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Using XML to Create an Online Course Catalog

TPR6 Technical: Propeller Hats Required Track



Stony Brook University will share the best practices and lessons learned from its recent project to create an online student course catalog. The automation project’s goal was to “go green” and reduce expenses related to the printed undergraduate bulletin — a 500-page publication that is almost always out of date by the time of distribution. Now, with an online version of the catalog maintained using the OmniUpdate Web content management system, the catalog can be updated and managed easily, and uses XML to take course information directly from the university's database. During this session, Stony Brook will review the reasons behind the project, give a technical overview, demonstrate the online application, and discuss the university’s next-step development plans.


Michael Gasparino
Web Content Manager, Stony Brook University

Michael Gasparino is a Web content manager with the Stony Brook University Office of Communications. Mr. Gasparino works with several departments and divisions across campus, building and maintaining websites and managing other Web initiatives. Stony Brook University is one of the State University of New York's four university centers and has almost 24,000 students and 1,000 faculty members spread over three campuses located in Stony Brook, Manhattan, and Southampton, NY.

Lance Merker
President, CEO, OmniUpdate

Lance Merker has been president and CEO of OmniUpdate since 2001. Under his leadership, OmniUpdate has become the leading provider of Web content management software (CMS) in the higher education marketplace. Mr. Merker is a regular guest speaker on the subject of Web CMS and social networking at industry conferences nationwide. He holds a BS and MBA from the University of California, Riverside.