In response to suggestions by Committee chairs and members, and as a component of improving AMIA's overall communication strategy, the Board has approved funding to redesign the AMIA website. As the Association's "public face" and as its primary communication mechanism, the website plays a significant role that will only increase in importance going forward.
This redesign will lay the foundation for the website's continued development, focused on addressing the needs of the membership and building an architecture for the site that will allow us to add additional components and offer additional services in the future. The goal is to have the website redesign launched in time for the Annual Conference in Rochester
The key issues during this stage of the redesign are:
· The ability to clearly navigate the site: A site structure and menu process that will allow both members and non-members to access materials and information with ease;
· The ability to add on site components: A site structure that will allow the site to add components as AMIA's needs grow;
· A Members-only area: A password protected area for members only;
· A Committee Updates Section: The ability for Committees and Interest Groups to update their areas of the website, without affecting other areas of the site. Each section of the current website will be reviewed and updated, with revisions made where needed;
· The Ability for Simple Updating: A structure that allows for updates to the site to be done as easily and effectively as possible, helping to insure that the website stays up to date.
Because each section of the website will also be reviewed, we will be working with each Committee, Task Force and Interest Group to provide updated pages for their section of the website. If there are additional issues you would recommend be addressed, please contact your Committee chairs so we can incorporate as much as we can. While it's impossible to include everything at this time, we hope to deal with larger and more ambitious website components as the website develops.
While the timeline is ambitious, the website is a critical element of communications both within AMIA and external to AMIA and a worthy priority.
The Website Redesign Task Force
Caroline Frick, Chair