The Organization is still in the URL

One issue we keep wrestling with in ITS is how do we hide our organizational structure so that our Web presence can be more seamless to the non-ITS savvy user.

An interesting case is Studio 204. I must say it is a well-designed site and nowhere does it mention that it’s tied to ETS, TLT or even ITS. It just says it’s a video studio any student or instructor can access.

However…in order to access the site, I MUST know it’s a part of TLT because of the URL (see that little “tlt” between “studio204” and “”?). My first guess was “”, but alas I got a 404 error.

I’m really not trying not to play a blame game here (in fact I can hear some of you grinding your teeth an muttering “I know I know”). I also know that you do have to go through “channels” to get a URL like “” – although I also know that it’s not especially burdensome.

But if you’re ever wondering why people can’t find our valuable resources – maybe it’s because we’ve made some of our URL’s more exotic than people can digest.

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One Response to The Organization is still in the URL

  1. I thought we fixed that by going to:
    Most of our new services that are University-wide are trying to embrace a more direct, non (traditional) University approach to namespaces … another few that come to mind:
    The Studio 204 of yesterday is now Digital Commons … maybe the issue isn’t a URL but our own inability to communicate. You work in the ETS space and next door to the people who make these resources go. I am embarrassed … what do we need to do better to help jump this gap? I am honestly all ears on this one!

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