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Searching Modes data in WordPress


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Presentation for the Modes Users Association Annual Meeting 25.9.2013. Outlines new developments for publishing Modes data online using using WordPress plugins.

Presentation for the Modes Users Association Annual Meeting 25.9.2013. Outlines new developments for publishing Modes data online using using WordPress plugins.

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  • 1. Richard Light, Richard Langley MUA Annual Meeting, 25 September 2013
  • 2. Wordpress  Popular framework for developing web sites  Particular emphasis on supporting blogs  Free, Open Source  Increasingly used for museum web sites, e.g.  Toledo Museum of Art:  Ukrainian Museum-Archives  Margate Museum  John Gray Centre (w. Orangeleaf)
  • 3. Wordpress plugins  Popular way of adding functionality to Wordpress sites, e.g.  Spam filter for comments  Calendar  Contact form  Simply download and install  Fit within overall site design/theme  Standard themes provided with Wordpress  Specialist museum themes (
  • 4. Modes Wordpress plugin  Allows you to include Modes data within a Wordpress site  Live data access  Straightforward to set up  Can access local data, or remote files if published as Modes Linked Data
  • 5. Adding “shortcodes”  To add Modes plugin features to your site, simply include “shortcodes” in your Wordpress page:
  • 6. Initial screen: fixed searches
  • 7. Modes ‘data grid’  Fixed searches are defined in plugin’s admin page:
  • 8. Modes ‘hit list’
  • 9. Hit list facets
  • 10. Easily update your search  Click on a facet term to add it to your search  Current search terms are displayed, and can be cleared if not required:
  • 11. Modes ‘detail’ view
  • 12. Comment form  Logged-in users can submit comments on an object:
  • 13. Modes ‘timeline’
  • 14. Modes map view
  • 15. Multiple data sources  In this test implementation three Modes files are being searched in parallel  Two are local files; one is remote, accessed via the Modes Linked Data Framework  Data from the remote site is displayed in the format specified by the owner of that site
  • 16. Specifying data sources
  • 17. Autocomplete support  As you type into text boxes, matching terms from the index are displayed:
  • 18. Map: pop-up detail
  • 19. Specifying indexes to search
  • 20. Modes index search
  • 21. Development plans  Working with Swansea Museums to develop an initial “proper” implementation  Interested in partnering with other Modes users who are planning a Wordpress-base site  Option of additional features, e.g.  More structured input (-> collections management)  Easily drop single records into a page  Possibly extend support to other CMS platforms, e.g. Drupal, if there is the demand