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Academic Websites in
Plone
Sally Kleinfeldt
Plone Symposium Midwest
5 June 2013
Why Plone?
Fundamentals
• Secure
• Accessible (Section 508)
• Scalable (users, pages)
• User friendly editing
• Flexible, ...
Why Plone?
Theming
• Give the site a custom look and feel
• Plone 4.3: TTW Diazo theming
• HTML/CSS development only
• No ...
Why Plone?
Custom Types
• Give the site custom behavior
• Plone 4.3: TTW Dexterity content types
• Add plone.app.workflowma...
Why Plone?
Subsites
• Manage many sites (departments,
schools) together
• Lineage (collective.lineage) - see Notre
Dame pr...
Why Plone?
Fundraising, CRM
• Salesforce.com integration suite
• collective.salesforce.fundraising - see
Nonprofit Fundrais...
Why Plone?
Calendaring
• Lots of calendaring tools are available
• Built in events, calendar
• Solegma.fullcalendar
• uwos...
Why Plone?
LIMS
• Laboratory Information Management
System
• Roles and workflows tailored for labs
• Bika LIMS
Why Plone?
Online Exhibits
• Multi-section exhibits from Plone content
• collective.exhibit
Why Plone?
2 Venerable Add-ons
• Faculty/Staff Directory
• CMF Bibliography AT
Faculty/Staff Directory
• Personnel directories tailored for
educational institutions
• Integrates with Plone users and gr...
Faculty/Staff Directory
• Tightly coupled to an academic
organizational model
• Classification (Staff/Faculty/Student)
• De...
Faculty/Staff Directory
• Honed for use in educational institutions
• Inflexible, difficult to adapt to other
membership sit...
Faculty/Staff Directory
• Work is beginning on a new membership
add-on, provisional name Roster
• Keeps membership separat...
Faculty/Staff Directory
• What is the future of FSD?
• Feature complete for the niche it
occupies
• Tweaks, bug fixes - yes...
CMF Bibliography AT
• Create and manage bibliographic references
• Provides 16 different types of references as
AT content...
CMF Bibliography AT
• Widely used, invaluable on academic
sites
• Created in 2005, current version 1.1.2
• Has not changed...
CMF Bibliography AT
• Cautionary notes when importing large
numbers of references:
• Many keywords (tags) will make editin...
CMF Bibliography AT
• What is the future of CMFBibliography?
• Feature complete for the niche it occupies
• Tweaks, bug fix...
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  1. 1. Academic Websites in Plone Sally Kleinfeldt Plone Symposium Midwest 5 June 2013
  2. 2. Why Plone? Fundamentals • Secure • Accessible (Section 508) • Scalable (users, pages) • User friendly editing • Flexible, granular permission system (global and local roles) • LDAP/Active Directory integration
  3. 3. Why Plone? Theming • Give the site a custom look and feel • Plone 4.3: TTW Diazo theming • HTML/CSS development only • No Python required
  4. 4. Why Plone? Custom Types • Give the site custom behavior • Plone 4.3: TTW Dexterity content types • Add plone.app.workflowmanager for business process automation • Also uwosh.northstar, uwosh.pfg.d2c
  5. 5. Why Plone? Subsites • Manage many sites (departments, schools) together • Lineage (collective.lineage) - see Notre Dame presentation tomorrow • Also ftw.subsite, or a lightweight site customization
  6. 6. Why Plone? Fundraising, CRM • Salesforce.com integration suite • collective.salesforce.fundraising - see Nonprofit Fundraising presentation tomorrow • Work is beginning on a new message queue based Salesforce integration - come to the BOF!
  7. 7. Why Plone? Calendaring • Lots of calendaring tools are available • Built in events, calendar • Solegma.fullcalendar • uwosh.timeslot • SignupSheet
  8. 8. Why Plone? LIMS • Laboratory Information Management System • Roles and workflows tailored for labs • Bika LIMS
  9. 9. Why Plone? Online Exhibits • Multi-section exhibits from Plone content • collective.exhibit
  10. 10. Why Plone? 2 Venerable Add-ons • Faculty/Staff Directory • CMF Bibliography AT
  11. 11. Faculty/Staff Directory • Personnel directories tailored for educational institutions • Integrates with Plone users and groups (Membrane) • Created in 2007, current version 3.1.3 • Widely used, actively maintained
  12. 12. Faculty/Staff Directory • Tightly coupled to an academic organizational model • Classification (Staff/Faculty/Student) • Department • Committee • All are AT content types
  13. 13. Faculty/Staff Directory • Honed for use in educational institutions • Inflexible, difficult to adapt to other membership situations • People cannot have different roles within a group (committee chair, member)
  14. 14. Faculty/Staff Directory • Work is beginning on a new membership add-on, provisional name Roster • Keeps membership separate from committee, department, etc. objects • Captures metadata about the user’s membership in a group • David Glick can tell you more!
  15. 15. Faculty/Staff Directory • What is the future of FSD? • Feature complete for the niche it occupies • Tweaks, bug fixes - yes • Dexterity rewrite? not likely...
  16. 16. CMF Bibliography AT • Create and manage bibliographic references • Provides 16 different types of references as AT content types • Schema follows BibTeX - LaTeX’s reference management system • Supports numerous import and export formats and easy to add new ones
  17. 17. CMF Bibliography AT • Widely used, invaluable on academic sites • Created in 2005, current version 1.1.2 • Has not changed in 2 years • Big, complicated code base - includes a CMF layer
  18. 18. CMF Bibliography AT • Cautionary notes when importing large numbers of references: • Many keywords (tags) will make editing impossible due to bug in keyword widget • Many references in one bibliography folder will clobber the nav portlet - hide them from nav
  19. 19. CMF Bibliography AT • What is the future of CMFBibliography? • Feature complete for the niche it occupies • Tweaks, bug fixes - yes • Dexterity rewrite? not likely... • If the CMF layer is removed, many academic sites will be prevented from upgrading...
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