For bio pages for faculty, staff, residents, and more, the health sciences currently uses the Bios System in Drupal 7. The system automates the updating, display, and sharing of faculty and staff bios across departments, schools, colleges, centers, and other areas in the health sciences.
Note: The Bios System is being retired with Drupal 7. We recommend that units move their faculty bio information into the University’s Works system. See more information about the Bios transition on the Web Resources page.
How the Bios System works
The individual's bio information lives in a central database, independent from Drupal and any web content management system. After logging in, web editors like you can easily add or update content using the bio builder form, and the information can publish to any number of web pages. You can also customize which fields to include on the faculty/staff list pages on different sites, and there are several options for list display.
Access point: Go to bios system
Web pages for individual bios and listing pages: The data appears on individual bio web pages, and listing pages can be created on different sites and sections. If there is no information entered for a field, it will not be displayed.
Bio builder form: You can add, update, and delete bio information in a single place to manage the shared information so it is consistent across all health sciences websites.
Bio list-maker tool within the bios system to create faculty/staff listing pages on health sciences websites.
Bios database: Behind the scenes, the bios database provides a centralized, comprehensive “source of truth” for health sciences faculty/staff bio information. The bios database is independent of any content management system, therefore the data can be pulled into any website. The database holds bios information in a secure, reliable manner that preserves the state of the information in its original import as well as a full record of changes.
Why an Bios System?
Bio web pages exist to provide a faculty/staff member’s credentials, education, contact information, specialties, publications, clinical and/or research expertise/interests, awards, memberships, and other key information, in order for users to learn more about a teacher, colleague, physician, researcher, etc.
Popular content on our greatest asset: Our people
Some of the most visited, most prevalent, and most important content on websites across the health sciences are bio pages for faculty and staff. Bios are also some of the most difficult to maintain and confusing to keep consistent across sites, with more than 5,000 bios in the health sciences.