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  • Migrating the content of a council website can be a pretty intimidating task. The typical local government site will have thousands of pages, pdf downloads and images. Depending on the way you work you might also have a couple of hundred content owners/authors to think about.

    Having recently gone through the migration process at Southwark Council I thought I’d share how we went about it and what we learnt along the way – what worked well and what we would do differently.

    To give you an idea of timeframes, we first started planning for content migration in August 2009, carried out the migration in January 2010, did quality checks and rewrites throughout February and then launched the new site at the end of March 2010.

  • The University of Wisconsin at Green Bay announced this week that it was switching fonts to save money, from Arial to Century Gothic. While the change sounds minor, it will save money on ink when students print e-mails in the new font.

    Diane Blohowiak is the school's director of computing. She says the new font uses about 30 percent less ink than the previous one.

    That could add up to real savings, since the cost of printer ink works out to about $10,000 per gallon.
    That's nothing to sneeze at, to be sure. Except for that little part about printing emails.

    Who prints emails these days? Why not just disable that function? With the exception of things like concert tickets, boarding passes, and so on, what needs to be printed? And while I'm five years from my last stint in higher education, I'm guessing students don't need to turn in hard-copies of papers anymore.


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