Institute (MRI): Web
Revised: May 21, 2014
Table Of Contents
The Internet World Wide Web (WWW) provides the mechanism to publish and distribute information to all Internet users. The WWW is a structured interface to the vast resources on the Internet. The WWW consists of web sites containing web presentations of one or more linked documents called web pages that are accessible worldwide, day or night, in any time zone. This document defines the Mentor Research Institute's acceptable-use policy for creating a Mentor Research Institute (MRI) reference library by publishing web pages accessible across the World Wide Web which will be published at the location OregonCounseling.Org. The Mission of Mentor Research Institute is central to policy, programs and activities of OregonCounseling.Org.
The Mission of Mentor Research Institute (MRI) The purpose of Mentor Research Institute (MRI) is to identify problems relevant to the individual as well as the greater community and to disseminate information by promoting and conducting research and training that will contribute to a better quality of life marked by greater satisfaction, health, safety and well-being.
Mentor Research Institute (MRI) supports OregonCounseling.Org to provide easy access to appropriate information for external MRI affiliates and the public through access to Web pages containing reference MRI information. The MRI reference Web pages are created by MRI and distributed by a contracted external Web Presence Provider. This technology is provided by MRI for MRI Mission related business only. The MRI Web page server is a firewall protected standalone system that is not tied to any MRI application system. Access to the Web page server must not give the user access or a path to any other MRI server.
Page Content Policy
All Web page content must be approved by MRIs Web Site Committee. Web page content for any information published may be discontinued at any time without prior notice to the author in the sole and absolute discretion of MRIs Web Site Committee. Web page content must be consistent with the program's strategic communication goals, and comply with protocols established by MRI. MRI defines the presentation and format for MRI's Web site, which includes all programs and activities. The MRI Web presentation will give a united image to the public and present information in terms that are understandable and useable by the public. The OregonCounseling.Org home page will be the starting point for WWW access to information about the entire program.
Web Site Research Policy
Research conducted through the Web site must be financially self-supporting, consistent with the mission of MRI and conform to MRI policy for this Web site.
Use Of Editorial Committees
MRI will establish editorial committee(s) or designee(s) as needed. Those committee(s) or designee(s) will review, edit and recommend for approval to MRIs Web Site Committee all content submitted for publication on the Web site: OregonCounseling.Org. MRI affiliates will be encouraged to review all materials internally prior to their submission to the MRI editorial review process. The MRI editorial committee(s) or designee(s) will be appointed by the MRI Board of Directors.
Guidelines For Web Page Creation
Mentor Research Institutes Web Philosophy
The World Wide Web is an important tool for Mentor Research Institute (MRI) to achieve its mission and goals.
Informing citizens of all types (clients, families, advocates, decision-makers, service providers) about quality of life issues is a primary aspect of MRI's mission. Increasing public awareness, providing information, resources, referral and research opportunities is also critical to MRI's efforts to develop stronger community partnerships.
Use of electronic communications can lead to better efficiencies with regard to MRI mission and goals. For example, reduced costs for publications (paper, printing, storage), less front-line staff time providing basic information and directing inquiries, and a better informed citizenry and professional community.
MRI Web Site Goals
The Mentor Research Institute (MRI) Web site is a tool to help achieve MRI's goals: To provide Information, Resources, Referral, and enable Research that will support informed quality of life decisions by the public.
Key strategies to carry out the mission of MRI on the OregonCounseling.Org Web site:
Guidelines For Preparing Web Page Content
The following guidelines are to be followed by Web site contributors and producers who are creating or placing information onto the World Wide Web through OregonCounseling.Org. The intent is to maintain credibility, consistency, readability and ease of use for readers of this information.
MRI World Wide Web Presentation Style
The following guidelines and elements apply specifically to OregonCounseling.Org.
The design grid will be provided as a template by the MRI. The design grid consists of a header, body, and an optional footer. Handouts will follow or be similar in format to those already published on the site.
All other pages will contain a standard text format with no graphics. The Webmaster may have the discretion to publish a graphic provided it is essential to the content of the page and consistent with the mission of MRI.
The body is the content and the substance of the web page. See content discussion for information.
Subject, Author Name and Date
The body of each page is to begin with Subject, Author Name and Date. It will include a created date and will be replaced with a revised date each time the page is updated. The author of a page, or the contact person(s) for the information described on that page must be included. A way to reach that author will be included when appropriate - preferably an active e-mail address. All other inquiries can be handled using info@OregonCounseling.Org .
The footer is optional and at the discretion of the Webmaster.
List the URL of the page: "http://www.etc...." OregonCounseling.Org.
The OregonCounseling.Org logo can be placed on pages at the discretion of the Webmaster.
