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MW2010: Bill Bostick, Building a Cultural Calendar
MW2010: Bill Bostick, Building a Cultural Calendar
MW2010: Bill Bostick, Building a Cultural Calendar
MW2010: Bill Bostick, Building a Cultural Calendar
MW2010: Bill Bostick, Building a Cultural Calendar
MW2010: Bill Bostick, Building a Cultural Calendar
MW2010: Bill Bostick, Building a Cultural Calendar
MW2010: Bill Bostick, Building a Cultural Calendar
MW2010: Bill Bostick, Building a Cultural Calendar
MW2010: Bill Bostick, Building a Cultural Calendar
MW2010: Bill Bostick, Building a Cultural Calendar
MW2010: Bill Bostick, Building a Cultural Calendar
MW2010: Bill Bostick, Building a Cultural Calendar
MW2010: Bill Bostick, Building a Cultural Calendar
MW2010: Bill Bostick, Building a Cultural Calendar
MW2010: Bill Bostick, Building a Cultural Calendar
MW2010: Bill Bostick, Building a Cultural Calendar
MW2010: Bill Bostick, Building a Cultural Calendar
MW2010: Bill Bostick, Building a Cultural Calendar
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MW2010: Bill Bostick, Building a Cultural Calendar

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A presentation from Museums and the Web 2010. …

A presentation from Museums and the Web 2010.

This mini workshop will focus on the calendar sub-project of the Balboa Park Online Collaborative’s multi-institutional, Drupal Web site deployment. Like most cultural institution Web sites, the sites from BPOC member institutions have a significant emphasis on events – exhibitions, lectures, classes, tours, performances, etc. Commercial calendar products are often not flexible enough to meet the specific needs of the cultural heritage field, forcing many museums to make do with inadequate calendaring systems at great expense. Additionally, the complexities of scheduling events on-line for museums and cultural institutions (e.g. a tour that takes place every other Monday, except for holidays, when it happens on Tuesday) often leads to either inefficient or, on the other end of the spectrum, overly complex calendaring software that non-technical staff are loathe to embrace and technical staff are loathe to support. Finally, in a multi-institutional environment like Balboa Park, there is significant need for a centralized, automated calendar system that will streamline workflows for marketing and publicity staff by simplifying the data entry process and allowing the institutions to both coordinate events with their neighbors and distribute accurate event information to other media outlets and social networks en masse.

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  • 1. Building a Cultural Calendar
    Balboa Park Online Collaborative
    San Diego, CA
  • 2. Balboa Park Online Collaborative
    About 20 Member Cultural Institutions
    Size and Resources vary greatly
    Many have no dedicated technology staff
    They all have online calendars
    Balboapark.org
  • 3.
  • 4. Goals of project
    Atomic representation of Events
    Support for complex recurring events
    Support for instance-specific data
    Two-way Aggregation of calendar data between sites
    Eliminate duplication of effort
    Simple and efficient backend
    Compatibility with Drupal components
  • 5. Non-Goals of Project
    Presentation
  • 6.
  • 7. Existing Calendar Solutions
    Existing Drupal Date Support
    Alternative CMS Date Support
    Google Calendar
    iCal-based solutions (phpCalendar, etc.)
  • 8. What’s So Hard About Recurring Events?
    No support for multiple RRULEs
    No support for combining RRULEs and RDATEs
    Insufficient Granularity
    No support for Instance-Specific Data
    Cumbersome and Complex Backend
    Recurring Event vs. a Series of Events
  • 9.
  • 10.
  • 11.
  • 12.
  • 13.
  • 14.
  • 15. Aggregation
    Two-way aggregation of events
    Propagate changes from multiple points
    Provide Custom Feeds as required
  • 16.
  • 17.
  • 18. Drupal Components
    Extended Date CCK Field
    Javascript CCK Date Field Widget
    Instance Node Type and Reference
    Atom-based Event Aggregator
    Aggregation Client
  • 19. Something to Share?
    bbostick@bpoc.org
  • 20. Questions?

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