In January, UW-IT’s Enterprise Data & Analytics team began a partnership with three iSchool graduate students. The goal: to envision, design, and build a new, user-focused website to inform readers about UW’s data and analytics resources.
Shih-Hao Chiu, Chia-Ching Liu, and Christine Lin, along with our iSchool student employee, Rui Zhang, worked side by side with our team to develop the new site in 4 short months. Early and intensive education sessions helped the students understand our mission and value to the University. They pored over our old site, and then quickly mocked up a cleaner navigation structure and an attractive design. Using agile methodology, we developed iteratively, and managed scope as needed to complete the site in time for their June graduation.
The new site moves away from a text-based format, using images and short narrative to guide readers to content of interest. Those interested in self-service can quickly find the reporting and data analysis tools available. Business Intelligence developers are supported as well with detailed instructional information designed to enhance productivity. Regarded as a national leader in warehousing and business intelligence, the website also features content for external parties interested in learning about our best practices. The new site contains many other features, including the ability to subscribe to news and alerts, a graphical timeline chronicling the history of the warehousing and business intelligence at UW, online registration for training and community events, links to videos, and more.
A hearty congratulations to our four iSchool Capstone students! Through many real-world experiences, they have helped produce a world-class site for higher education data & analytics.