The guts of the informatics MT server are now in decent shape, with rudimentary backups and security automated. It seems that Stanford is headed toward MT, but they’ve made the wise decision to hold off on centralizing it until MT Pro comes along. Looks like Dartmouth beat us to the punch in terms of getting up a server.
Here’s why ours is going to be better, though: this isn’t predicated on “Build it and they will come.” Most people are not just sitting there with a bunch of things they want to express to the world. By integrating it with the curriculum, and using it in various classes, we give the students a raison-de-blog(ue?). Many of them, I suspect, will do the bare minimum needed to pass the class and then drop it. Others, I bet, will continue to blog and become better writers and more interesting people for it.
In the mean time, I have spent far too much time plugging away at this. Like blogging on my own site, the hours spent doing this are not part of my job description–they are just for fun. Anything that doesn’t lead to funding or publication (in that order) is considered extraneous. Too bad it’s so fun.
Lots of bits an pieces still need to happen. I need to put up privacy and use policies, as well as some very basic MT tutorials.