Web Communications

The Office of Biomedical Communications and Biomed Computer Services function together to provide coordinated access to web design and development resources for the Division of Biology and Medicine.

What We Do

  • Manage content for the divisional website and its major components -- the Program in Biology and the Warren Alpert Medical School.
  • Develop and execute web communication strategies and policies
  • Provide website design and implementation services

Biomed Web Communication assists users in developing a variety of web projects—from departmental websites to online registration forms.  A list of services is below:

Medical School BrownSites

In partnership with Brown University Web Services,  The Division web communications team provides a web template for Biomed departments, offices, and organizations.  The platform, called "BrownSites," allows users of all technical backgrounds to create and maintain their own departmental websites.

For more information, please contact Jumoke Dumont Please contact Jumoke Dumont, web content manager, via email at Jumoke@brown.edu or by phone (401.863.6226)

Custom Site Development

Some departments and offices have more complex needs that cannot be met by BrownSites.  Alternative website development methods are available in these cases.  Please contact Jumoke
Dumont, web content manager, via email at Jumoke@brown.edu or by phone (401.863.6226) for assistance with determining whether BrownSites or custom development is right for your site.

Additional Site Components

Brown offers a standardized blog, event calendar, and wiki components that can easily be incorporated into your web page or BrownSite.

Web Hosting

Brown departments, centers, groups, or organizations can host their official websites in the brown.edu web environment. Users can request a web publishing account and a new space to build a site, or simply a web publishing account to publish to an already existing space. For further information, please see http://www.brown.edu/information-technology/services/web-hosting-services.

Web Governance

The Office of Biomedical Communications has partnered with Brown CIS to pilot a web governance program, called Siteimprove, that allows web editors to quickly and easily identify and locate problematic content - broken links, misspellings, and other errors that create negative experiences for site visitors.

Siteimprove "crawls" websites--cataloging pages, media files and documents and then generates an email summary of pages, broken links, misspellings, and other errors.  Users can link to the Siteimprove dashboard from the email summary to identify and locate these errors. 

The Siteimprove service comes is standard to all medical school departments using Brownsites. New user training is available at the Siteimprove website

Web Policies

Departments and programs are solely responsible for the content of their websites. By using a BrownSite linked to any of the Division's main websites or hosting a website on Division servers, you agree to keep your content up to date, accurate, and in keeping with the mission of the Division of Biology and Medicine. Revisit your content often and ensure that dates, staff, and other information that changes frequently are correct.

When inaccurate or outdated website content comes to the Office's attention, efforts will be made to notify site owners that their site needs updating. If those updates are not made, the Office reserves the right to remove the pages.