MUniversity of Minnesota

February 19, 2004

T Minus 20 days?

We are very close now. Everything we wanted to accomplish with modifying the code of Movable Type we have accomplished. Now what is left is to vigorously test our work for bugs, create user and administrator documentation, create user templates, and also to start setting up some intial users for a pilot test of the installation. To recap, here is a snapshot of what we have done so far. The library blog system will:

  • Use the U of M Central Authentication Hub (x.500) for access to the system. This means no messy username/password maintenance for us, and easy access to the system for students/faculty/staff.
  • Give people an easy way to post/edit web content without knowing HTML.
  • Allow students, faculty, and staff to create multiple blogs, really as many blogs as anyone wants.
  • Allow blog owners to easily attach other authors to their blogs to create team blogs, class blogs, club blogs, etc.
  • Create the necessary blog directories (the main directory and the archives directory) on the fly without administrator intervention.
  • Allow us to aggregate, disseminate, categorize blog content in a myriad of ways. We could create our own campus specific, categorize blogs by major or department affiliation, or conduct statistical analysis on blogging in general. The research potential is incredible.
  • Allow the libraries to easily record the student, faculty, and staff experience at the university for future research.
  • Instantly tie in to the MyU portal. Thanks to Movable Type's automatic RSS syndication page generation our users will be able to use the MyU portal as a blog aggregator.
  • Make use of one of the most popular blog software packages in the world: Movable Type.

So, I know what you must be thinking. When? When are the libraries going to unveil this? We are hoping to start allowing "real" users by the middle of March. Of course, a more definite time will be available soon, but things are coming together nicely. If you are interested in being one of the initial testers of the system, please let me know!

Posted by snackeru at February 19, 2004 02:59 PM