Museums, libraries, art institutes, and many other types of organizations need online exhibits - websites that mimic the experience of walking through a gallery discovering interesting and beautiful objects. Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection recently completed a major website redesign, with Plone as their chosen CMS, and online exhibits are an important part of the new site. They wanted many features, but they also wanted online exhibits to be easy for content editors - even interns - to create.
In this talk Sally Kleinfeldt and Alec Mitchell describe collective.exhibit the new open source Plone add-on for online exhibits that we have created for Dumbarton Oaks and for the Plone community. Sally will provide background about what Dumbarton Oaks wanted in their online exhibits. Alec will describe our implementation, covering our use of Dexterity content types, bulk content creation, and how we used templates to provide a rich feature set while still making it easy for inexperienced content editors to create exhibits.