Advanced Internet Lab Wins Website of the Month

Posted: August 21, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Emily Yaghmour

“Form and function are strong features of this month’s website of the month,” says Paras Kaul of University Relations. The winning website for August belongs to George Mason’s newly created Advanced Internet Lab.

“In regard to function, navigation on the Advanced Internet Lab’s site is clear and operational,” says Kaul. “Each page allows you to go forward to new pages or back from where you have been without struggling to find the way.”

The purpose of the Advanced Internet Lab is to conduct research on high-performance, large-bandwidth Internet core networks. The lab’s current focus is on multi-protocol label switching or MPLS, a sophisticated routing and switching technique. The lab was created last year with funds provided by UUNET, a WorldCom company and a global leader in Internet communication solutions.

“We hope the site helps get the lab’s name out there in the technical community,” says Pam Jones of the Advanced Internet Lab. “When people are looking for MPLS information on the web, we want our site to pop up.”

The template for the site was developed by Adrienne Brown of the Department of Instructional Improvement and Instructional Technologies (DoIIIT), says Jones. Once the template was complete, Jones; Brown; Rajiv Papneja, one of the lab’s graduate research assistants; and Bijan Jabbari, director of the lab, worked together to further develop the site. It took approximately a week to create it, says Jones.

Members of the Website of the Month selection committee include committee chair Jeanette Blanchard of University Computing and Information Systems, Judith Chamberlain of DoIIIT, Janice Sutera of University Career Services, and Paras Kaul. Winning websites must use the proper university signature, identify a contact person and provide complete contact information, include the date the page was last revised, provide easy navigation through the site, and display pages rapidly. In making its selection of winning websites, the committee also considers how aesthetically pleasing sites are and whether they include search capabilities. Visit the Website of the Month contest website to find out more or to nominate a site for the honor.

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