A new look to the Faculty of Oriental Studies website (http://www.orinst.ox.ac.uk/) has been launched.
This is not a radical redesign, but it does address a number of issues that had been identified with the old site. Notable among these are the website now supports mobile devices, has better accessibility for the visually impaired and complies with the University branding guidelines.
Along with the redesign many of the images on the site have been redone, making extensive use of photos taken by Sarah Crake on her travels across North Africa and Asia; http://www.peacockeyeimages.com/.
Over the summer a bespoke lecture list and room booking system has been created. This is a modified version of the one in use by the Faculty of Modern Languages which they created in house. Development of the system is ongoing, but it is now being used to manage the Faculty’s lecture lists and the hope is that it will eventually be used to manage room bookings across the Faculty.
The lecture lists can be accessed from: http://intranet.orient.ox.ac.uk/lectures/.
The main Faculty website, http://www.orinst.ox.ac.uk, has moved into a content management system (CMS). The move will make it easier to maintain and should open up new possibilities to develop the website further.
The PCs in the Institute for Chinese Studies language lab have been replaced with brand new computers.
The computers in the Oriental Institute language lab have been replaced with brand new computers. The replacement of the ageing computers was made possible by a grant from the James Mew Fund.
There is now a new back end system controlling the lecture lists that appear on the Faulty website. This system adds a number of new benefits, including an easier method of editing a lectures details, and adds the ability for someone to subscribe to a subject groups lecture list, allowing the display of a lecture list in any email client or calendar software that supports iCalendar format. To view the lecture lists or subscribe to a calendar visit http://intranet.orient.ox.ac.uk/lectures/.
A new blogging service for members of the Faculty of the Studies has been launched. This service allows Faculty members to create and publish their own blog while having the infrastructure managed by the Faculty. More information can be found at on the main blog site: http://blogs.orient.ox.ac.uk.
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