Visitors automatically redirected from current websites. No decision yet on email addresses.
'The current website is outdated', explains Yno Papen, manager of the internet project. 'The new one makes its starting point the structure of the organization rather than that of the user. For example, at the moment, people surfing for information about bees need to know that they should look under PRI. On Google too, information will be easier to find if you work with logical subdomains, such as wageningenur.nl/Alterra.'
Papen mentions a second reason for changing the URL. 'It makes for better communication if the name of your URL is the same as that of your organization, in this case wageningenur.nl.'
The transition from wau.nl to wur.nl six years ago generated a lot of work and frustration for researchers. They had to adjust their addresses themselves and noticed a dip in their accessibility. Papen: 'We are solving that with the technology. All operational website will use redirects which will be permanently active.' The suffix on the email addresses will remain wur.nl for the present because automatizing access to scientific databases seems to be complicated.