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CMS And APIs At The Science Museum



Ben Morgan and Stephen Pope discuss how Eduserv built a content management system which worked with APIs and the Science Museum's complex content needs.

Ben Morgan and Stephen Pope discuss how Eduserv built a content management system which worked with APIs and the Science Museum's complex content needs.



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  • 1. CMS & APIs at the Science Museum Ben Morgan & Stephen Pope Eduserv 2009
  • 2. Eduserv Eduserv is a not-for-profit IT services group delivering technology services to the public sector & the information industry. Using contributions generated from these activities the Eduserv Research Programme funds initiatives supporting the effective application of IT in education.
  • 3. What we do • Managed hosting • Complex websites • CMS & bespoke development • Integration & web services
  • 4. Sitecore CMS • Sitecore is a .Net development platform in its own right • At its most fundamental level it is very open & flexible • Sitecore can integrate with APIs of whatever specification required • Eduserv have more Sitecore developers than any other UK partner
  • 5. CMS vendor landscape Low Priced Mid Market Upper Tier Enterprise Hosted Open Source
  • 6. An application programming interface (API) is a set of functions, procedures, methods or classes that an operating system, library or service provides to support requests made by computer programs. David Orstein – Computer World (Wikipedia).
  • 7. “API = The nubby bit on a Lego brick” Aaron Straup-Cope from Flickr
  • 8. The Science Museum • Founded in 1857 with objects taken from the Great Exhibition in Crystal Palace • Focused on stimulating children's interest & curiosity in science • It is a very hands on place with many interactive exhibitions – it feels a bit like an amusement park • The special exhibitions are perhaps more dynamic than those of other museums…
  • 9. Alcock and Brown's Vickers Vimy biplane, first to cross the Atlantic 1919
  • 10. Babbage's Analytical Engine, 1834-1871 – the first automated calculating model
  • 11. The Science Museum & CMS • The Science Museum is a dynamic organisation with a clear web strategy • The focus of the strategy is around Sitecore • The CMS is to be the corner stone of all projects • Going to look at two projects & how the CMS has been used to deliver benefits for either information or education
  • 13. “Launchball” • d/launchball/ • “An interactive game for children to help promote learning and interest in Physics & the Sciences”
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  • 15. Created by Preloaded – a multi award winning creative team of people •Euro best - Gold Winner, Games •SXSW - Winner, Games & Best of Show •Flash in the Can - Winner, Technical Excellence •Museums & the Web - Winner, Innovation •D&AD - In-book Status •Creative Review Annual - In-book Status •Webbys - Finalist, Games •FWA - Site of the Day
  • 16. Launchball CMS Integration
  • 17. Restful API “Simple interface which transmits domain-specific data over HTTP without an additional messaging layer such as SOAP or session tracking via HTTP cookiesquot;
  • 18. “Brought to Life” • life.aspx • “A solution to retrieve content from multiple collections databases into the CMS for web projects”
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  • 20. GOD Integration Layer
  • 21. “An application without APIs is like a house without doors.” Josh Walker, Forrester Research Inc.
  • 22. So add a line to every spec you release; “MUST include a strong API, SOAP or REST” It could make vast difference to the way your CMS works for you.
  • 23. Thanks for listening And thanks to these people, too; Luxtonnerre - 07/sizes/l/ Windell H. Oskay, Stephen Pope – Eduserv Mike Ellis – Eduserv Tim Hobday – Eduserv The Science Museum Ben Morgan & Stephen Pope Eduserv