What is GO?

GO is an aliasing and redirection application. Don’t let the jargon intimidate you, just think of it as a way to make and use shortcuts to college resources.

If you’d like to see a list of shortcuts that are currently available simply type “go” into the address bar of your web browser. If you are off campus you may use “go.middlebury.edu”. If you’d like to visit a go shortcut directly from on campus simply type it into your address bar. For instance type “go/liswiki” and hit “enter” to get to the LIS wiki page.

Chances are you will use a go link without even realizing it by clicking on a normal anchor (link) in a web page. You can use a GO shortcut as a URL in a link on a web page for any page internal to middlebury.edu. Example: <a href=”http://go.middlebury.edu/liswiki”>LIS Wiki</a>. You’ll want to use a GO shortcut rather than a direct link for any resources you are linking to that could change location. As long as the shortcut admin updates the shortcut when a content location changes you won’t need to update any of your links.

GO eased the launch of the new site by allowing links in content to be easily updated en-mass. GO has also become central to our search strategy as GO shortcuts are now provided as suggestions and automatic-redirects when you enter search terms on the main site.

This year we’ve added additional features to GO, such at the community moderation of GO shortcuts, an improved editing and admin interface, as well as the ability to generate a QR code for any go shortcut by visiting its info page.

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