Students Assist with Web Sites

Alfred State College students enrolled in information technology classes recently lent their budding expertise to the local community.

The web applications and applied database management classes revamped the Allegany County Historical Society's Web site. The classes built a content management system, organizing the group’s data into a relational data system allowing for the storage of historical data, the searching of site data, and the dynamic generation of Web material. The site will allow the historical society to remotely administer it while delivering items of historical interest to researchers, including stories, census data, cemetery data, and genealogical information. Included in the site will be a forum for site users and researchers. The historical society's president, Ron Taylor, was actively involved with meeting the students and sharing his organization’s concerns and wishes. In addition, the introduction to web page development students will perform data entry and usability testing for the Web site.

Additionally, the web programming I class developed a Web presence for the Canisteo Community Support Group, Inc., an organization that raises funds for local causes and manages two local events: Christmas in the Village and Crazee Daze. The students are building an information dissemination site for the organization with the hope that the site becomes the primary source of information regarding the group and its events to its external constituents.

Enke would also like to note that his CISY 7203 (web programming II) class is continuing improvements on both the Allegany County Historical Society site and the Canisteo Community Support Group Web presence.

“Both projects involve a fair amount of work to really make them shine, and I am very proud of my students from both last semester and this semester for their hard work,” he says.