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XXXII SCAR Delegates Meeting
23-25 July 2012, Portland Oregon, USA

SCAR XXXII IP17: The SCAR Website

Information Paper: 17
Agenda Item: 10.1
Posted/Revised: June 14
Person Responsible: Sparrow/Badhe

Executive Summary

Title: The SCAR Website

Authors: M Sparrow

Introduction/ Background: The SCAR web site is the major outlet for the organization to communicate with its members, the general public and scientists interested in SCAR’s work. However the current version is out of date and is very much internally focused on SCAR groups. The next generation SCAR website will be designed to appeal to a much wider audience, including the general public, funders, educators, policy makers, and journalists. SCAR has been exploring techniques used for marking-up the content and fostering cross-linkages between the SCAR site and others to improve search engine rankings. The updated SCAR web site will include dynamic features within, or as an adjunct to, the static web pages (e.g. use of drop-down menus and inclusion of multimedia material). The new web site will be a collaborative work-space, allowing the SCAR groups to manage their own space by using a Content management System.

Recommendations/Actions and Justification:  EXCOM approved a budget of $10,000 in 2011 to undertake this work.

Expected Benefits/Outcomes:  Improved visibility of SCAR and improved collaborative workspace for SCAR groups.

Budget Implications: No additional funds requested beyond the original $10,000 approved by EXCOM