Shorvon (Chair), G. Avanzini, P. Berry, L. Bolduc, J. Wall, N. Fejerman,
R. Fisher, P. Lee, L. Sander, D. Sartieux
The Website Task Force was set up to oversee the development of
the ILAE Website, with the intention of developing the site into
a premier source of interactive information about ILAE and epilepsy-related
topics. Much progress has been made in the past 12 months. The Website
is now fully online and its basic architecture fully operational.
The problems concerning domain name ownerships have been resolved
and the primary URL is http://www.epilepsy.org/.
Other ILAE URLs are automatically linked to this. The home page
provides the ILAE mission, chapter login and news items, and a menu
leading to the 6 main sections (About ILAE; Commissions; Chapters;
Congresses; Publications; Links). Each of these sections is further
subdivided and each subsection is being progressively incremented
by information; indeed the value of the Website will increase over
time as more and more information is posted.
The Website Task Force has developed a mechanism for editing and
by this means it can be hoped that the standards of accession remain
high. One section of the Website is devoted to links to other ILAE
and epilepsy-related sites, and it is hoped that over time this
section will provide a useful access service. A chapter template
has also been developed for the home pages of individual ILAE chapters
and is being piloted; these chapters will also be linked to the
main ILAE site. ILAE documents, including the constitution, bylaws,
biographies, reports, and abstracts are posted on the site, as are
congress details and abstracts and a congress calendar. Professional
information such as research and educational opportunities, lists
of antiepileptic drugs internationally, and epilepsy-related guidelines
are planned. The day to day management of the Website is overseen
by the ILAE office in Hartford, Connecticut. At Hartford, work has
also been carried out on search engine access and the collection
of basic Website statistics that will be used to inform future development.
Joe Wall has kindly agreed to take the lead in the Hartford office.
The Website is in its infancy, and members can expect progressive
development and improvement over the next few years. More interactive
services are planned. Feedback is important and suggestions for
new areas or comments on existing services are very welcome. A central
repository of photographs has been established, but needs further
accession, and all members of the ILAE are invited and encouraged
to submit photographs for this collection.
Simon Shorvon, Chair
Website Task Force