At its meeting number 2004/4 held on 9 March 2004, VCAC notedthat:
Item 10: Consistent URLs for the University of Canberra
VCAC received and noted a proposal to establish consistent URLs across the University. The committee noted that the branding of UC as http://www.canberra.edu.au is an extremely powerful marketing tool and an important factor in search engine ranking and is lost in URLs where this is broken up. A consistent URL would also assist in the implementation of a Web Content Management System.
In VCAC resolution 2004/4/6, VCAC agreed:
- that the University adopt a URL standard of the form: http://www.canberra.edu.au/xxxxxx/yyyyyy; and
- that responsibility for the allocation of all URLs hosted on UC servers should rest with the UC Online Program Manager.
With the Web Content Management System coming on line over the next six months, "marketing" sites in the Division will be transferred to the new system.
UCOnline Guidelines for the generation of URLs for the UC Online website are available online at http://www.canberra.edu.au/aboutuconline/standards/url-guide.html.
What this means to the Division is that current urls will change. Any reference to existing urls in printed materials must be changed at the earliest opportunity, as existing comedu.canberra.edu.au or www.ce.canberra.edu.au urls may not function from the end of 2004.
A draft table showing existing and proposed urls that conform to the VCAC decision and UCOnline guidelines has been produced.