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VITA Version 6 is coming soon!

We're in the final stages of bringing VITA to a new, more agile platform.

Before we roll out VITA V6, we want you to know what to expect: what's new, what we're retiring, and how the upgrade will affect you and your team.


Tentative dates for the service interruption is the end of November-early December. The actual dates will be announced as soon as we are absolutely certain!

It will take about 3 days to move everything around into its proper spots. We'll post updates on the VITA Help site and data management login screen as things progress.

What does this mean for you? Read on...
What's New
Faster and more responsive indexing
So when you change a record or add something to a group it will appear on the public side faster and with less work on your part

Better video uploads
No more third party step-away, just upload and play. And the YouTube embed option is always there for everyone!

Sleeker CSS
VITA's classic look is upgraded, plus some new CSS to choose from. Think:  "new spring fashions for 2018!"
Responsive search & results screens
Don't use Creative commons licenses, locations, or groups? They'll automatically hide from advanced search options!

Completely separate News from Images sites
If you have a news and an images site for different stuff there will be no more overlap of content: it's a clean break!

Plus a few other cool things and bug fixes too... stay tuned!

What will disappear

Mobile search
Most browsers handle websites in mobile view by simply reducing them, so we're taking away the "stripped down" version link on your sidebars.
Search widgets
Search widget code only plays nicely in straight HTML-based web pages, so we're retiring the "How to link to this site" link in your sidebar. Don't worry, though, if you have a search widget embedded somewhere, it won't disappear or change!
FLV [Flash] video files
Flash is something the web doesn't love anymore, so we've converted any FLV files and reloaded them as MP4 for you; and made video uploading a lot easier when you're ready to add more!
What to plan for...
Migration will take 3 days
Your public search sites will remain available online but contributions, comments and postcards will be disabled (we don't want to lose anything!)
Data management will be completely unavailable.
This means you won't be able to...
  • log in to VITA
  • add  or edit index records
  • add or edit items
  • review comments or contributions
...until we give the all clear!
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