Presented by Nate Aune at the CM Pros Fall 2007 Summit on Web Content Management, November 26, 2007.
Plone is a flexible open source content management system that is being used by Motorola, Nokia, NASA, Disney, HP, eBay and the Free Software Foundation. PloneMultimedia is a suite of add-on Plone components which make it easy to publish audio/video files and generate podcast feeds.
This talk will demonstrate some of the unique features of PloneMultimedia and discuss case studies where Plone is successfully being used in an artist community to share music and video files.
When a user uploads an audio/video file to the Plone-based website, the metadata (album, artist, producer, etc.) is automatically extracted from the file. Not only does this save the user from tedious data entry, but this metadata is also indexed using Plone’s powerful search tool, so the content is readily searchable.
Plone has the concept of Smart Folders - saved searches that return a list of content based on criteria the site admin specifies. This makes it very easy for non-technical users to generate lists of multimedia content (i.e. all MP3s with genre ‘jazz’).
Using Plone’s built-in workflow engine, the multimedia content can be submitted for review, and approved by a moderator. This ensures that inappropriate user-generated content can be rejected instead of being inadvertently published.
Plone also has many collaborative features which help to foster participation and online community. Users can submit their own multimedia content and comment, rate and tag other users’ content.