Graphics should be small for loading purposes (i.e., total maximum 30k per page, which takes approximately 10 seconds on a 28.8 modem to load). Images for links will be minimized to keep the site fast. Images should be cropped closely.
If a large graphic is indicated, an expandable thumb size graphic should be used. The browser can display the text first and fill in the graphics. This strategy makes the experience of downloading faster. Use embedded images. Minimize the use of "under construction" signs, they can be annoying. Animated graphics or Java script applets may be approved on a project basis by the Webmaster.
Graphics are not required to have an "alt tag." The site is designed to minimize the use of graphics and will not use graphic links. Alt tags are necessary for those whose browsers don't support graphics, who navigate with graphics turned off, or who rely on speech synthesizers to read text. Providing few images is essential to MRI's ability to provide equal access to information for all Oregonians.
"Previous" and "next" connections will rely on the site visitors web browser. A navigation bar including contents will be on the home page for the next layer only.Links Policy
All links must be relevant to the topic of the page and the mission of MRI. Links that could be of value to the reader but are not related to the content of that particular page should be listed where they are most relevant. Use internal links on long pages. Use relative links because full URLs could cause the browser to reload the entire page. List topics at the top of the page. It is permissible to create links that are not yet ready. If you want to show the reader that an item will someday be a link, bold it and put an estimated completion date next to the link. Do not override the settings for the appearance of links. When links take the reader to something other than text, tell them (example: e-mail).
Information Not Allowed
Notes on Writing for MRI's Web Site:
Use Of E-Mail
Launching E-mail is available on the site for professionals contributing content to the site. Professional and ethical use of e-mail is the responsibility of each professional. Mentor Research Institute (MRI) does not monitor e-mail activities between professionals on the site and the public.Cautions Concerning The Use Of E-mail
Mentor Research Institute (MRI) recommends that all professionals who request e-mail links be cautious and seek both training and consultation before attempting e-mail dialogues with mental health consumers. E-mail is not currently encrypted. MRI has several encryption systems for use on this site. MRI may work with professionals contributing to the site to develop secure E-mail communication for professionals involved with OregonCounseling.Org on an individual basis.Copyright Of Published Materials
All professional papers and articles submitted for publication to Mentor Research Institute (MRI) and subsequently published to OregonCounseling.Org will be copyrighted by MRI. Exceptions will be considered on a case by case basis. Previously published papers and articles may only be reprinted with permission from the copyright holder(s).
Roles And Responsibilities Of The Mentor Research Institute Board Of Directors
To carry out their responsibilities with regard to the Website OregonCounseling.Org, all members of the Mentor Research Institute (MRI) Board will have access to the Internet with the ability to explore the World Wide Web. It is expected that members of the MRI and Affiliate Boards will spend time exploring the World Wide Web, including MRI links to other sites. MRI Board members, at the direction of the Board, will assume individual and or committee member responsibilities with regard to specific tasks of Website development and operation.
Exclusion Of Material From The Site
The Mentor Research Institutes Board of Directors may choose to exclude any material, content or reference information from the site. Final authority to publish or post information on the site rests with the MRI Board of Directors. No contracts or agreements with other organizations will supercede MRI's final authority for approval or limitation of publication on OregonCounseling.Org.
Web server approval will be the decision of the Mentor Research Institute Board of Directors.
Roles And Responsibilities Of The Webmaster
On behalf of Mentor Research Institute the Webmaster may:
Press Release Policy
There will be occasions for press releases and public announcements concerning this Web site and its contents. Until a Mentor Research Institute (MRI) press release policy is developed and approved, all press releases by affiliates of MRI that mention or refer to MRI or OregonCounseling.Org must be approved by the MRI Web Site Committee.
Press releases must include the name of a contact person, phone number, fax number and e-mail address. Press releases should include a synopsis of the Mentor Research Institute mission, values, goals as indicated on the MRI Web page. Press releases should include the story you have to tell, the information the public needs, and other information that will facilitate or encourage peoples involvement.
Advertising And Public Awareness
Mentor Research Institute (MRI) is non-profit and does not engage in commercial advertising. MRI, OregonCounseling.Org and MRI affiliates do not engage in the sale of virtual space for the purposes of banner advertising or other forms of advertising that promote or sell products. Rather, the primary goal of OregonCounseling.Org is to promote public awareness and interaction with timely, up to date and professionally developed informational resources. The distinction between advertising and promoting public awareness may appear unclear to the casual observer, but closer examination will reveal a significant difference in the goals and the content of such messages.
Disclaimers And Other Important Information
A link to a disclaimer will be published on the Home Page of OregonCounseling.Org.