Work is currently underway to manage and rationalise the web estate.
The University owns and manages the domain www.ed.ac.uk but a devolved approach in managing the University web estate has resulted in a growth of websites and associated web applications.
An audit of University infrastructure in September 2017 found that there are around 1,600 University of Edinburgh websites, only one of which is the corporate University Website (www.ed.ac.uk/*). The corporate University website contains 400 sub-sites of its own.
The other website domains are split between circa 1,300 sub-domains (for example, law.ed.ac.uk) and 300 top-level domains (for example, www.mediblog.ed.ac.uk) depending on the business unit’s affiliation to the University. The suppliers, technology base or quality of these solutions is not well known and it’s a bit of a wild west at the moment.