New MCT Research Website nearing completion
David Clover 100000HNH4 Tags:  notes research fckeditor content_management domino website open_university 1,244 Visits
We are getting near the end of the programming phase of our new MCT (that's 'Faculty of Mathematics, Computing and Technology') Research Portal website here at the UK Open University. We've been collaborating with our London-based development partners Online Solutions Ltd to produce the new site. They've always done a fantastic job for us in the past merging great creativity and design skills with a comprehensive knowedge of Notes and Domino techniques.
The user requirements for the new site are complex (though fortunately not as complex as they were when we first started thinking about it) and Online Solutions Ltd has included a web-based Content Manager (WCM) which uses the Open Source FCKEditor as the back end. This is looking really good. It uses a 'WebQuerySave' event to parse the content changes and re-write them for the website, including 'Anchor' tags. My colleague Jef is writing another web-based input system, along the same lines, which will allow us to build a Domino database of information relating to projects and other items which we can use both in this website and potentially in others too so that the information can remain consistent. The goal is to use xPages for this, but the learning curve is steep so we may do a simple version first.
We've had a lot of support from users for our approach, and we also offer them a range of Template-based sites which are mounted in a Domino Content Managed environment via standard Lotus Notes 8.5 'Basic' clients. You can see the range on our Showcase site which also includes some of our web-based tools for other administrative and student-facing tasks.