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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

Learn more about Indigenous Education and Cultural Services

Brandfolder vs CMS Shared Assets website

There are two ways you can add an image to your site: by uploading an image to the CMS or by embedding an image from Brandfolder, the university's online digital asset management tool.

Brandfolder

Brandfolder is our online Digital Asset Management tool. It contains our online photo database and official brand assets.

Asset version control
Images and files that are uploaded to Brandfolder are published and hosted on external Brandfolder servers. These assets are tracked by the Brandfolder system; if asset versions change (assets get moved, renamed, or updated) within Brandfolder, any 
direct online links to these assets will automatically get updated. Using direct links is the preferred method of embedding Brandfolder assets in online applications such as websites.

Analytics
The Brandfolder system also tracks asset usage, including number of downloads and where assets are being used (if direct online links were used). We can set asset expiration dates as well so that links will automatically be disabled after a specified date.

Advanced search and tagging
Brandfolder uses advanced AI technology to automatically tag all assets with keywords. You can search for specific assets in Brandfolder using common keywords and phrases, like 'students on campus', or you can browse by folder/label, like 'Faculty of Business & IT' or 'headshots'.

Shared Assets website in the CMS

Shared Assets website - a central website in the CMS where all assets (images, documents and other files) are uploaded and saved.

Images and documents that are uploaded to the Shared Assets website in the CMS are published to the live site shared.ontariotechu.ca.

Each faculty and department owns their own subsection of this siteonly the particular faculty or department can edit the files within their subsection. However, all CMS users can view and link to files in all other faculty or department folders. This ensures there is only a single, up-to-date instance of a particular file uploaded to the CMS so everyone can link to the same file. If the file owner updates this file, the file will be updated on all pages and sites linking to the file. 

  If you do not own or manage the original version of a file, please do not upload your copy of this file to your department folder in the CMS. Contact the owner of the file to determine its location in the Shared Assets website or contact us so you can link to the original file internally.

When to use Brandfolder vs. Shared Assets

You can think of Brandfolder as our official repository of university images and documents. 'Generic' images, images that could be used across multiple website, Ontario Tech stock photography, and widely used documents are housed within Brandfolder. 

The Shared Assets website in the CMS should only be used for faculty or department-specific images and documents, such as a VPN request form for IT Services. 

  Where possible, embed assets directly from Brandfolder using external links, instead of uploading them to the Shared Assets website in the CMS. Before uploading files to the CMS, check Brandfolder to see if the same or similar file already exists. If you have an asset that you think belongs on Brandfolder (such as a 'generic' image that could be used on multiple websites), contact us and we'll add it to Brandfolder.

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