There are big changes coming to the staff intranet! The staff intranet, also known as “docs”, is the default homepage for staff on campus and has served us well for the last… actually I don’t know how many years! But it’s becoming increasingly apparent that the systems – both process and technical – are not able to scale with the growth of the University and with the increasing reliance on the web as a publishing point.
Along side the staff intranet, for the last three years we have had GO, our portal system available to both staff and students offering single sign on access to a range of web-based services from Edge Hill. While it’s been possible to access the intranet via GO, it’s never been well integrated but our changes will move to a single platform.
For about a year we’ve been slowly growing our use of Confluence, an enterprise wiki system which will manage most of the content available through GO. To date the Faculty of Health has been the largest user as part of their extranet project but over the next few months we will be implementing the migration of the contents of the staff intranet into Confluence.
We’ll be using this opportunity to give sites a good winter clean and give access to departments to enable them to easily create and update pages and link to files, all through a web interface. The wiki offers a number of other benefits such as searching across pages and documents, and – of course – integrates with many other services available through GO.
GO and the staff intranet are very different beasts and so we’ll be making further developments to aid the transition. Some of these might be temporary such as a new default homepage for people who haven’t yet taken advantage of the personalisation available through GO. Other changes will apply to everyone including students.
I’m pretty excited by the changes that are coming and we’ll be introducing some possibly as soon as early December so stay tuned to find out more!