[Webcom] Install: Moodle, journal, conference systems
Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)
tmitchell at osgeo.org
Sun Jul 29 00:25:35 EDT 2007
Hi everyone, I've been testing out a few different systems that
various committees, projects, etc. pointed me to and am ready to
install them on osgeo1.
The applications in question are:
* Moodle: http://moodle.org/ - course management system for online
learning (for Edu Com), already in use by some EduCom curriculum
contributors, comes with good recommendation and familiarity by others.
* Open Conference System (OCS): http://pkp.sfu.ca/ocs/ (for
Conference Com), to improve committee level access for event
planning, session tracking, file management, maintaining a legacy of
conference information, etc. To serve minimally as an easy way to
handle preliminary planning, hosting some files, etc. Potentially as
a year-to-year system for tracking our main events.
* Open Journal System (OJS): http://pkp.sfu.ca/ojs/ (for Journal
project), to improve the set up, review, creation, publication,
indexing, etc. of OSGeo Journal. This is primarily a workflow
application that helps tie together various stages of journal
All of the above are stable, mature projects built using, in our
case, MySQL and PHP. While it is theoretically possible to mirror
their functionality using custom Drupal development, I believe that
is not the best approach, nor feasible at this point in time. There
are others I've talked to that have a similar set up as ours, Drupal,
plus these other apps, plus LDAP and mediawiki.
They also all support LDAP. There is also some work going on to
supply a php-based single-sign-on for these projects. My experience
using them has also been positive - the systems are highly
responsive, easy to install and compact in size. But the biggest
impact will be when it has made it easier for others in our community
to maintain the content in their systems.
If anyone has any questions, concerns or issues they want to discuss
before I proceed on installation, please let me know. I would like
to start this soon.
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