like to wish him all the very best!

    Thanks for all the work you’ve done for UCL, ISD and WAMS.

    Web & Mobile Services


    By Web and Mobile Services (WAMS) , on 11 December 2014

    For those who attended WebNet on December 3rd, 2014, those who wanted to attend but couldn’t and also those who never thought of attending:

    1. LectureCast of WebNet December 3rd, 2014 – with speaker Dan Jackson (WAMS) and Paul Boag (Headscape) – 55 minutes.
    2. Paul Boag’s Digital Transformation for HE (pdf to download)
    3. User-testing website – to get users video-ed whilst testing
    4. Free user-testing website ‘Peek’ with generic tasks
    5. Crazy Egg website – to see where people click on your site
    6. Don’t make me think by Steve Krug – if you have time to read a short book…
    7. Hemingway App – to help you edit long paragraphs

    Paul Boag at WebNet 2014 at UCL

    WebNet: Paul Boag – Wednesday, Dec 3rd at 2pm

    By Web and Mobile Services (WAMS) , on 17 November 2014

    Web & Mobile Services are inviting you to this term’s WebNet on December 3rd , 2014.
    It will take place at 2pm – 4pm in Lecture Theatre B17 in the basement of 1 – 19 Torrington Place.

    We are  very excited to confirm Paul Boag, digital strategist as our main speaker.

    Paul Boag is one of the founders of Headscape, a prolific blogger widely known for his very practical and sometimes controversial blog posts, who tweets regularly at and has over 20 years’ experience of helping organisations manage digital change.

    We have asked Paul to touch on a number of issues relevant to web Editors in his talk about ‘Digital Strategy’ such as content strategy and user testing, but are waiting to get the title of his talk confirmed.

    Dan Jackson from WAMS will be updating you on Indigo, the design language created by Web & Mobile Services.

    We will be advertising the event shortly – no need to book.

    Please look out for news, both in ‘The Week at UCL’ and on the ISD website.

    Looking forward to seeing you on December 3rd.

    Web & Mobile Services