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New CPBIS Web Site Goes Live

ATLANTA, GA -- May 9, 2006. On Tuesday of this week, when its new Web site was released to the public, CPBIS reached the end of a journey started several months ago. Our management team, together with the Board of Executives (BoE), decided it was time for a new site that would reflect the CPBIS branding image more closely than the previous one, which had been in use since early 2002. The web site address remains the same as before: http://www.cpbis.gatech.edu

The design of the new site involved changes not only in its visual aspect, to obtain a more contemporary feel, but also in its structure. (The CPBIS of 2006 is significantly different from the CPBIS of 2001.) Structural change was also needed to make the site more easily navigable, and to allow information to be found more quickly. A major change is the creation of a “Resources” category, which allows one-stop retrieval of industry statistical data, Jim McNutt’s “State of the Industry” postings, online paper industry Web tools, other articles of interest, and connections to CPBIS research findings.

Since switching to a new site can be a source of confusion, we have tried to minimize the inconvenience to users and smooth out the learning curve by using automatic forwarding links in key places where pages are often visited, such as the CPBIS newsletter, the Management Development course, the three web tools, etc.

Each of the main categories (About CPBIS, Research, Education, Connectivity, Resources, Sponsors, Sloan) has its own header, to facilitate visual recognition. Under this header, the clickable “bread crumb” links allow the user to always know which category and subcategory he or she is currently browsing. The top banner is clickable and will take the user back to the CPBIS home page. The expandable menu on the left allows the user to rapidly browse the content of any given category.

As always, we continue to be open to input and suggestions for improving the new site. Minor changes are likely to occur in the next few weeks or months following input from users and the BoE.

For comments and suggestions on the web site please e-mail : Bob.Davies@ipst.gatech.edu


About CPBIS: The Center for Paper Business and Industry Studies (CPBIS) is an internationally recognized academic research center providing business knowledge of relevance to the global forest products industry. The CPBIS is cosponsored by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), and the Paper Industry.



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