CMS group meeting – this time with Arts only, Shaffiq Rahemtulla and Liang Shao – and banging through the issues.
Five things to cover to make sure Arts will get what they need – so in works is Arts’ access (read-only for now) to our GIT repository which has potential to allow their developers to be actively involved in developing the overall CMS platform. We are still strict about VPN pool access, and going through the process is great for Arts in case they decide to recreate similar developing framework. Also inventoried need for few minor short-code and theme tweaks, like before-singular theme reserved area that will assure ability for CLF sub-branding. Well caught by Shaffiq and will make fantastic addition to the theme for assuring faculty-specific CLF sub-branding.
But perhaps the most significant is the request for generalizing Wiki Embed functionality that will make possible secure and easy external database integrations from external sites. Hello Circle as true publication management tool for UBC researchers, faculties and students.
Two weeks ago, during Will’s and mine talk, Jessica Motherwell McFarlane had made a few strong arguments about the lack of desirability of university publishing spaces when compared to public ones like blogger or wordpress.com. We did try to point to some advantages of UBC own platforms (blogs, wiki, cms) such as CWL integration, hosting in Canada, university’s brand (CLF) integration, wiki audience-tailored spaces and Wiki Embed among others and so today we met. Thanks Donna Scalzo for facilitating this – we learned a lot from heavy and engaged user and as a result there will soon be a UBC version of excellent Jessica’s gender companion blog.