Open + Connected

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The New Academics of Social Media Networking

SOC5 Social Media Track

Wright B


Stanford University's School of Humanities & Sciences recently completed a two-year Web development project, rolling out three new academic websites. These department sites help lay a foundation in our school for bringing together traditional university academics and the social Web. Our community services platform infuses all the usual departmental information with fresh dynamic content, self-managed personal profiles, blogs, groups, discussion boards, messaging, internal and external event calendaring, multimedia imagery, login/accounts, and much more. Powering the front-end is a specialized Web-based CMS application, developed in conjunction with our vendor partner, that aims to decentralize site management for the department staffs.

Will online social collaboration and academics live in peace? Come see our new sites in action and catch a glimpse into the underlying story that's still being written, sometimes without a table of contents!


David Hart
IT/IS Project Manager, Stanford University

David is currently an IT analyst and project manager in the School of Humanities & Sciences at Stanford University on a small team that supports the IT/IS efforts of our 80 departments and programs. He consults with school staff and faculty to identify and realize technical solutions for our academic community.

David's background is in IT, Web applications, technical writing, communications, educational software, application support, music and audio production. Prior to Stanford, he enjoyed a stint at Google as a product support specialist and tech writer. He received a bachelor of music from Berklee College of Music in Boston.