Web Team Services
The LS Web Team provides web-based services to support teaching, learning and research in the College of Life Sciences. The two main types of services we provide are content managed websites and custom web applications.
Content Managed Websites
The LSIT Web Team can assist Faculty and Staff with the process of requesting and creating a website using the BYU Websites Platform (Brightspot). Where possible faculty and lab sites will be created as a sub-section of their corresponding department (for example, http://mmbio.byu.edu/grose-lab or http://pws.byu.edu/ghal).
Training on how to manage your site will be available by appointment. Additionally, you can browse the tutorials provided by University Communications.
Custom Web Applications
If the requirements of a website extend beyond the functionalities that a Content Managed Website can offer, the LS Web Team may develop custom web applications to fulfill the requirements. The IT Applications Architect will consult with the requestor to determine the most effective method to provide the requested functionalities.
A service agreement will be created that will require approval from all interested parties, including your department chair (or equivalent). Once the agreement has been approved the project will be placed in our project queue and development will begin as soon as resources are available.
Once development begins any major changes to the program or features not enumerated in the original agreement will require the creation and approval of a new service agreement. Because of the time and expense involved in making changes to a program in the middle of the development cycle we strongly encourage you to thoroughly review the agreement before the contract is approved.
Mobile (iOS/Android) Applications
Due to increasing demand, the Dean’s office has determined that the LSIT Web Team will provide support within a limited scope for the creation of apps for iOS and Android devices. Specifically, before accepting any requests for the creation of a mobile application, the IT Applications Architect will meet with the principal requester to determine the scope of the project as well as its projected cost in terms of student labor and supplies. Only requests relating to the requester’s teaching, research, or University service will be considered. An agreement will then be created between LSIT and the principal requester outlining the scope of the project and the projected cost. The principal requester will then be responsible for securing funds to pay for the projected cost. Once the app is completed and deployed on the app store the IT Applications architect will present the principal requester with an invoice detailing the actual costs of the app’s development. The principal requester will then transfer the funds to LSIT. The principal requester will not be responsible for costs exceeding the initial estimate, nor will they be responsible for more than the actual development costs as stated in the final invoice, even if the actual costs are less than the initial estimate.
Requests for mobile applications may be submitted in the same manner as website requests, though due to the greater workload involved in creating and maintaining mobile applications LSIT reserves the right to deny or postpone requests for mobile apps, and will execute discretion when determining which platforms (i.e. iOS or Android) will be supported. When a request is received, the IT Applications Development Architect will meet with the requester to determine the need and the best technology to accomplish the task according to the following criteria:
In the event that the principal requester desires to license the application for profit they will need to meet with BYU’s office of creative works before proceeding. Per the University’s intellectual property policy, 27.5% of the profits from the app will go to the University, 27.5% will go to the college, and 45% will go to the requester. No portion of the 45% that goes to the principal requester will be given to LSIT or to LSIT personnel. Instead the Dean will determine, on a case-by-case basis, what portion of the College’s share of the royalties to be given to LSIT. If the principal requester chooses not to license the app then it will be distributed as educational software free of charge to either the general public or to currently enrolled BYU students, depending on the nature of the application.
To request a custom service from the LS Web Team please contact the IT Applications Development Architect at 2-7449.