uWeb was born in the Winter of 2012. After a webmasters mailing list gathered over 100 members in a matter or weeks, a few or us knew we would have the support (and be able to bring the benefit) of a cross-grounds group that met both formally and informally to further heighten the web work being done at the University of Virginia.
With the help of Deke Schrum, Trey Mitchell, John Rhea, Ray Nedzel and Keith Donnelly, we set the next object of starting a steering committed for uWeb (shortly called iWeb@UVA). We offered the nominations to everyone on the webmasters list, self or other; and conducted voting with a ballot of everyone who was nominated who wanted to be nominate.
A steering committee was elected:
- John Rhea – Curry School, Webmaster
- Cathy Finn-Derecki – School of Medicine, Web Developer
- Doug Chestnut – UVA Library, Web Programmer
- Ray Nedzel – School of Medicine, Webmaster
- Scott Crittenden – ITS Webmaster
We have maintained an active mailing list; organized two social gathers at lunch; and now, with the help of LSP Coordinator Cheryl Sandas, we are preparing for the first uWeb Track and the LSP Conference.
And we, is you. That’s the nature of this group. Any web professional can belong, contribute, follow, and propel the next direction — be she a content editor, a web developer, a graphic designer, a web or social media strategist or any other way participate in the continual improvement of the UVA web.
We have a lot of people to thank in getting us here. From beTech and EdUI setting local positive examples of gather professionals together – among other things. To the enthusiasm the so many individuals have brought to this group. And to UVA for attracting and sustaining – like a beacon (or a bug zapper, or a flytrap) – great people with wonderful digital communication talents.
This, March 1, 2013, the day of the great sequester we have only just begun to do more — and, yes, working and sharing together, we promise to do more with less.
Rock on uWeb/You.