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CloudEngine is free and open-source software. Install it on a server and create an instant social website structured around Clouds, Cloudscapes and CloudStreams. CloudEngine powers Cloudworks. …

CloudEngine is free and open-source software. Install it on a server and create an instant social website structured around Clouds, Cloudscapes and CloudStreams. CloudEngine powers Cloudworks.

Get CloudEngine, http://getcloudengine.org/

Presented: DevCSI developer day, 17 February 2011. http://wiki.2011.dev8d.org/w/Session-L45 | http://getcloudengine.org

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  • License: Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike-NonCommercial License - except photos/logos slide 4/ 'Who?'   Other links:   Dev8D, http://wiki.2011.dev8d.org/w/Session-L45 Project blog: http://cloudengineblog.wordpress.com Mailing list... OULDI blog: http://www.open.ac.uk/blogs/OULDI Nick's twitter: http://twitter.com/nfreear    NOTE, CloudEngine and Cloudworks are not related to cloud computing!
  • Screen shot of a CloudEngine home page. Aurora theme, by Stephen Turvey / Yep Design, http://stephenturvey.co.uk/
  • A formal 'mission' would be: Develop software to make creating social web sites easier Keep the essence of Cloudworks Keep it small and lightweight Make it flexible, extensible, usable, accessible.   What CloudEngine is not: Not a 'Swiss army knife', eg. a general purpose Content Management System/ CMS. Not a desktop tool!
  • Top photo: Copyright Juliette Culver, of J.Culver.   People: Juliette Culver collaborated with Gráinne Conole on initial devlopment. Prof. Gráinne Conole is the academic lead on Cloudworks and the OULDI project. Juliette was lead developer until November 2010 - she's now on maternity leave. Mum & baby doing well! Rebecca Galley helps build the Cloudworks community Nick Freear is acting lead developer on Cloudworks and CloudEngine. Richard Lovelock is a welcome addition to the development team, working on Direct Messaging among other things.   Other contributors:   Stephen Turvey / Yep Design - graphic design, Cloudworks & Aurora themes. Martha Vasilidou - Greek translation. 3rd party developers - CodeIgniter, TinyMCE...! Tools - Bitbucket.org Funders: The Open University JISC via OULDI project EU via EUPT3 project  
  • Notes: Direct-private messaging is new in CloudEngine 1.1.0-beta - the work of Richard Lovelock. Internationalization - Danish coming soon! CloudEngine/ Cloudworks - built with accessibility in mind. Cloudworks - 4000 registered users, 160+ countries...       Clouds - one person starts, others collaborate with extra content, comments, embeds, links... Cloudscapes - group Clouds around a theme or event. We think of this as a social site, centred around objects, not people(!)
  • Currently CloudEngine prefers Apache. We're keen to support Microsoft IIS etc. Also, other database systems... API currently provides JSON/XML responses - currently GET.   Mercurial repository, on Bitbucket.org
  • A lot of the current roadmap was 'set' at an away day we went on, 20 Sep 2010, http://cloudworks.ac.uk/cloudscape/view/2202   Other things: An 'extensions' / contributed-code repository Pluggable authentication - eg. OpenID, single signon Integration - consume feeds, etc. Moodle...?
  • Screen shot of Direct messaging - inbox page, on Cloudworks   Direct messaging - new feature in CloudEngine 1.1-beta Private, multi-recipient By Richard Lovelock http://flickr.com/photos/cloudengine/
  • This slide is a bit rough...! Some of the big potential gains from open-sourcing: Internationalization Photo - CC-by-nc-sa, by Ethelred the Unusual/ Simon Petts, http://flickr.com/photos/8032014@N04/476887602/
  • Ideas for integration - consume feeds, data etc. Eg. integrate with Moodle....? Pluggable authentication. Extensions...
  • License: Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike-NonCommercial License - except photos/logos slide 4/ 'Who?'   Other links:   Dev8D, http://wiki.2011.dev8d.org/w/Session-L45 Project blog: http://cloudengineblog.wordpress.com Mailing list - Google Groups... OULDI blog: http://www.open.ac.uk/blogs/OULDI Nick's twitter: http://twitter.com/nfreear Project mailbox: cloudworks@open.ac.uk

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  • 1. Get Cloud Engine Cloudworks, open-sourced www. getcloudengine.org   Nick Freear, The Open University Dev8D 2011  
  • 2.  
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  • 3. What?
    • Cloud Engine is an easy way to create a social web site - using 'Clouds' and 'Cloudscapes'. Ideal for events & discussion.
    • Cloud Engine is lightweight, fast & well-featured.
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    • Cloud Engine powers Cloudworks, http://cloudworks.ac.uk
    • And it's free & open source software, licensed under the GPL!
  • 4. Who?
    • Cloudworks - Juliette Culver, Gráinne Conole, Rebecca Galley
    • Institute of Educational Technology The Open University
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    • Nick Freear & Richard Lovelock
    • JISC/ EU/ OU funding
    •  
    • ...
  • 5. Features
      • Clouds, Cloudscapes
      • ** Direct messaging - NEW **
      • Host & archive events - workshops etc.
      • Tags, search, user profiles, Cloudstreams
      • Favourite & follow
      • Embed video, slides, Twitter ... (oEmbed)
      • RSS feeds, API
      • Internationalized - currently in English and Greek! 
      • Admin: statistics
      • Accessible, extensible, themable
  • 6. Technical
      • Uses PHP 5 and MySQL
      • Built on CodeIgniter MVC framework - lightweight, easy to learn
      • Prefer Apache and mod_rewrite
      • Clean URLs
      • Uses jQuery, Tiny MCE editor, Mollom anti-spam
      • oEmbed for embedding
      • GNU Gettext for localization
      • Configurable REST API, internationalization, moderation...
      • Built with accessibility & standards in mind
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    • hg clone http://bitbucket.org/cloudengine/cloudengine
  • 7. Roadmap
      • New features
        • Direct messaging - done
        • HTML5 forms... - started
        • Installer/ admin improvements
        • More embedding (LAMS, Prezi...)
        • Extensions? More API? RDFa?
        • You decide...!
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      • Communication
        • A self-hosted, social project site
        • Videos, screencasts...
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      • Benefits to the community, Cloudworks & CloudEngine
  • 8. Direct Messaging - new!
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  • 9. Open-sourcing...
    • Challenges
      • It's a big open-source world...
      • Finding your niche
      • Communicating
      • Tools? Mercurial, Git
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    • Why open-source?
      • Sustainability
      • Growth
      • Collaboration
      • Internationalization
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    • http://flickr.com/photos/8032014@N04/476887602/
  • 10. Get involved
      • Contribute feedback , publicity
      • Contribute documentation
      • Contribute code
      • Contribute translations
      • Ideas for integration 
    • Try out Cloudworks...
  • 11. Get Cloud Engine Cloudworks, open-sourced www. getcloudengine.org   Nick Freear, The Open University Twitter: @nfreear n.d.freear AT open.ac.uk